Special CSEAS program with Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi
CSEAS hosted Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi on campus from March 13-20 as CSEAS Artist-in-Residence. Ahmad Fuadi’s debut novel Negeri 5 Menara [The Land of 5 Towers] was a runaway bestseller when it was published in Indonesia in 2009. Fuadi was born in West Sumatra but went to East Java to study at an Islamic boarding school as a boy. His experiences at the boarding school became the basis for the novel’s semi-autobiographical story.
Fuadi discussed his book in a public lecture on March 17 and screened the film version of the novel on March 19. The film, directed by Affandi Abdul Rachman, was filmed on location in West Sumatra and East Java, and stars Ikang Fawzi, Donny Alamsyah and Lulu Tobing, with Gazza Zubizareta as Alif, the novel’s main character. The screenplay is by Salman Aristo, who also wrote the screenplays for the popular Indonesian films Ayat-Ayat Cinta and Laskar Pelangi. Fuadi also visited the Beginning and Intermediate Indonesian language classes, and the introductory survey course on Peoples and Cultures of Island Southeast Asia.
CSEAS sponsors screening of Indonesian film classic
Originally released in 1954, Lewat Djam Malam [After the Curfew] was recently restored by the World Cinema Foundation (chaired by director Martin Scorsese) and the National Museum of Singapore, and was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. CSEAS arranged a Berkeley screening of the film this past October, marking the production’s West Coast premiere. The film, starring A.N. Alcaff and Netty Herawati, follows a young soldier as he returns home to Bandung, West Java, and tries to find his way in life now that Indonesia has won its independence from the Netherlands. The film brings up the hope and disillusionment that followed the end of the Indonesian revolution, and explores what happened to the revolutionary spirit with the end of the colonial era. The screening was co-sponsored by Southeast Asian Film Society, World Cinema Foundation and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco.
CSEAS FLAS Fellowships for 2013-14
As a U.S. Department of Education Title VI-funded National Resource Center, CSEAS administers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for students who plan to study a Southeast Asian language during the academic year or summer. CSEAS awarded graduate FLAS fellowships for 2013-14 to Derek O’Leary (History), Sophia Warshall (Southeast Asian Studies) and Matthew Wade (City & Regional Planning) to study Indonesian, and to Kenneth Baclawski (Linguistics) to study Vietnamese. An award for undergraduate support was made to Kevin Jimenez (Southeast Asian Studies) to study Filipino. Academic year FLAS fellowships for graduate students cover tuition fees and provide a stipend of $15,000. Undergraduate fellowships provide a $10,000 award towards tuition and a $5,000 stipend.
CSEAS faculty meet counterparts at Kyoto University
The Center for Southeast Asia Studies signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies in 2012. Kyoto has a long history of support for Southeast Asian Studies and has been the home of many prominent scholars over the years. One of its current contributions to the field is its publication of the online academic journal Southeast Asian Studies. CSEAS Chair Prof. Jeffrey Hadler, CSEAS core faculty member Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso and two UC Berkeley graduate students visited Kyoto's CSEAS in January 2014 for a special workshop on Indonesia and the Philippines and met with counterparts there. Plans are underway to continue this working relationship after this academic year.
Recent Ph.D. recipients in Southeast Asian History secure tenure-track appointments
Three recent UC Berkeley Ph.D. degree recipients specializing in Southeast Asian history have secured tenure-track academic jobs. Cheong Soon Gan is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Most recently, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Martina Nguyen is Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College, City University of New York. Nu-Anh Tran will take up the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut in 2014-15. All three new professors worked with CSEAS core faculty member Peter Zinoman, Professor of History.