Study Southeast Asia K-16 Program
Language and Culture Resources
Initiatives with Partner Universities
Teaching Southeast Asia Library
Filipino Language and Culture
The links below provide you with material you can use in the classroom or for after school activities. If you would like to learn more about the Filipino Language and Culture Program, please contact Dr. Pia Arboleda (email@example.com).
This 3-week workshop aimed to underscore the value of traditional knowledge, discuss aspects of Philippine culture and folklore, teach introductory Filipino (Tagalog) and hone critical thinking skills. The workshop included interactive and creative activities using stories from folklore and bilingual multimedia materials. Learn more.
Barlig is a remote town in Mountain Province, Northern Philippines. The written word did not reach the Ifiallig (the people of Barlig) until the early 20th century. Read more.
The purpose is to provide teachers with an overview of the archaeological findings of the Old Kiyyangan Village, and instructional guidelines for teaching early Ifugao history through archaeology in elementary school. Read more
Indonesian Culture and Performance
Over the years, the Center has worked to develop or help fund Southeast Asian-style performance productions and related educational outreach materials.
The links below provide you with audio-visual material you can use in the classroom, for after-school activities, or as inspiration for your own shadow puppetry project with students. If you would like to schedule a visit to your school for a workshop or lecture demonstration, please contact Dr. Kirstin Pauka (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Jaga Alam means “taking care of nature”. It is a performance-based environmental education program featuring Balinese folk tales, shadow puppetry, and dance.
Lutung the Messenger | Length: 25:04
A wayang shadow puppetry play based on a traditional Balinese childrenʻs fable about a mischievous stork. The play deals with environmental issues such as water scarcity, rising temperatures, and habitat loss. For K-12 audiences.
Balinese folk tale told through large scale shadow puppetry, dance, and gamelan music. With behind-the-scenes footage.
Based on episodes from the Indian epic the Mahabharata, this Balinese shadow theatre production centers on the conflict between two monkey generals, Subali and Sugriwa, and their competition for power, love, and loyalty. The show features large-scale shadow puppetry, dance, live gamelan music, shadow actors, and special lighting effects. Length: 1:33:40
This documentary follows the artistic team through an intensive 8-month training and rehearsal process for the production of Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings. It includes interviews with Balinese master artists, cast members, designers, and the production team. It provides rare, behind-the-scenes footage and highlights various aspects of the creative process.
A 20-minute highlight video from the show. Length: 20:12
Folk tale from West Sumatra with strong female characters told through dance-drama, featuring martial arts, dance, music, and amazing pants-slapping percussion.
Balinese large-scale shadow puppetry adapted to tell Shakespeareʻs The Tempest. With live gamelan music, dance, and shadow actors.
Romantic folk tale from West Sumatra told through dance-drama, featuring martial arts, dance, and music.
Pinoy Food Stories: Evolution of Philippine Cuisine
This online short course is a collaboration between Mama Sita Foundation, UH’s Dr. Pia Arboleda and the UH Filipino and Philippine Culture Program. It brings to the fore the evolution of Filipino cuisine flavors throughout history and sheds light on food culture in order to generate appreciation for what we have today, and hope to hold for the future.
Guidelines and Resources for Southeast Asian languages taught at UHM
PEMSEA (with UCLA and University of Washington)
UHM is part of a collaboration, led by UCLA and including University of Washington, to establish the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA), an interdisciplinary project to support new scholarship on the environment, economy, and social worlds of Early Modern Southeast Asia.
CTPILS and Intangible Heritage Project (with National ChengChi University)
UHM also partners with the National Chengchi University’s Kuan Da-Wei and Courtney Work (Department of Ethnology) on two projects:
(1) The Science and Technology Innovation Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS) was set up to promote cross-national indigenous knowledge between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries.
(2) The Intangible Heritage Project focuses on mapping heritage sites among indigenous Cambodian groups.
Open-Access Journals through UHM: Asian Perspectives | Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society