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Mia Siscawati
ANTH 314
Seattle Campus

Ethnography, Transnationalism, and Community in Island Southeast Asia/Asian America

Ethnographic exploration of the transformative processes of transnationalsim in relation to identity and community formation in Southeast Asia and among Southeast Asian Americans. Experiential learning format concentrates on mini-ethnographic projects, field trips, and group presentations. Prerequisite: either one 200-level ANTH course or one AAS/AES course. Offered: jointly with AAS 314.

Class description

Students do not need to fulfill the prerequisites for the Evening Degree course. The course will also not require an ethnographic project or field trips.

Have you ever wished you could surf the Island of Bali or trek the forests of Borneo? Have you heard the chimes of the gamelan, or visited the Orangutan in the Woodland Park zoo, and wanted to know more? This course will explore the Islands of Southeast Asia, focusing on the culture and history of Indonesia. Although it is not well known, Indonesia is an important country for having the largest Muslim population in the world, the largest forest areas important for climate change carbon sequestration, and an ethnically diverse population with hundreds of languages spoken across the archipelago. Students will be introduced to contemporary Indonesian life through such issues as religion, environmental activism, human rights, and tourism. We will read Indonesian literature and watch documentary films that uncover what it is like to be Southeast Asian and live in the region today.

Student learning goals

Become familiar with culture and history of Islands of Southeast Asia

Learn to think critically about the intersections of culture, history, politics, transnationalism, diaspora, identity, gender relations and social movements.

Learn to express ideas in written and oral form.

General method of instruction

The class will be organized in a form of seminar with studentsí active participation. The instructor will first do a brief introduction of the weekly theme, continued by focused discussion of assigned readings. There will be some guest speakers.

Recommended preparation

All students are expected to prepare for class by reading assigned material in advance and participating actively in discussions.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mia Siscawati
Date: 05/06/2011