CSEAS Newsletter
June 9, 2017
This will be the last regular CSEAS newsletter for this academic year. The newsletter will begin again after UC Berkeley's fall semester gets underway in late August.
A scene from 'Patay Na Si Hesus' (Philippines, 2016)
This film will be screened at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco this month.
Campus Events

October 5
Symposium
Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship & Collection Treasures at Berkeley
Morrison Library
 
Pre-registration for this symposium ends August 1. See the website for the program and link to register.
Bay Area Events

Festival
Thursday, June 15
ART/LIT Launch Party
Asian Art Museum
Corner of Larkin and Fulton Sts. San Francisco
5:00 -8:00 p.m.
 
This special event highlights a new public sculpture on view near the Asian Art Museum, and features mural artist Megan Wilson (a collaborator on the Sama-sama/Together project with Indonesian artists in 2003), El Cerrito-based poet Maw Shein Win, and jazz musician Aireene Espiritu. See the museum website for more information.
 
Film Festival
June 15 - 25
Frameline - San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
San Francisco
 
The film festival includes screenings of the feature films Jesus is Dead [ Patay Na Si Hesus] (Philippines, 2016) directed by Victor Villanueva, Maybe Tomorrow [ Baka Bukas] (Philippines, 2016) directed by Samantha Lee, Love [ Yeu] (Vietnam, 2015) directed by Viet Max, and the short film Pria (Indonesia, 2016) directed by Yudho Aditya. See the festival  website for more details and for ticketing information.
 
Opening July 7
Exhibition
Pina weaving and embroidery from the Philippines
Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles
2982 Adeline St., Berkeley
 
Piña thread is extracted from the leaf of the pineapple plant, manually knotted together, then woven into fabric on traditional home looms. The exhibition here presents an extensive private collection.
Special Announcement

UCLA CSEAS Assistant Director Dr. Barbara Gaerlan will be retiring at the end of this month. Dr. Gaerlan has held this position since UCLA's center was founded, under the director of Prof. Anthony Reid, in 1999.  UCLA CSEAS has been the consortium partner with UC Berkeley CSEAS as a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asia since 2000. As an NRC, the centers have worked together on many initiatives, including establishing the Distance Learning Khmer language program, the Southeast Asia Distinguished Visitor program, and several conferences, workshops and symposia.
 
Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Gaerlan spent her high school years in the Philippines when her father took a post there with the Peace Corps. After college in the U.S., she went back to the Philippines to work as a teacher in Marawi City. With the onset of martial law under Marcos, she returned to the U.S. Initially working in New York and then Cambridge, Dr. Gaerlan became actively involved with the anti-martial law publication, the Philippine Information Bulletin, and the advocacy group, Friends of the Filipino People - established in part to advocate against U.S. support for the Marcos regime. Later, Dr. Gaerlan moved to California, and after a brief period at Stanford, she was hired to staff (what was then) the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies here at UC Berkeley from 1984 to 1990. After leaving Berkeley, she returned to graduate school, earning an Ed.M. from Harvard University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA in 1998, with a dissertation on the history and politics of language use at the University of the Philippines.
 
Dr. Gaerlan will be moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, later this summer. Salamat!
New Books

Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity (Duke University Press, 2017) by  Eric  J. Pido
 
This new book focuses on the experiences of Filipino migrants returning to Manila from California, and shows how Philippine economic and labor policies have created an economy reliant upon property speculation, financial remittances, and the affective labor of Filipinos living abroad. These migrants also often must reconcile their memories of their Filipino upbringing with American conceptions of security, sociality, modernity, and class as their homecoming comes into collision with the Philippines' economic and social inequality. The author is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2011.
Passionate Revolutions: The Media and the Rise and Fall of the Marcos Regime (Ohio University Press, 2017) by Talitha Espiritu
 
This new book examines the role of the media and public culture in the Philippines during the Marcos era. In this case, while aesthetics and messaging in the sentimental narratives and melodramatic cultural politics of the press and the cinema from 1965 to 1986 helped secure the Marcos dictatorship, they also galvanized the popular struggles that culminated in "people power" and government overthrow in 1986. The author is Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. 
Reminder

The Association of Asian Studies annual meeting will be held in Washington D.C. from March 22-25, 2018. The Call for Papers, which usually has a deadline of early August, will be announced later this month, according to the AAS website.
Jobs

Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
Yale-NUS College, Singapore
 
Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between the National University of Singapore and Yale University, invites applicants for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank in the interdisciplinary area of Urban Studies. An interest in Asian urbanism or cities in a comparative perspective is desirable, but not necessary. See the college's careers website for full details. Deadline: September 1, 2017
Call For Papers

October 30-31, 2017
Other Asians, Asia's Othering: Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics
Monash Asia Institute
Monash University, Melbourne
Keynote speaker: Krishna Sen 
 
The organizers welcome papers examining three key themes: 1) Migrants, diaspora & identity politics; 2) Mobility, diversity & inclusion; 3) Media and cultural practices, although proposals that are relevant to the conference topic will also be considered. Papers can focus on a single nation or metropolitan area in Asia, but priority will be given to papers that focus on trans-Asian issues, the international dimension of a local issue, or a comparative perspective. See the MAI website for details. Deadline: July 15, 2017
 
December 28, 2017 - January 4, 2018
9th Engaging with Viet Nam Conference
Ho Chi Minh City and Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen
Co-Hosts: University of Social Science and Humanities, Vietnam National University, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

With the theme of exploring "development," "tourism," and "sustainability" in/of Vietnam, this conference will be held at two places, participants will "tour" from South (Ho Chi Minh City) to Central Vietnam (Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen) on the Thong Nhat (Reunification) express train. See the UH CSEAS website for more information. Deadline: August 31, 2017