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2008-2009 CSEAS Annual Report

2008-2009 CSEAS Annual Report

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The 2008-2009 Annual Report for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
The 2008-2009 Annual Report for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

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Center for Southeast Asian StudiesUniversity of Hawai‘i
By Director Barbara Watson Andaya
 Dear friends and colleagues...
In late July 2008, when I re-turned from twelve months’sabbatical leave, I began to ask myself if my presence as directorwas really necessary. So much hadbeen accomplished in my absencethat I really felt quite dispensable!I would like to express my deepgratitude to Acting Director
Kirstin Pauka
(Professor, AsianTheatre), Associate Director
, and our graduate assis-tants
Hoa Le
Leon Potter
, and
Christian Razukas
for theirefficiency in overseeing thecompletion of various projects,including the highlight of the year, the Balinese shadow-play version of 
Under the auspices of the Department of Theatre andDance, Kirstin invited
, founder and artisticdirector of Shadowlight Produc-tions and one of the fewAmericans trained in
wayang kulit,
 or shadow puppetry, to spend asemester in Hawai‘i. Larry andKirstin worked with students inTheatre and Dance to produce amemorable and innovativeperformance that completely en-gaged local audiences. Shake-speare’s dramatic verse and thecomplex relationship betweenProspero, Miranda, Ariel andCaliban were given a new life asthe shadows of human “puppets”wearing specially made maskswere projected onto a largescreen. And the “SoutheastAsian” content was not merely visual, for an important feature of the production was the musicprovided by the University of Hawai‘i Balinese GamelanEnsemble directed by a secondartist-in-residence, Balinesepuppet master,
I NyomanSumandhi
Although I was notable to be present at the finalperformances, I was in Honolulubriefly in January and had theopportunity to see a dress
 A ( 
Ian Falconer (MA, AsianStudies) starred asProspero in theDepartment of Theatreand Dance’s version of theBard’s lauded comedy, aperformance infused withBalinese
and Larry Reed’sfamed shadowcasting.
Panorama(Vol. XII) is publishedannually by the Centerfor Southeast AsianStudies at theUniversity of Hawai‘i.For more informationabout the program,please visit theCenter’s website atwww.hawaii.edu/cseas
BarbaraWatson Andaya
Paul Rausch
Christian Razukas
rehearsal. I was amazed at thedexterity with which the cast co-ordinated their words and move-ments with the music and otheraudio effects, and the skill withwhich they handled theirelaborate masks so that the shad-ows were projected to full effect. Iwas not at all surprised to hearthat the production played to fullhouses, or that the reception wasoverwhelmingly enthusiastic. Theweek-long performance rungarnered mainstream press cover-age with previews and reviews inboth major Honolulu papers, pluscoverage and reviews from twolocal TV news stations. The out-reach component of this projectincluded school performances atthe Maui Arts and Culture Centerfor approximately 600 K-12children. You can see aperformance of 
 A (Balinese) Tem- pest 
streamed on our website.
Aceh Conference
In collaboration with theEast-West Center, the Hawai‘ichapter of the IndonesianStudents Association (PERMIAS),the Indonesian Club at theUniversity of Hawai‘i, theSoutheast Asia Program atCornell University, the ProvincialGovernment of Aceh, theIndonesian Embassy andConsulate in the United States,the National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration(NOAA), and the Aceh Relief Fund, joined the Center and ahost of other UH departments insupporting the internationalconference
 Beyond Tsunami: The Aceh Experience and International  Applications
in October. The two-day conference organized by
(MA, Asian Studies) high-lighted the research of youngerscholars and activists from Ha-wai‘i, the mainland United States,Europe, Australia and Indonesia.Paper topics covered such issuesas disaster management, peacebuilding and conflict resolution,Islam and democracy, ethnicidentity and culture, and Aceh’spost-tsunami recovery anddevelopment. The province of Aceh was presented by Mr.
Mu-hammad Nazar
, the vice gov-ernor. It is hoped that theconnections developed during thisperiod as well as a Memorandumof Understanding signed by theChancellor,
Virginia Hinshaw
will provide the basis for a con-nectionstinuing relationship withour Acehnese colleagues.
Brown Bags
Our efforts to provide aregular forum where UH col-leagues and visitors can sharetheir current research withinterested academic audiences hasflourished via our Brown Bag Lunch Series. The typically wellattended presentations havecovered topics ranging fromBurmese films to conservationissues along the Mekong River.The School of Pacific and AsianStudies encourages cooperationwhere possible, and we weretherefore pleased that two of these meetings (on migrantSoutheast Asian workers in Japan,and on ancient Japan-Javaconnections) were co-sponsoredby the Center for JapaneseStudies. Our effort to strengthenour campus connections was alsoevident in our collaboration withPublic Administration in sponsor-ing a visit by five Thai academicsfrom Khon Kaen University andfive local leaders – a mayor, aschool principal, the head of awoman’s group, a doctor, and thedirector of an environmentalNGO. The goal of the visit was tomeet local government officials inHonolulu, and to develop theframework for future collabora-tion with local leaders inCambodia and Laos. However,the Thai visit also coincided withthe political turmoil in Bangkok,and it was not surprising that atalk on Thai politics attracted anoverflow audience.
As always, the goal of theCenter for Southeast AsianStudies is to operate as a trulyNational Resource Center, despiteHawai‘i’s geographical separationfrom the United States mainland.An important initiative in thisdirection has been the digitizationof more than 10,000 pages of educational materials producedby the previous Associate
 Anne Kumar, Professor of Asian Studiesand Director of the International Centreof Excellence for Asia at the AustralianNational University, chats with ProfessorBarbara Watson Andaya, Director of UH’s Center for Southeast AsianStudies. Kumar’s provocative brownbag lecture on
 Java and Japan: A New View of the Yayoi Revolution
com-manded an overflow crowd of studentsand scholars alike.
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Florence K.Lamoureux
, 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 Mekon
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,
Kennon Breazeale
, for hisuntiring dedication to editing andpreparing the manuscript forpublication.
Film Programs
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.
New Director
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 
Stephen O’Harrow
 (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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