Half of Hawai’i’s foreign-born residents come from an ASEAN country and 3.5 million people born in ASEAN countries are living in the US.

ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is an economic and geo-political organization comprised of ten countries that are located in Southeast Asia. ASEAN was formed on 8 August 1967 between Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Since that time, membership has expanded to include some other Southeast Asian nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. ASEAN’s aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development and engagement among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and creating opportunities to peacefully discuss differences between and with member countries.

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Pan-Regional Specialists UH-M Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures UH-M Explorations: A Graduate Student Journal of Southeast Asia Studies


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Call for student editors for the 2015 – 2016 EXPLORATIONS: Graduate Student Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

This week’s bookshelf spotlights film in Southeast Asia including a recent release on Indonesian Screen Culture.

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The principle mission of Explorations is to offer a forum for students to present disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on a broad range of issues relating principally to the region which today constitutes Southeast Asia. Embracing both the diversity of academic interests and scholastic expertise it is hoped that this forum will introduce students to the work of their colleagues, encourage discussion both within and across disciplines, and foster a sense of community among those interested in Southeast Asia.

Recent and past editions of Explorations with unique URLs suitable for academic citation are available for download from ScholarSpace, the University of Hawaii's Institutional Repository. Individual issues can be downloaded by visiting the Explorations website.


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Hawai′i's strong connection with Southeast Asia is probably most easily felt through the influx of residents from the area. Many don't realize that the University of Hawai′i is an extraordinary resource for Southeast Asian scholarship, the only university in the U.S. with Southeast Asianists in both art history and archaeology, a Center for Southeast Asian Studies plus related faculty in the history department. Noe Tanigawa found two specialists for this visit with "Four Thousand Years of Southeast Asian Art" at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. "Four Thousand Years of Southeast Asian Art," works from Ban Chiang, Angkor and the Sukhothai Kingdom, continues at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through January 9th. Article on Hawaii Public Radio

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UNESCO hosts a continually reviewed and updated on-line version of Tsunami Teacher. The base language of Tsunami Teacher is English and but translations into Bahasa Indonesia, Bangladeshi, Bangla, French, Spanish and Thai are coming.

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