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 ANTH 314.
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.
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.