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January 2017

Social Capital in Vietnam: Regional Variation and Local Development Trajectories

January 13 @ 3:10 pm - 4:30 pm
INTS 1111

Dr. Hy Van Luong This talk will focus on the regional variation in social relational configuration in rural Vietnam. It compares and contrasts specifically kinship and association ties in the northern delta and the central coast of Vietnam on the one hand and those in southern Vietnam on the other. On the basis of data from 7 rural Vietnamese communities, the paper explores the linkage between social relational configurations and local development trajectories in rural Vietnam. Dr. Hy Van Luong…

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February 2017

From “The Trust Of The People” to “Obeying Your Elders”

February 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
HMNSS 1303

From "The Trust Of The People" to "Obeying Your Elders": Colonial-era Transformations in Elite Confucian Thought Friday February 10 History Library HMNSS 1303 3pm - 430pm Using evidence from the policy questions and responses on the Palace Examinations, as well as textbooks and educational policy manuals from the post-civil service examination era, this talk will trace how the nineteenth century classical canon--a diverse set of philosophical, political, poetic, and geomantic texts--was gradually narrowed in secondary educational curriculums into twentieth century…

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Comparative Postcolonial Theory and the Question of Chinese Empire

February 23 @ 11:10 am - 12:30 pm
HMNSS 2412

This lecture joins the recent calls to expand the Anglo-Franco focus of prevailing postcolonial theory by engaging with Asian empires as well as Sinophone perspectives situated in Southeast Asia. What might a more comparative or relational postcolonial theory look like? How might Sinophone studies contribute to a more globally-oriented postcolonial critique? Shu-mei Shih is a professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among other works, her book, Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the…

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March 2017

Film screening and mini-recital: Thai Music at the Millennium: The Post-Life of a Royal Court Music

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
INTS 1128

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Film screening and mini-recital Thai Music at the Millennium: The Post-Life of a Royal Court Music The electrifying Thai classical music ensemble Kor Pai will play a brief live set after a screening of the film Homrong (Overture, 2004), in which their music is heard prominently. Homrong is a biopic about Luang Pradit Phairau (1881-1954), widely regarded as the most influential musician of the 20th century, whose career bridged the royal courts, to the end of the…

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May 2017

The Indonesian Way: Islam and Democracy

May 3 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
INTS 1113

A lecture by Dr. Giora Eliraz The “Indonesian way” is increasingly challenged by exclusive, intolerant winds originated outside of the local context. About two years ago Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim organizations in Indonesia, started to publicize its initiative of promoting globally, to the Middle East in particular, the concept Islam Nusantara (the Islam of the Indonesian Archipelago), as a multi-faceted message of a tolerant, moderate, peaceful Islam for curbing terror and extremism. This initiative seems to correspond with growing self- confidence of…

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October 2017

The Plight of the Rohingya

October 23 @ 5:00 pm
INTS 1109 + Google Map

Origins and Prospects Panel Discussion with Charmaine Craig (Creative Writing) Tamara Ho (Gender & Sexuality Studies) Emily Hue (Ethnic Studies) Over 5000,000 Rohingya have recently been driven out of Myanmar due to violent attack by the country's army, causing a refugee emergency. In this public conversation, we will consider: the history of majority nationalism and ethnic conflict in Burma/Myanmar, the perceived complicity of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the role of Islamophobia in the current conflict, and the…

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November 2017

Contents May Have Shifted Under the Radar: Transnational Network and Airline Political Economies in Myanmar and Thailand

November 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
INTS 1111 + Google Map

Lecture by Jane M. Ferguson, Australian National University

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