Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 field school was cancelled, but students instead conducted a cultural exchange with Indonesian peers through videoconferencing, which you can read about here.
This virtual symposium below presents video reflections from program participants who volunteered to share their thoughts and feelings on the experience. The symposium also featured a live keynote webinar by Professor Rick Bonus.
What does it mean to find a “home” in a place where one is treated as a guest? What does it mean to undertake a study of a part of the world that’s not your “home?” In this keynote presentation, Prof. Rick Bonus talks about the prospects and challenges of answering these questions by sharing some lessons he and his students learned in doing study abroad trips to the Philippines. This presentation spans a conversation on “homes,” studying abroad, Southeast Asian American identities, and ethical practices in transnational exchanges.
Professor Bonus is Chair of American Ethnic Studies and a faculty member in the Southeast Asia Program at University of Washington, Seattle. His work explores conjunctions among ethnic studies, American studies, Pacific Islander Studies, and Southeast Asian studies, particularly as they deal with the historical and contemporary phenomena of migration, transnationalism, interdisciplinary work, and multicultural pedagogy.
Rick Bonus, University of Washington | Keynote Presentation
Introduction | Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our collaborative 2020 field school was cancelled, but students instead conducted a cultural exchange with Indonesian peer participants in small groups through videoconferencing. Each group was focused on a broad social theme that allowed for coequal discussion and exchange on cultural similarities and differences, while informing Puget Sound students' course work on campus. Students exchanged and discussed literature on their theme over the course of several Zoom meetings, as well as drawing on auto-ethnographic narratives from their own lived experience. You can read more about the virtual exchange here.
Video Reflections | As a component of the exchange, students recorded reflection videos in which they were asked to discuss (1) what insights they gained from the experience regarding cultural similarity and difference in their group (broadly speaking), (2) what they learned about their particular theme/topic that you wouldn't have without the collaborative experience, and (3) what they learned about themselves and their own cultural background through their collaborative discussions. This virtual symposium below is made possible by participants who volunteered to make their video reflections available on our site, to share their thoughts and feelings on the experience.
Alima Rosyida | YSEALI Indonesia, Gender & Sexuality Team
Altynai Watson | Puget Sound, Religion Team
Charlotte Fron | Puget Sound, Power & Politics Team
Claire Stephens | Puget Sound, Human Ecology & Environment Team
Deryn Gersoff | Puget Sound, Gender & Sexuality Team
Farisah S.M. | YSEALI Indonesia, Religion Team
Ida Ayu Ngurah Intan Marlina | Udayana University Indonesia, Ethnicity & Identity Team
Mariana Sanchez Castillo | Puget Sound, Human Ecology & Environment Team
Martha Sooai | YSEALI Indonesia, Power & Politics Team
Sahnaz Melasandy | YSEALI Indonesia, Power & Politics Team
Sofia Gatmon-Sandrock | Puget Sound, Religion Team
Yusra Yulianti | YSEALI Indonesia, Human Ecology & Environment Team