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Monday, May 15, 2023
FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Carolina Asia Center is pleased to announce our first Bringing Southeast Asia Home workshop for scholars of Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian diasporas. Generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, this workshop will bring together scholars in North Carolina and across the US Southeast to share research interests, ideas, and resources.

8:30 AM Registration and breakfast
9 AM Welcome
w/ Christian Lentz, Associate Professor of Geography, UNC-CH, & PI, Bringing Southeast Asia Home
9:15 AM – 10:35 AM Session 1
Moderator: Angel Hsu (Public Policy), co-author BSEAH grant

“We Depend on Them:” Molong as Cultural and Environmental Stewardship
Shorna Allred, Cornell University

A Cham Odyssey – Ten Centuries of Diasporic History
Nicolas Weber, Fulbright University Vietnam

Early Modern Hispano-Southeast Asian connections: Crafting the Spanish Indies as a Transpacific Expanse
Elena Peña-Argüeso, UNC-Chapel Hill
10:35 AM – 10:50 AM Break
10:50 AM – 12:10 PM Session 2
Moderator: Noah Kittner (Environmental Sciences & Engineering), co-author BSEAH grant

Toward an Ontology of Music in Buddhist Myanmar
Gavin Douglas, UNC-Greensboro

Religious Performance as Cultural Diplomacy on the Eve of a Post-Colonial Inter-Asia: The Bandung Asia-Africa Conference and the Power of Melody
Anne Katharine Rasmussen, William and Mary

Evolving Intellectual Property Laws and the Values of Regional Arts in Indonesia
Lorraine Aragon, UNC-Chapel Hill
12:10 PM – 12:20 PM Break
12:20 PM – 1:20 PM Lunchtime discussion: “How to create a Southeast Asia research network in the US Southeast”
In recent years, several regional institutions have been developing programs and curricula to support Southeast Asian and Diaspora Studies. This lunch is an informal opportunity to consider what methods have been successful, what our localized institutional needs are, and how students and administrators have responded. This discussion will be in hybrid format, so individuals unable to attend the workshop in person will still be able to participate in this conversation.
1:20 PM – 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 3:10 PM Session 3
Moderator: Becky Butler (Carolina Asia Center), co-author BSEAH grant

Long-Term Health and Well-being among Displaced Populations from Myanmar
Hayman Linn Lae Zaw & Ann Suk, UNC-Chapel Hill

“Arduous but Romantic”: Gender, Memory, and Territory in Vietnam
Christian Lentz, UNC-Chapel Hill

Reviving Industrial Tin Heritage as a Malay Peninsular Cultural Route
Rungsima Kullapat, UNC-Chapel Hill
3:10 PM – 3:25 PM Break
3:25 PM – 4:45 PM Session 4
Moderator: Christian Lentz (Geography), PI BSEAH grant

Getting Out the Youth Vote in Vietnam: A Randomized Experiment on the 2021 VNA Election
Hoang Dung Phan, Dang Thien Khuu, Ky Nam Nguyen, Edmund J. Malesky, & Trung-Anh Nguyen, Duke University

The Impossible Truth of Yellow Rain
Ben Tran, Vanderbilt University

Caught in Constant Negotiation: The Rural as a Site of Localization in Sinophone Malaysian Literature
Ivy Janson, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:45 PM – 5 PM Break
5 PM – 6:30 PM Informal networking reception
Special thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation for their support of this workshop in the service of growing the field of Southeast Asian Studies at UNC-CH, throughout North Carolina, and in the US Southeast.
Please reach out to Dr. Becky Butler, Assistant Director for Southeast Asia Initiatives, with any questions.