, during her 26 yearswith the Center. To this collectionwe have added all issues of
the journal focused onMaluku that was published by theCenter from 1990 to 2004.
can now be accessed in itsentirety via the UH HamiltonLibrary’s ScholarSpace on-lineresource collection. The
Florence K. Lamoureux Archive
will beavailable on ScholarSpace some-time in the Spring 2009 semester.The most recent addition to ourpublication list is the
Chronicles of Chiang Khaeng: A Tai Lü Principalityof the Upper Mekong
have produced anannotated translation anddescription of ﬁve texts that is atestimony to their scholarship andtheir dedication to the ﬁeld. Thetranslations are accompanied byThai inscriptions, an essay thatprovides a detailed historicalbackground, and maps and otherillustrations. Providing unprecedented access to local voices,
Chronicles of Chiang Khaeng
isan important new resource forour understanding of the historyof this little-known region. Wethank our publications chair,
, for hisuntiring dedication to editing andpreparing the manuscript forpublication.
Our goal of providing resources on Southeast Asia ismost visible in our Southeast AsiaFilm Project, which continuesunder the able leadership of PaulRausch. The weekly screening of Southeast ﬁlms drew more than1,000 ﬁlm aﬁcionados andnewcomers alike to the UHcampus over the course of the year. The Center again sponsoreda collection of Southeast Asianﬁlms and hosted a number of ﬁlmmakers and industry peoplefrom Southeast Asia in a series of post-screening Q&A at the 2008Hawaii International Film Festivalin October. In April 2009, Paulwill travel to a number of main-land universities and colleges toscreen selected Southeast Asianﬁlms in conjunction with theUniversity of Hawai‘i’s AsianStudies Program Freeman Foun-dation Grant for resource sharing with Minority Serving Institutions.
Muslim Societies in Asia
An important developmentfor Spring 2009 concerns thestrengthening of our MuslimSocieties in Asia initiative. Withthe support of the State of Ha-wai‘i Legislature and some of ourown funds, we have been able toappoint two coordinators,
AztiNezia Suriyanti binti Azmi
(MA student, Asian Studies) and
Mohamed Effendy bin AbdulHamid
(PhD student, History)who will develop a new educa-tional website. This website willprovide resource access points fortopics primarily related toMuslim societies in SoutheastAsia, but will also explore topicsrelated to Muslim societies inSouth Asia and in China as well.
While we have all beenenergized by the possibilities of developing and expanding ourSoutheast Asia program, we alsoface challenges. Like the rest of the nation, Hawai‘i has been hardhit by the current recession andthe ﬁnancial situation for the im-mediate future is bleak. As a stateinstitution, the University of Ha-wai‘i will inevitably be affected bythe economic downturn. Themajor concern for the Center isthe protection of our uniqueSoutheast Asia program,especially in regard to the main-tenance of language instructionfor our FLAS students. Thus farwe have been heartened by thecooperation between the Center,the School of Paciﬁc and AsianStudies, the Department of Indo-Paciﬁc Languages and theCollege of Languages, Linguisticsand Literatures here on ourcampus, but we must also preparefor a worsening situation. Theelection of
(Professor, Vietnamese) asincoming Director (from July 31,2010) is therefore fortunate. Hewill be responsible for developing the academic content of the 2009NRC proposal, and as a formerdirector and a key member of theDepartment of Indo-PaciﬁcLanguages, has a specialknowledge of the creative strate-gies that will be necessary to helpus through these difﬁcult times. Ihave no doubt, however, that ourlong history as a major Center forSoutheast Asian Studies and thecollegial cooperation I see allaround me will ensure that theCenter will emerge more unitedand committed than ever before.With my best wishes, I extenda warm Aloha to everyone in ourcommunity.
Barbara Watson AndayaDirector, Center for Southeast Asian StudiesUniversity of Hawai‘i
Filipino Film at UH
Director EllenOngkeko-Marﬁl fromthe Philippines, seenhere introducing herﬁlm
at theDole Cannery Theatres during the2008 HawaiiInternational FilmFestival.Ongkeko-Marﬁl wasone of eightSoutheast Asianﬁlmmakers –including directorsfrom Thailand,Indonesia, Singapore, Viet Nam and thePhilippines – broughtto Hawai‘i for the ﬁlmfestival by the Centerfor Southeast AsianStudies.
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