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Infusing Modern China into the

Undergraduate Curriculum

East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Presenting Faculty

Infusing Institutes are content-centered programs that combine broad introductions to Asian cultures and societies with more fine-grained investigations, both of which are useful in developing humanities and social science curriculum modules. In keeping with this, the presenting faculty with both scholarly and teaching excellence in mind are thoughtfully selected.

Presenting Faculty for the Institute: Kathleen Adams, Muhamad Ali, Leonard Andaya, Michael Aung-Thwin, Liam Kelley, Ehito Kimura, Paul Lavy, Andy Sutton, and Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung. 

Institute Director:

Peter Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and Education Specialist at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His work with ASDP over the past the past twenty years has centered on designing and conducting faculty- and institutional- development programs aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. As part of the EWC Education Program, he has collaborated in designing and hosting international leadership programs and research seminars that examine the relationship among higher education, globalization, equity and diversity. Trained in Asian and comparative philosophy, his main research work has focused on using Buddhist conceptual resources to reflect on contemporary issues of global concern. His books include: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (edited, 2007); Educations and their Purposes: A Conversation among Cultures (edited, 2008); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); and Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015).

Institute Presenters:

Kathleen Adams is a Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago and Adjunct Curator of Southeast Asian Ethnology at the Field Museum of Natural History. She has conducted long-term

Standing Shiva or Temple Guardian (Dvarapala): ca.

first half of the 10th century, Vietnam (Champa).

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field research on ethnic relations and identity politics, arts, tourism, indigenous architecture and museums in Indonesia (especially on the islands of Sulawesi and Alor). She is the author of the award-winning book Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja,

Indonesia (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2006) and coeditor of Everyday Life in Southeast Asia (Indiana University Press, 2011) and Home and Hegemony: Domestic Work and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2000) as well as numerous articles in academic journals. Professor Adams’ research has been supported by various foundations, including Fulbright, Luce, and the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Adams has held visiting professorships and research fellowships at several Asian universities, including the National University of Singapore, Ateneo University of Manila, and Al-Farabi Kazahk National University in Kazakhstan. She received Loyola University’s 2007 Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012 recognition by The Princeton Review as one of the "300 Best Professors" in the United States, and Loyola University’s 2016 Sujack Master Researcher award.

Muhamad Ali is an Indonesian scholar of Islamic studies in the United States. He is currently an associate professor in Islamic Studies at the Religious Studies Department and is the faculty member of Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual, and Performance Program; and the director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program, University of California, Riverside (UCR). He earned a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the State Institute for Islamic Studies, Jakarta; an MM-CAAE from the University of Indonesia and Universite Grenoble, France; an M.Sc. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Edinburgh University, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, U.S.A. Dr. Ali has published books, essays, and chapters on topics related to Islam, including as jihad, violence and peace, gender, interfaith dialog and global education, Indonesian Muslims’ perceptions of Judaism and Jews, Indonesian Islamic liberal movements, and a modern history of Southeast Asia.

His recent book is Islam and Colonialism: Becoming Modern in Indonesia and Malaya (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and his other two books Multicultural-Pluralist Theology (2003) and Bridging Islam and the West: An Indonesian View (2009) were published in Indonesia. His current projects are concerning religious freedom and pluralism in modern Indonesia; Indonesian Islam; and the expressions of adab in Indonesia and Malaysia. At UCR, Dr. Ali teaches courses on Islam, the Qur’an, comparative scripture, Islam in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian religions, and graduate seminars on Approaches to Islam; Religion, Politics, and Public discourse; and Religions in Contact. Dr. Ali lives in Riverside, CA, with his wife Neneng Syahdati Rosmy and daughter Inas Anandini Ali. He can be contacted at [email protected] .

Barbara Andaya (BA Sydney, MA Hawai‘i, Ph.D. Cornell) is Professor and Chair of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i. Between 2003 and 2010 she was Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and in 2005-06 she was President of the American Association of Asian Studies. In 2000 she received a John Simon Guggenheim Award, and in 2010 she received the University of Hawai‘i Regents Medal for Excellence in Research. She has lived and taught in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her specific area of expertise is the western Malay-Indonesia archipelago, on which she has published extensively, but she maintains an active teaching and research interest across all Southeast Asia. Her most recent books are The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Early Modern Southeast Asia (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2006) and (co-authored with Leonard Y. Andaya) are A History Early Modern Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and A History of Malaysia. Third edition (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Her present project is a history of Christianity and religious interaction in Southeast Asia, 1511-1900.

Leonard Andaya is a professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. He has written extensively on the early modern history of Southeast Asia, particularly on Indonesia and Malaysia. His most recent publication is Leaves of the Same Tree: Trade and Ethnicity in the Straits of Melaka (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008). He has co-authored with Barbara Watson Andaya, A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), and the third edition of A History of Malaysia (London: PalgraveMacmillan, to be published in late 2016). His current research is an attempt to describe a non-state functioning early modern entity based on complex economic, ritual, and subsistence trade networks in the seas of eastern Indonesia. This type of entity successfully bound disparate and distant communities together in an effective relationship and provides a model for understanding other non-state unities in other seas, hills, and jungles throughout Southeast Asia and elsewhere in the world.

Michael Aung-Thwin (BA Doane College, MA University of Illinois, Ph.D. Michigan) is professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His main area of research is Myanmar, focused on the pre-modern period. His most recent book, co-authored with his son Maitrii Aung-Thwin (who is associate professor of Southeast Asian history at the National University of Singapore) is A History of Myanmar since ancient times: traditions and transformations (London, Reaction Books, 2013). Other books include The Mists of Ramanna (Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2005) and Pagan: the Origins of Modern Burma (Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1985), with another forthcoming from UHP called Myanmar in the Fifteenth-Century: A Tale of Two Kingdoms. After the latter, he intends to focus on targeted issues and problems in Myanmar Studies that need examination or re-examination, mostly conventions that have for many years remained unchallenged, but whose study has the potential to contribute theoretically and empirically to the larger field of South, Southeast, and East Asia.

Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His main research interest is premodern Vietnamese history. His book, Beyond the Bronze Pillars: Envoy Poetry and the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship, examines the politico-cultural relationship between Vietnam and China in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. More recently he has published numerous articles on the medieval invention of Vietnamese antiquity. He is currently writing a monograph on the modern search for the origins of Vietnam. Professor Kelley teaches a wide range of courses at the University of Hawaii, from world history to the history of Southeast Asia during World War II. He is also currently the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.

Ehito Kimura is a Swiss born, American bred, Japanese working in the field of comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics. He grew up in the outskirts of Washington DC and studied at Georgetown University (BSFS), Yale University (MA), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD) before coming to Hawai‘i in 2007. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His research interests lie at the nexus of political change and Southeast Asian politics. His dissertation and subsequent book manuscript entitled "Provincial Proliferation: Territorial Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia" (Routledge 2012) explores the changing dynamics of territoriality after the fall of authoritarianism and the rise of democracy and decentralization in Indonesia. He has also written several articles about political change and democratic transition in Indonesia. More recently, he has been working on a project looking at transitional justice in Indonesia in comparative perspective. He teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At the undergraduate level, he has taught Introduction to Political Science (POLS 110A), Introduction to World Politics (POLS 120), Global Politics/Comparative (POLS 305), Southeast Asian Politics (POLS 307B), Global Politics/International Relations (POLS 315) and Political Inquiry and Analysis (POLS 390). At the graduate level, he has taught Scope and Methods (POLS 600), Comparative Politics (POLS 640), Asian Politics (POLS 680) and Politics of Regions (POLS 780).

Paul Lavy is associate professor of South and Southeast Asian art history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his B.A. in cultural anthropology from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He subsequently taught ancient art history at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and Asian and Islamic art history at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Dr. Lavy has conducted research in India and throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia and Thailand, as well as in Vietnam, where he lived and worked as an independent lecturer and researcher prior to coming to Hawaii. His ongoing research, which has been funded by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Asian Cultural Council, and the National Security Education Program, investigates the links between art/architecture and politics in early historic Southeast Asia. His primary interests are the Hindu-Buddhist artistic traditions associated with Mekong Delta and Preangkorian Khmer civilizations and their relationships with the art of South Asia (ca. 5th – 9th cent. CE). He is currently researching and writing a book on early sculpture from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, entitled The Crowned Gods of Early Southeast Asia.

R. Andy Sutton joined the Music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982, after completing his doctorate at the University of Michigan. At Wisconsin he taught courses in ethnomusicology and directed the UW-Madison Javanese gamelan ensemble. He also served three terms as the director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Wisconsin, and co-directed a research circle on Media, Performance, and Identity in World Perspective from 1998-2004. In August 2013, he accepted a dual administrative position at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, serving as Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs.

Dr. Sutton’s research interests have been and continue to be Asia-focused. Beginning as a graduate student at UH in the 1970s and continuing through much of his career at Wisconsin, he specialized in musical traditions of Central and East Java and, from the 1990s, the music and dance of South Sulawesi. He is the author of three books: Calling Back the Spirit: Music, Dance, and Cultural Politics in Lowland South Sulawesi (Oxford, 2002), Traditions of Gamelan Music in Java (Cambridge, 1991) and Variation in Central Javanese Gamelan Music (Northern Illinois, 1993). Since 2001 he has widened his research inquiry to recent musical developments in South Korea, and was contributing editor for the two-volume series Perspectives on Korean Music (Ministry of Culture, 2010, 2011). In addition, he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on music in Indonesia and Korea, including aspects of music television and musical hybridity in both countries.

Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung is Professor and Chair of Political Science Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her areas of specialization are on Myanmar/Southeast Asian politics, ethnic politics, and political economy. She is the author of the “Other” Karen in Myanmar (Lexington Books 2012), Beyond Armed Resistance (East West Center 2011), Karen Revolution in Burma (2008), and Behind the Teak Curtain: Authoritarianism, Agricultural Policies and Political Legitimacy in Rural Burma/Myanmar (2004). Ardeth has recently completed a book manuscript on The Everyday Politics of Economic Survival in Myanmar, which is currently under review for publication. Her articles appeared in Journal of Asian Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Asian Ethnicity, Asian Survey, Asian Journal of Political Science, Southeast Asian Affairs, Journal of Peasant Studies, Sojourn: Contemporary Southeast Asian Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and in edited volume published by Stanford University Press, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press. Ardeth has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad, the Australia National University, Asian Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, East West Center Washington DC, and Southeast Asian Institute Singapore. She is also a recipient of 2007 Outstanding teacher of college of Arts and Humanities.