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October 2016

The Uprooted: The Systematic Removal of Mixed-Race Children in Colonial Vietnam

October 26, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
HMNSS 1303

HISTORY LIBRARY TALKS public & students welcome; light reception @ 5:30pm In the 1890s, French colonists in Indochina founded charity organizations to “protect” mixed-race children born to Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao mothers. Protection societies gave them room and board in French institutions, tuition to the colony’s elite schools and job replacement upon reaching adulthood. A close examination of protection society rhetoric, membership, and actions reveals that the societies helped managed the colony’s racial agendas in ways that the colonial government…

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November 2016

On the Cusp of History: Exploring Incipient Vietnamese Civilization

November 4, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside presents: On the Cusp of History: Exploring Incipient Vietnamese Civilization Dr. Nam C. Kim, Associate Professor, Section Chair - Archaeology Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Exploring the underpinnings of Vietnamese civilization requires an engagement with textual narratives, archaeological data, and even the various agendas of modern-day communities. Like elsewhere in the world, legend, memory, and text have been combined in Vietnam to construct, reconstruct, and detail ancient origins, thus exploring the temporal margins between “prehistory” and…

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December 2016

Ideologizing Bird Music-Dance Traditions

December 5, 2016 @ 2:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Maria Christine Muyco University of the Philippines Fulbright Scholar in Residence at UCR  Colloquium presentation sponsored by the Program in Southeast Asian Studies  “Ideologizing Bird Music-Dance Traditions” My past research centers on the Panay Bukidnon of the Philippines and its ideology called sibod that manifests itself in the binanog (hawk-eagle expressive tradition). This ideology refers to sunú (music/movement structure), hampang (play on structures), santú (synchronization of elements), and tayuyon, which is a sense of mastery evident in the experience of…

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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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