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From the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, the Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast features interviews and conversations with scholars and researchers working in and around Southeast Asia, all of whom have been invited to give a Gatty Lecture at Cornell University. Conversations cover the history, politics, economics, literature, art, and cultures of the region. Podcast topics cover the many nations and peoples of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Timor-Leste. For more information on the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, visit our website. Music provided by 14 Strings and the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.

Nov 2, 2021

In this week's episode, Michael sits down with Sara Swenson, from the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, to discuss contemporary Buddhist charity movements in Vietnam and her ethnographic research in Ho Chi Minh City, which is the heart of her current book project on grassroots Buddhist social service campaigns and its relation to religious humanitarianism in Southeast Asia. 

Research & lecture summary: 01:58

Research advice and reading recommendations: 20:20

Sara Swenson's Reading Recommendations:

  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Voung (link)