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Fall 2012 Southeast Asia Council Semester Recap

As the term comes to a close, I thought I would write a brief summary of events and activities of the ASU Southeast Asia Council, as well as to give thanks to all of those involved.

We had several interesting lectures and appearances this term. In September, Professor Norm Vasu from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, gave a lecture on ethnicity and corporatism in Singapore. Dr. Vasu spent the term at ASU sponsored by the Center for Strategic Communication and funded by a Fulbright Fellowship. In October, Dr. Leedom Lefferts, Professor Emeritus at Drew University and a Research Fellow for the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian Institution, gave a lecture on the Vessantra Scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Laos. Dr. Lefferts also presented and described a rare Vessantra scroll that is kept in Arizona. More recently, ASU hosted an appearance by the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation of Indonesia, who showed a video and conducted a Q&A session with students and faculty at ASU, as well as visiting a local middle school. Cory Baker and Christine Harthun of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, which sponsored the Arizona leg of the group’s tour, arranged free tickets for ASU faculty and students for their performance at the Center. Finally, Reid Hatch, the 2012 Sage Family Southeast Asian Studies Scholarship recipient, spoke on his experiences traveling in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand last summer. Thank you Norm, Leedom, the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation, Cory, Christine, and Reid for your contributions and support of Southeast Asian studies at ASU! For those interested in the Sage Scholarship for next year, the deadline is February 18, and more information is available on our website, including application materials.

The Southeast Asia Council met twice during the term. This semester we adopted bylaws for the Council, and elected a Chair (Chris Lundry) and co-Chair (Sina Machander). We are also discussing scheduling events for next term, including a film series, faculty lecture series, and outreach events. Merlyna Lim continues to manage our website, and Lora Kile continues to support us through her efforts as Graduate Assistant. The Council will also be participating with the Center for Asian Research on a planned conference about water in Asia next term.

I’d like to thank everyone who has participated and contributed to the activities of the Council this term. I hope you all have a great winter break, and I look forward to continuing this great work in 2013. Onward!

Chris Lundry

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