Southeast Asia Events and Festivals

Presentations, Conferences, Performances, Festivals, and More…

(Exhibitions Below)

Monday, November 26, 2012 
Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril (Philippines)

6:00 pm

The Philippine Consulate General

3600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Free and Open to the public.  Limited Seating. RSVP required by Nov. 24, 2012 to Tel (310) 514-9139 or

Rev. Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD has lived for more than thirty years in a huge garbage dump called Smokey Mountain in the heart of the city of Manila.  He was born on June 5, 1946 in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Ordained in 1973, he received his Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1985, and was Scholar-in-Residence at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1985-1986. Author of numerous publications, he won the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award in 1988 for The Christology of the Inarticulate.

Smokey Mountain, a vast garbage dump in Manila, Philippines, served for many years as an emblem of Third World squalor. In many ways, it is a metaphor for a planet slowly choking on garbage and to the 25,000 scavengers who survive off this reeking heap, it is also a metaphor of hope—an emblem of the will to survive, the ability to create joy and find meaning even in the midst of abject poverty.

If you will be unable to attend the launching but wish to purchase an autographed copy of the book, contact Linda Nietes at 310-514-9139 or email

Sponsored by Philippine Expressions Bookshop.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Creating a New Museum for Thailand: The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Gluciman Building

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement here.

Colloquium with Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Former curator and department head, Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In 2003, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand determined that the country needed a dedicated textile museum in recognition of the beauty and importance of textiles in Southeast Asian culture. Three years later, the speaker was asked to join a colleague to advise the project architect and the prominent Thai archaeologist selected to spearhead the project. Soon an international team of specialists—based in California, New York, Paris, Canada, China, and Bangkok—came together to create a state-of-the-art museum on the grounds of the Grand Palace. This presentation will focus on the challenges and pleasures of working with such a diverse team in creating a complex institution from the ground up: one that had to meet the demanding needs of textiles, address the divergent interests and knowledge levels of a mixed audience of tourists and residents (Thai and foreign), and present three opening exhibitions designed to honor Her Majesty’s work to preserve and promote the textile arts and indigenous crafts of Thailand. Since its opening in May 2012, the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles has succeeded in raising the bar professionally for museums not only in Thailand, but in much of Southeast Asia.

A double graduate of UCLA (B.A., art history and M.A., costume history) Dale Carolyn Gluckman is the former head of the department of costumes and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and an independent curator and consultant. She has curated more than two dozen exhibitions and lectured and published widely. For the past six years she has been involved with the creation of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) and is the co-author of the forthcoming English edition of the inaugural catalogue for the QSMT, In Royal Fashion: the Style of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The State of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Today: Research, Policies and Programs from Around the World

2:00 – 5:00 PM

The Forum (TCC450), Tudor Campus Center

University of Southern California

University Park Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Web announcement:

Free and open to the public but RSVP requested.

 It is not only in the United States that sexual and reproductive health and rights are in jeopardy. Join the Program on Global Health & Human Rights for this exciting two-part dialogue on the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights today. Leading academics and activists from around the world will discuss global developments and focus on opportunities and challenges in a range of countries including Cambodia, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 Sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Information Session about UCLA Anderson’s Global Executive MBA for Asia-Pacific

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Room: C303

UCLA Anderson School

110 Westwood Plaza, Entrepreneurs Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095

This part-time intensive program meets 6 times for two weeks over the course of 15 months in Los Angeles (x2), Singapore (x2), Bangalore (x1) and Shanghai (x1). This program is ideal for fully-employed executives seeking a high-level MBA education who are interested in the “Anderson experience” but unable to relocate for an extended period. The program is especially valuable for people interested in doing business in Asia and North America. At the end of the program, graduates receive two MBA degrees – one from UCLA and one from the National University of Singapore.

Information sessions are scheduled in select cities through March. Please register at or send an email Walk-ins are also welcome.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Speculative Urbanism: The Remaking of Phnom Penh

3:10 pm

HMNSS Bldg 1500

University of California, Riverside

900 University Ave.

Riverside, CA 92521

Free and open to the public.



INFORMATION: Paul Atienza,

Colloquium with Sylvia Nam, Ph.D., University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCR Department of Anthropology

This talk examines the emergence of Phnom Penh as a city of speculation. It focuses on the formation of speculative markets in real estate and the politics of urban renewal financed over the last decade most prominently by Asian developers. Positioned as the next Asian city in a region of booming metropolises, the talk traces the city’s integration into inter-Asian circulations of capital and their related imaginaries of urban modernity.

Sylvia Nam is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Sponsored by the UCR Department of Anthropology, the Center for Ideas and Society, SEATRiP and the Viral Ports, Virtual Currents Andrew W. Mellon Workshop in the Humanities.


Friday, December 7, 2012
Writing the South Seas [Southeast Asia]: Postcolonial Literature and the Nanyang Imagination

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Ahn Family House (AHN)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Graduate students and faculty from USC and the community are welcome to attend. Interested attendees must read the manuscript. To secure your spot and request a copy of the manuscript, please rsvp to

Web announcement:

Manuscript Review: Brian Bernards

Leading scholars in the field of Chinese literature will discuss a new book manuscript by Brian Bernards, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC, entitled Writing the South Seas: Postcolonial Literature and the Nanyang Imagination. Manuscript discussants include Laurie J. Sears, Professor of History and Director of the Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington, and Lingchei Letty Chen, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Chair of the East Asian Studies Committee at Washington University in St. Louis.

Manuscript Synopsis: Nanyang, the “South Seas,” is the traditional Chinese term for Southeast Asia. Unlike “Southeast Asia,” which reflects a Eurocentric continental epistemology, Nanyang is an archipelagic, though Sinocentric, concept. It envisions the tropical southern seascape as connecting rather than separating the peninsular and island landscapes of the region. The term’s varied connotations reflect its rich history, including imperial maritime voyages to tributary, “barbarian” kingdoms, massive transoceanic migrations of Chinese populations during the era of Western imperialism and Japanese occupation, and twentieth-century convergences of competing diasporic, settler, and indigenous nationalisms in the region. Writing the South Seas traces the transcolonial legacy of Nanyang as a literary trope in modern Chinese literature and explores its transnational and translingual “afterlives” in the postcolonial literatures of Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. In ways specific to each discursive context, the Nanyang imagination exposes the colonial origins of hegemonic racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic paradigms, critiques dominant diasporic and indigenous nationalisms as well as their definitions of national literatures, retraces histories of migration, settlement, and creolization, and articulates suppressed modes of affiliation with local and regional ecology.


Sunday, December 2, 2012
Two Shadows (Cambodia)

1:00 PM

Art Theatre

2025 East 4th Street

Long Beach, CA 90804


Tickets: $10 available online at

2012 Rising Falcon Cinema. 94 min, NR, Color, Stereo, English & Khmer w/ English Subtitles, NTSC R0.

Film website:

Film screening and Q&A with producers and cast.

Winner of the Audience Award and Cinematography Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, “Two Shadows” launches Cambodian-American hipster wannabe Sovanna (SOPHEA PEL) into an unexpected odyssey of self-discovery. After she opens a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.


Through March 24, 2013
Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia

Focus Gallery

Pacific Asia Museum

46 North Los Robles Avenue

Pasadena, California 91101

(626) 449-2742


Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia will provide visitors a chance to experience the connections between art and ritual in the lives of Indonesians through objects created for a range of uses. Rituals remain an integral part of everyday life in many regions of Indonesia, and objects such as finely woven textiles and elegantly prepared knives carry great significance in both ceremony and performance. This exhibition will illuminate those meanings along with a focus on the extraordinary craftsmanship embedded in each object.

December 2, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Cambodian Shop Signs from the Collection of Joel Montague

UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Under the brutal Khmer Rouge rule from 1975–79, Cambodia’s cities were systematically emptied of their population, commercial activity ground to a halt, and even the use of currency was prohibited. This genocidal reign was finally brought to an end by the occupation of Cambodia by Vietnamese military forces, who instituted a state-controlled economic system that continued to severely limit private economic activity.

Only with the implementation of the United Nations Transitional Authority in 1990 did private commercial activity begin to revive. Remarkably, Cambodia’s re-populated urban environments came alive with hand painted signs advertising myriad small businesses and personal services. Painted on sheets of metal by commercial artists in tiny makeshift studios and storefronts, the signs bore lively representations of everyday goods or services—car parts, foodstuffs, tailored clothing, medical and beauty services, musical performers, and more. Today these signs provide a window into the brief period when private enterprise bloomed but had not yet come under the sway of international business interests and mass-produced advertising.

Massachusetts-based collector Joel Montague amassed a collection of this ephemeral art in the 1990s and has recently donated this selection of twenty-two of the best hand-painted signs to the Fowler Museum.

Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism

Free ONLINE exhibit presented by the Pacific Asia Museum at

Sections include:
– The Perfected One: The Buddha
– Buddhist Places
– Compassionate Beings: Bodhisattvas, Deities, Guardians, Holy Men
– Signs, Symbols, Ritual Objects

There is quite a bit of information about Buddhism in Southeast Asia, especially in the “Buddhist Places” section.

Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA Campus
Museum admission is free.  Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online.

Los Angeles museum-goers at last have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, which will feature approximately 250 of the finest objects from the Fowler’s collections in a long-term exhibition that celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works of art play in peoples’ lives.

Although they are scattered throughout the exhibit, there are a number of artifacts from Southeast Asia (Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia) including ancestor figures, puppets, masks, and other sculptures.  There is also a five-minutes film on Indonesia: “Sisilia Sii, Weaver” which focuses on ikat weaving techniques on the island of Flores.
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