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McNair Scholar 2010Hafizah Jaafar-Tribbett

Hafizah Jaafar-Tribbett is a recent graduate in theater arts and dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Originally from Malaysia, she has gained admission to the M.Ed. in early childhood special education program at the University of Minnesota. Her research interest includes multicultural educational pedagogy, human rights, and cross-cultural issues especially in Southeast Asia. Fiza has spent her summer of 2009 in various parts of Indonesia, conducting an ethnographic field work entitled Investigating Cultural and Religious Significance in Javanese Court Performance.

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My dream is to be involved in cross-cultural educational efforts in Southeast Asia, and I want to continue to teach and make a difference in the lives of young people around the globe.

Research project

Body, Sound, and the Embodiment of Fear: Indonesian Immigrants in the United States

Abstract: This project addresses the study of body, sound, and the embodiment of fear in the making of global cities in the United States. Looking specifically at the experience of Indonesian immigrants to the United States, this project aims to understand the ways undocumented people find housing, employment, and community outside of the vision/awareness of authorities and much of the rest of society as well as how these immigrants respond to certain sounds within the context of immigrants’ lack of stable, legal, ‘documented’ status. Many of these immigrants were either political asylee who escaped the 1998 ethnic riots in Indonesia or individuals who entered the country for economic reasons. Additionally, this study explores immigrants’ place of origin and myths that may impact how they respond to sound. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Rachmi Diyah Larasati is currently an assistant professor in the dance department in the College of Liberal Arts at University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in dance history and theory in 2006 from University of California Riverside. Dr. Larasati is currently working on projects, exploring the (in-)visibility of the female citizenship and dancing body in post-conflict/war zones, specifically in connection to migrations, tourism, as a common economic and strategic approach in post-conflict recovery. Dr. Larasati is published in multiple research journals and has presented her work at multiple conferences in the United States as well as abroad.