Dear Partners and Friends of SEA Junction,
The program in June was intense with a two-week photo exhibition and related discussions on the conflict-shadowed lives of people in Southern Thailand, which was held among a variety of other wide-ranging events from philanthropy to reverse glass paintings. Entitled Gray Zones, the exhibition received wide attention in Thai media as you can read among other in the following Prachatai article (in Thai) https://prachatai.com/journal/2019/06/83024. Please also note that all the events are broadcast live and you can find them in our fb page https://www.facebook.com/pg/SEA-Junction-470374673153248/videos/?ref=page_internal.
This month, the predominant theme is patriarchy as we look at development issues in the region, such as migrant labor in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the right to land and food, from a gendered lens. The concept of masculinity is also explored in a cultural sense through an exploration of the symbolic and artistic dimensions of the Malay dagger (keris).
We hope you will find our monthly program of interest. We count on your participation and help in sharing the information about our events with your network. And, if you would like to support us, please click on the donation box below.
Lia Sciortino Sumaryono
Founder and Executive Director SEA Junction
Panel Discussion and Launch of the Report
“Jobs in SEZs: Migrant Garment Factory Workers in
the Mekong Region”
3 July 2019 @ 6.00 – 7.30 pm
The panel will discuss the main findings of a recent research by the Asia Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Mekong Migration Network (MMN) on migrant labor in special economic zones (SEZs) in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and particularly in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar through a gendered lens.
Discussion of Thailand Migration Report 2019
10 February 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
An important element of Malay culture in Southeast Asia, keris is strongly associated with Indonesia, especially Java and Bali. The discussion will introduce major aspects of the Balinese keris from the gender to the manufacturing and spiritual dimensions. At the launch, a keris dance will also be performed and the book will be handed over to Prof. Pomrat Damrhung, as representative of the art community in Thailand. Signed copies will also be available for sale.
Public Speech on Gender, Land and the Right to Food
in Southeast Asia by Ben White
22 July 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
SEA Junction will collaborate with the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) to highlight the intersection of gender, land commercialization, generation and the right to food in Southeast Asia and particularly Indonesia and Cambodia. Please note that this event will be held at Chulalongkorn University.
Southeast Asia Mini Book and Craft Fair
27-28 July 2019 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Once a month, SEA Junction holds a mini book and craft fair focusing on Southeast Asia. Besides small craft from the region, three kinds of books are displayed: 1) New books given in consignment from recognized publishers with an interest in the countries of Southeast Asia. 2) New and used books, double to those in our library. 3) Few literature and development-related works from outside the region that have been donated to SEA Junction for the purpose of the fair. This month, we have a new collection of books from the two main Singaporean publishers specialized in Southeast Asia, namely ISEAS and NUS Press. All funds raised with the fair contribute to SEA Junction’s functioning and activities.
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 www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group