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Major or minor in Asian Studies.

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Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

CSEAS Webinar “Discussing Development: Roads and Land”

Southeast Asia in Transition: Fall 2022 Webinar Series Talk

Join us Wednesday, October 10th for the CSEAS webinar, “Discussing Development: Roads and Land.” In this segment of the Luce Southeast Asia in Transition Webinar Series, we explore the story of development from varied perspectives, putting local interactions with the development paradigm and the more-than-human world into a broad conversation. Our speakers include academic, practitioner, and local voices. Infrastructure projects are often seen as a sign of economic progress. In this webinar we will discuss how development acts upon land, reflecting upon the many consequences, intended or unintended, of actions such as building a road across a landscape that is home to both human and more-than-human residents.

About the Speakers

Dr. Mike Dwyer

Dr. Mike Dwyer is an assistant professor in Geography at Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Dwyer’s research interests include: transnational investment, enclosure and development cooperation; historical explanations of contemporary development geographies, land titling and property formalization, forest management and regulatory politics, rural infrastructure and industrialization. Read more about Dr. Dwyer’s work at his department website.

Dr. Mike Dwyer

Dr. Lisa Arensen

Dr. Lisa Arensen

Dr. Lisa Arensen is an assistant professor in Asian Studies and Environment and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her research focuses on communities that have experienced environmental change, war, and displacement. Her particular expertise is in Cambodia, where she has worked and done research for nearly two decades. Currently, Dr. Arensen’s research focuses upon communities dwelling in protected areas. Current projects include changes and continuity in traditional botanical medicine use and the role of animism in agricultural and development practices. Read more about Dr. Arensen’s work at their department website.

Dr. Chu Suwichan Phatthanaphraiwan

Dr. “Chi” Suwichan Phattanaphraiwan is the first of the indigenous Pgaz k’Nyau (Karen) people of Thailand to obtain a Ph.D. and professorship in Thailand. He serves as professor of geo-cultural management at Bodhivijjalaya College, Srinakharinwirot University in Mae Sod, founded the Karen Eco-museum of Tak Province, and serves as principal of a demonstration school in Mae Chaem (Chiang Mai), where Karen culture is formally infused into the high school curriculum. Read more about his time at the East-West Center earlier this year.

Dr. “Chi” Suwichan Phattanaphraiwan

Dr. Gabriel Yit Vui Yong

Dr. Gabriel Yit Vui Yong

Dr. Gabriel Yit Vui Yong is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Social Sciences at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam. Dr. Yong’s areas of research include: sustainability issues from complex living systems perspective, human-environment evolution in Brunei & Brunei Bay, arcology, heritage conservation (focusing on Kampong Ayer), data capture methodologies in an information-rich but noisy environment, learning & knowledge development through experiential, project/field-based dialectic learning & use of social networks. Learn more about his work at this website.

Moderator: Dr. Alyssa Paredes

Dr. Alyssa Paredes is an assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.  She is a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests in the human, environmental, and metabolic infrastructures of transnational trade. Dr. Paredes engages in fieldwork in the Philippines and Japan. Learn more about her work at her department website.

Dr. Alyssa Paredes
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