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Scholarly Publications

The Indonesian Supreme Court: A Study of Institutional Collapse
Author: Sebastiaan Pompe Publication Year: 2005 Publication Number: SOSEA 39

Since the fall of Indonesian president Suharto, a major focus of the country's reformers has been the corrupt and inefficient judicial system. Within the context of a history of the Supreme Court in post-independence Indonesia, Sebastiaan Pompe analyzes the causes of the judiciary's failure over ...

Southern Vietnam under the Reign of Minh Mang
Author: Choi Byung Wook Publication Year: 2004 Publication Number: SEAPS 20

This study of nineteenth-century Vietnam focuses on interactions between the Vietnamese king, Minh Mang, and the heterogeneous southern region of the country, which he sought to bring more firmly under state control through a series of polices intended to "Vietnamize" the populace and unite north...

Golddiggers, Farmers, and Traders in the "Chinese Districts" of West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Author: Mary Somers Heidhues Publication Year: 2003 Publication Number: SOSEA 34

This study examines the changing role of the Chinese community of West kalimantan, particularly its economic and social relationships. Heidhues explores the history of the community from the early nineteenth century establishment of the kongsis to the "Dayak Raids" which uprooted the rural Chines...

Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia
Author: George McTurnan Kahin Publication Year: 2003 Publication Number: SOSEA 35

Professor Kahin's classic 1952 study, reprinted for a contemporary audience. An immediate, vibrant portrait of a nation in the age of revolution, featuring interviews with many of the chief players. With new illustrations and a new introduction by Benedict R. O'G. Anderson.

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Southeast Asia over Three Generations
Author: James T. Siegel & Audrey R. Kahin, eds. Publication Year: 2003 Publication Number: SOSEA 36

In honor of Benedict Anderson's many years as a teacher and his profound contributions to the field of Southeast Asian studies, the editors have collected essays from a number of the many scholars who studied with him. These articles deal with the literature, politics, history, and culture of Sou...

Sumatran Sultanate and Colonial State: Jambi and the Rise of Dutch Imperialism 1830-1907
Author: Elsbeth Locher-Scholten Publication Year: 2003 Publication Number: SOSEA 37

The first English translation of Professor Locher-Scholten's 1994 Dutch text, a study of the reaction to Dutch colonial expansion by the Sumatran sultanate of Jambi. The Dutch text has been called "an excellent teaching tool for work on the Netherlands imperial project " [Locher-Scholten's] exten...

Fear and Sanctuary
Author: Hazel J. Lang Publication Year: 2002 Publication Number: SOSEA 32

An examination of the plight of the refugees of Burma's protracted civil war, many of whom have fled across the border into Thailand. This study looks at the changing nature of the refugee situation and the responses of the parties involved, including the United Nations, the refugees themselves, ...

Gender, household, state
Author: Jayne Susan Werner and Danièle Bélanger Publication Year: 2002 Publication Number: SEAPS 19

A collection of essays addressing the state of women's lives in Viet Nam during doi moi, the period of market reforms in the 1990s. These fascinating and varied essays illuminate women's daily lives as they are shaped by culture, economics, and traditional ideals.

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Modern Dreams
Author: Beng-Lan Goh Publication Year: 2002 Publication Number: SOSEA 31

An ethnographic study of the cultural politics of urban redevelopment in one Malaysian community in the 1990s, looking at changing notions of culture, identity, and urban space.

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Opusculum de Sectis apud Sinenses et Tunkinenses: A Small Treatise on the Sects among the Chinese and Tonkinese
Author: Father Adriano di St. Thecla, Translated & Annotated by Olga Dror Publication Year: 2002 Publication Number: SOSEA 33

This 1750 text, written by a Catholic missionary in Tonkin, is the earliest known systematic first-hand account of Vietnamese religious practice. It was recently discovered in a Paris archive and will be of interest to a broad array of scholars, including those of history, anthropology, and relig...

Culture and Power in Traditional Siamese Government
Author: Neil A. Englehart Publication Year: 2001 Publication Number: SEAPS 18

A broad reevaluation of Siam's political culture as it existed prior to King Chulalongkorn's administrative reforms in the nineteenth century. Englehart examines wide-ranging evidence to show that traditional Siamese government functioned more effectively and rationally than most scholars have ac...

Violence and the State in Suharto's Indonesia
Author: Benedict R. O'G. Anderson, ed. Publication Year: 2001 Publication Number: SOSEA 30

These essays, many of which were originally published in the journal Indonesia, investigate institutionalized violence in New Order Indonesia and the ongoing legacy Suharto's dictatorship has conferred on the nation. The collection includes papers on East Timor, Aceh, Biak, police, and the Indone...

Javanese Literature
Author: Nancy K. Florida Publication Year: 2000 Publication Number: SURAKATRA 2

Annotated bibliography of Javanese manuscripts housed in the Reksa Pustaka library in Surakarta, the first institutionalized library in the Indies founded and administered by native Javanese. 2000. 576 pages. (Oversized)

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Studies in Southeast Asian Art
Author: Nora A. Taylor, ed. Publication Year: 2000 Publication Number: SOSEA 29

This wide-ranging collection of essays examines the arts of Southeast Asia in context. Contributors study the creation, use, and local significance of works of art, illuminating the many complex links between an object's aesthetic qualities and its origins in a community. 2000. 244 pages. Color i...

Figures of Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Colonial Vietnam
Author: Vicente L. Rafael, ed. Publication Year: 1999 Publication Number: SOSEA 25

A collection of essays that stem from a conference on the nature, definitions, reasons, and substance of criminality and the relationship between criminality and colonial state formation. The authors delve into such themes as surveillance, incarceration, law and custom, secrecy, and corruption. H...

History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives
Author: Oliver W. Wolters Publication Year: 1999 Publication Number: SOSEA 26

A study of regional history based on culture and intra-regional relationships, this collection of essays marks a difference in approach and focus on the part of the author himself, who explores questions of historiography (his lengthy postscripts give extensive commentary on the 1982 edition). Ar...

Tales From Djakarta: Caricatures of Circumstances and their Human Beings
Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer Publication Year: 1999 Publication Number: SOSEA 27

This translation of fiction by the well-known (and suppressed) Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer is a welcome addition for any reader. With little traditional narrative structure and an often angry, ironical tone, these stories are intensely regional in flavor and modern in approach and mak...

The Hadrami Awakening
Author: Natalie Mobini-Kesheh Publication Year: 1999 Publication Number: SOSEA 28

A ground-breaking study of the Arab Hadrami community in Indonesia. The book considers the evolution of Indonesian Arab identity in the context of the rise of nationalism throughout Southeast Asia during the early twentieth century.

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Author: Carl A.Trocki, ed. Publication Year: 1998 Publication Number: SEAPS 17

A compilation of four essays that present a different approach to the study of politics in Southeast Asia. Most studies focus on politics at the national level, yet these essays deal with regional politics as well as with the practical rather than theoretical aspects of democracy. They examine th...

Nguyen Cochinchina
Author: Li Tana Publication Year: 1998 Publication Number: SOSEA 23

A historical reassessment of southern Vietnam and its distinct culture. The author illuminates the resourceful qualities of the Dang Trong pioneers, develops a meticulous analysis of the Nguyen trade and taxation systems, and, in the process, redefines the chief cause of the Tay Son rebellion. Th...

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