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2024 Bringing Southeast Asia Home workshop

Mon. May 13 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm


Monday, May 13, 2024
FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

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





8 AM — Registration, breakfast, and welcome

Christian Lentz, PI, Bringing Southeast Asia Home

8:30 AM — Panel 1: Politics and investment

Chair: Eddy Malesky, Duke University

Surain Subramaniam, UNC-Asheville
The Singapore Approach to Governance: What Is It, What Are Its Strengths and Weaknesses, and Can and Should It Be Replicated?

Steven Rosefielde, UNC-Chapel Hill
Restoring Myanmar’s Democracy: Limits of Western Economic Sanctions

Angel Hsu, UNC-Chapel Hill; Evan Johnson; Diego Manya; Xuewei Wang
One Belt, Many Roads: Investigating China’s Urban Land Teleconnections and Land-use Impacts in Southeast Asia

9:45 AM — Break


10 AM — Panel 2: Perceptions and perspectives

Chair: Lorraine Aragon, UNC-Chapel Hill

Gavin Douglas, UNC-Greensboro
Creating the Sound World of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon

Martin Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill
The Romance of Rubber and the Cinema of Extraction

Imad Alatas, UNC-Chapel Hill
Men’s Perceptions of Gender Equality in Malaysia and Prospects for Collaboration with Women’s Movements

11:15 AM — Break


11:30 AM — Panel 3: Local Southeast Asia

Chair: Kevin Kim, UNC-Chapel Hill

Touger Vang, Montgomery Community College
From the CIA’s Secret Base of Long Cheng, Laos to the Carolinas: The North Carolina Hmong Project – A Journey Worth Sharing

Ana Sucaldito, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Htay Meh, Karenni Community of Winston-Salem, Public Health Committee; Andrew Young, Montagnard Dega Association; Sharon Morrison, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Empowering the Karenni Community by Amplifying and Enriching Karenni-Provider Connections: Results from a Community-based Participatory Research Partnership

H’Rina DeTroy, North Carolina State University
Apocalypse Never: Writing Our Origin Stories and Imaginative Futures as Montagnard Americans

12:45 PM — Lunch


1:30 PM — Panel 4: Environment and space

Chair: Christian Lentz, UNC-Chapel Hill

Adithi Reddy, UNC-Chapel Hill
Forests, fisheries, and fields: Investigating the nexus between mangrove deforestation, climate change, and modern slavery in Southeast Asia

Jarrod Brown, Berea College
Philosophers in Space: Critical Remote Sensing, Humanities & Social Science Approaches in Vietnam Mekong River Provinces

Hannah Swanton, UNC-Chapel Hill
Spaces of Protest: The Production of Legitimized Public Protest in Malaysia and Singapore

2:45 PM — Break


3 PM — Panel 5: Community Roundtable

Facilitator: Andrew Young, Montagnard Dega Association
How we respond: Southeast Asian responses to living in North Carolina (Part 1)

Participants: Ana “Nikka” Sucaldito, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Touger Vang, Montgomery Community College; Ree Ree Wei, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm; Jenny Lee, University of Alabama at Birmingham; H’Rina DeTroy, North Carolina State University
Guest commentators: Hlakapaw Byar, Karenni Community of Winston-Salem, Sel Mpang NC Asian Americans Together; Thu Neang, Khmer community of North Carolina

4:15 PM — Break


4:30 PM — Panel 6: International encounters

Chair: Christina Verano Sornito, Appalachian State University

Scott Kirsch, UNC-Chapel Hill
American Colonial Spaces in the Philippines: Insular Empire

John Turner, High Point University
The Transmission of Musical Style as Signifier: The Philippines and Cambodia 1872-1975

Kevin Fogg, UNC-Chapel Hill
How Indonesian Muslims Co-Opted an American Eugenicist

5:45 PM — Reception


Mon. May 13
8:00 am - 7:00 pm


FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Carolina Asia Center
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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