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This Week @ CSEAS
September 2 - September 5, 2014

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Friday Forum:

September 5, 2014 - Daniel Doeppers (Professor Emeritus of Geography and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Feeding the Mega-City in Wartime: Manila 1944-45: Starvation and Flight
     The coming of the Japanese invasion in 1941-42 was not unexpected and the Philippine Commonwealth government took a number of extraordinary steps concerning food supply. As the war and occupation wore on, urban provisioning quickly lost all those items that were typically imported: flour, preserved milk products, foreign citrus and apples, hams, etc., bringing substantial change to local diets. As the Japanese military took more and more of the declining rice harvest, there was less and less to be distributed through the neighborhood rationing scheme. For many in the formerly comfortable middle class, this meant selling off their household goods in order to eat. And what they were able to eat steadily declined in nutrition and appeal. There was almost no work for most manual workers that paid enough to keep up with the roaring inflation in food costs--and their babies and young children died in great numbers. Finally trucks were needed to remove the dead from the sidewalks everyday. A disaster of biblical proportions.

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Conversation Tables:

Thai Conversation Table
Friday, September 5, 3:00-4:00 pm, Lakefront Cafeteria, Memorial Union.
For more information, contact Varangkana Pusiripinyo, yunarok@hotmail.com

Upcoming Events:

Special Lecture: Sulak Svaraksa (Thai Activist/Educator, Co-Founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists)
Thursday, September 11, Grainger Hall.
A 9/11 Event: Reflections on Non-Violence and Religious Activism Today
     As one of Asia's leading social thinkers, Ajarn Sulak Svaraksa has founded dozens of educational and political grassroots organizations, including the Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation, and has authored over 100 books in Thai and English. He has also been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1995 was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, known as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize.




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Center for Southeast Asian Studies
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