By Karla Schneider
Preparing rice fields for planting in Vietnam. Collecting wild ferns in Malaysia. Monks laughing on the steps of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Boys drumming in a parade in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
These are a few scenes captured in a new traveling photo exhibit, "PERSPECTIVES: Visions of Southeast Asia," featuring images by Ohio University students, faculty and staff. The exhibit is sponsored by Ohio University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Ohio Valley International Council (OVIC), an outreach arm of the university's Center for International Studies that helps K-16 teachers and students increase their knowledge and understanding of different cultures and global issues.
Curator Rebakah Daro, a first-year graduate student in the Southeast Asian Studies Program, said there are two goals for the exhibit: raise funds for student research in Southeast Asia through the sale of postcards of the included images and raise awareness in the community.
On display on the first floor of Alden Library through March, the exhibit will travel much of spring quarter, making stops at Casa Nueva for the month of April and East Elementary School the second week in May before returning to Alden Library for International Week, slated for May 12-17.
"The exhibit has added a great dimension to the outreach opportunities available through the Ohio Valley International Council," said OVIC Director Laura Schaeffer. "When the exhibit is displayed at a school or other public place, it is a catalyst for learning about Southeast Asia.
"Social studies, visual arts teachers and librarians have been especially receptive to using the exhibit as a fresh visual aid while addressing Southeast Asia within their specific disciplines," she added. "We hope the requests for the exhibit keep pouring in."
Requests to host the exhibit or questions regarding the images can be directed to Daro at firstname.lastname@example.org.