Alumni of the Asian Studies program
Here are updates on a few the alumni of OHIO's Asian Studies Program
Wesley Clarke completed a master's thesis, entitled Return to P'ong Tuk: Preliminary Reconnaissance of a Seminal Dvaravati Site in West-Central Thailand. Wes is a professional archaeologist and an environmental planner for the Ohio Department of Transportation. In the future, Wes hopes to begin a doctoral program and conduct additional fieldwork in Southeast Asia. Committee chair: Dr. Elizabeth Collins, Classics and World Religions
Widyasari Listyowulan from Indonesia completed her master thesis in 2010, entitled Narrating Ideas of Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Ayu Utami's Novels. She is currently living in Washington,DC. She was working for Operation Manager of the Center for Research, Development, and Engagement, Sampoerna School of Education and and Independent Consultant for Education Projects.
Jose Rafael Martinez
Jose Rafael Martinez completed his professional project, entitled Remembering Within a Sacred Space in Vientiane. Taking as a subject the Unknown Soldier's Monument in Vientiane, Rafael explored dimensions of the past in modern-day Lao PDR. In particular, he looked at construction of official (secular) facilities within sacred space. His project was recently published as an article in the Journal of Lao Studies. Committee chair: Dr. Gene Ammarell, Anthropology
Sony Karsono from Indonesia, graduated from Southeast Asian Studies program at Ohio University in 2005. He is currently living in Athens working on his dissertation for submission to OU History Department. Sony says that one day he might come to think of his MA studies at the Center of Southeast Asian Studies (2003-2005) as a turning point in his intellectual journey. He owes huge intellectual debt to a number of Southeast Asianists whose courses I took, especially Bill Frederick (for history) and Michael Malley (for political science).
Hanum Tyagita from Indonesia completed her professional project, entitled Literature and the Politics of New Order of Indonesia in 2012. She lives in Washington DC and works as a journalist at Voice of America, Indonesian Service.