Dear Partners and Friends of SEA Junction,

We return this month to a very crowded and varied program ranging from panel discussions to a workshop and a movie screening with topics as diverse as LGBTQI rights in Laos to silk printing and migration trends in Thailand.

Particular mention deserves the launching of a series of events and publications entitled “Wielding the pursue string of civil society in Southeast Asia” with support of the Open Society Foundations inspired by an article I have written for New Mandala that you can read at

We hope you will find our monthly program of interest and count on your participation and help in sharing information about our events among your network.

Looking forward to your continued engagement in expanding the space for public discourse in Southeast Asia.

Best regards,
Lia Sciortino Sumaryono
Founder and Executive Director SEA Junction

“Let’s Love” movie screening and discussion
9 February 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This 30-minutes documentary tells the sentimental life of Mai – a young lesbian in a society where she cannot freely manifest her feelings. Through Mai’s complex relationships with her family, friends and wider society, the documentary illuminates the discrimination experienced by LGBTQI in Laos.

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Discussion of Thailand Migration Report 2019
10 February 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

This panel will discuss a recently launched report by the UN Thailand Working Group on Migration – comprised of 16 UN agencies and chaired by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) –detailing the migration situation in Thailand.

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Panel Discussion “Funding Challenges for Civil Society in Southeast Asia”
15 February 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This first event of a new series focusing on (lack of) funding for civil society in the region will introduce the issues at stake before listening to leading activists talking on the challenges they encounter in raising funds for their organizations.

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Workshop on Silk-Screen Printing Created from Ayutthaya Stencil Patterns by Kwanpoom Vilaival
23 February 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Participants at this workshop, both children and adults, will learn how to apply the traditional motifs of the late Ayutthaya period with silk-screen printing to modern cotton products, in this case lunch bags.

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Southeast Asia Mini Book Fair
16-17 February 2019 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Once a month, SEA Junction holds a mini book fair focusing on Southeast Asia. Three kinds of books are displayed. New books given in consignment from recognized publishers with an interest in the countries of Southeast Asia. New and used books, Few literature and development-related works from outside the region that have been donated to SEA Junction for the purpose of the fair. All profit from the books in consignment as well as from the donated books will contribute to SEA Junction’s functioning and activities.

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For information/reservation for our events  
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phone/wa: +66970024140

About SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia 

SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see and join the Facebook group