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Scholarly Publications

Ties that Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnam's Labor Resistance
Author: Angie Ngọc Tran Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 62

Ties That Bind  explores Vietnamese labor history from the French colonial period to the contemporary era, tracing a vibrant tradition of workers’ resistance to oppressive conditions. Through interviews with employees, labor organizers, journalists, and officials, as well as evidence from arc...

A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad in Early Colonial Mindanao
Author: Oona Paredes Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 61

A Mountain of Difference  recasts the early colonial encounter between the indigenous Lumad and Christian missionaries in the southern Philippines. This groundbreaking study of the Lumad—the non-Muslim native peoples of Mindanao—draws on Spanish archival sources and indigenous oral traditio...

The Kim Vân Kieu of Nguyen Du (1765–1820)
Author: Nguyen Du; translated by Vladislav Zhukov, introduction by K. W. Taylor Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 60

Nguyen Du’s  Kim Vân Kieu , written in the early nineteenth century and commonly considered to be a defining masterpiece of Vietnamese literature, is the story of an educated and beautiful young woman who suffers misfortune and degradation before obtaining justice and peace. It is a long poem...

The Politics of Timor-Leste: Democratic Consolidation after Intervention
Author: Michael Leach and Damien Kingsbury, eds. Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 59

The Politics of Timor-Leste  explores the critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific’s youngest nation as it seeks to consolidate a democracy following years of international intervention. The authors study the challenges that have burdened the state since it broke from Indonesia amid the violen...

The Spirit of Things
Author: Julius Bautista, ed. Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 58

What role do objects play in crafting the religions of Southeast Asia and shaping the experiences of believers?  The Spirit of Things  explores religious materiality in a region marked by shifting boundaries, multiple beliefs, and trends toward religious exclusivism. While most studi...

Demographic Change
Author: Lindy Williams and Michael Philip Guest, eds. Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 57

During the last half century, Southeast Asia has undergone tremendous social, political, and economic change. This volume chronicles the extensive demographic transformations that have accompanied those changes, documenting how public health and other policy interventions contributed to rapid pop...

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology
Author: Nora A. Taylor and Boreth Ly, eds. Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 56

This anthology explores artistic practices and works from a diverse and vibrant region. Scholars, critics, and curators offer their perspectives on Southeast Asian art and artists, aiming not to define the field but to illuminate its changing nature and its interactions with creative endeavors an...

Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Southeast Asia
Author: May Adadol Ingawanij and Benjamin McKay, eds. Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 55

Since the late 1990s, a vivid new sphere of cinematic practice in Southeast Asia has emerged and been identified as  independent . What exactly does this term mean in relation to the way films and videos are made, and the way they look? How do issues of festival circulation, piracy, technology, ...

Javanese Literature in Surakarta Manuscripts Vol. 3: Manuscripts of the Radya Pustaka Museum and the Hardjonagaran Library
Author: Nancy K. Florida Publication Year: 2012

This book completes the series of three volumes cataloguing the Javanese-language manuscripts housed in four repositories in the Central Javanese city of Surakarta that were preserved in microfilm under the auspices of the Cornell University’s Surakarta Manuscript Project. The present volume de...

Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow
Author: Meredith L. Weiss Publication Year: 2011 Publication Number: SOSEA 54

This work traces the early rise and subsequent decline of politically effective student activism in Malaysia. During the 1970s, the state embarked on a project of “intellectual containment” that both suppressed ongoing mobilization of university students and delegitimized further activism. Th...

Political Authority and Provincial Identity in Thailand
Author: Yoshinori Nishizaki Publication Year: 2011 Publication Number: SOSEA 53

The powerful Thai politician and former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa has been disparaged as a corrupt operator who for years channeled excessive state funds into developing his own rural province. This study reinterprets Banharn’s career and offers a detailed portrait of the voters who su...

Vietnam and the West: New Approaches
Author: Wynn Wilcox, ed. Publication Year: 2010 Publication Number: SOSEA 52

Early studies of Vietnam’s relationship with the West tended to focus on the country’s political and military responses to the aggressions of foreign powers, such as those marking the French colonial period (1862–1954) and the US–Vietnam War. The nine essays in this volume take a differen...

Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand
Author: Rachel V. Harrison & Peter A. Jackson, eds. Publication Year: 2010
SPECIAL NOTE:

The Ambiguous Allure of the West is copublished with Hong Kong University Press. As such, SEAP may only sell this book to North American customers. Orders for this book originating outside the United States, Canada, and Mexico must be directed to:

Hong Kong University Pr...

Cultures at War
Author: Tony Day and Maya H. T. Liem, eds. Publication Year: 2010 Publication Number: SOSEA 51

The Cold War in Southeast Asia was a many-faceted conflict, driven by regional historical imperatives as much as by the contest between global superpowers. The essays in this book offer the most detailed and probing examination to date of the cultural dimension of the Cold War in Southeast Asia. ...

State of Authority
Author: Gerry van Klinken and Joshua Barker, eds. Publication Year: 2009 Publication Number: SOSEA 50

A major realignment is taking place in the way we understand the state in Indonesia. New studies on local politics, ethnicity, the democratic transition, corruption, Islam, popular culture, and other areas hint at novel concepts of the state, though often without fully articulating them.This book...

Phan Chau Trinh and His Political Writings
Author: Vinh Sinh, editor & translator Publication Year: 2009 Publication Number: SOSEA 49

Phan Chau Trinh (1872-1926) was the earliest proponent of democracy and popular rights in Vietnam. Throughout his life, he favored a moderate approach to political change and advised the country's leaders to seek gradual progress for Vietnam within the French colonial system. Unlike many of his c...

Dependent Communities
Author: Caroline Hughes Publication Year: 2009 Publication Number: SOSEA 48

Dependent Communities  investigates the political situations in contemporary Cambodia and East Timor, where powerful international donors intervened following deadly internal conflicts. This comparative analysis critiques international policies that focus on rebuilding state institutions to acc...

A Man Like Him
Author: Journal Kyaw Ma Ma Lay Publication Year: 2008 Publication Number: SOSEA 47

The story of eight years in the brief life of Journal Kyaw U Chit Maung, a courageous Burmese journalist and editor. His political analyses helped guide the nation during a turbulent era marked by internal struggles to establish a democracy independent of Britain in the late 1930s and the Japanes...

At the Edge of the Forest
Author: Anne Ruth Hansen and Judy Ledgerwood, eds. Publication Year: 2008 Publication Number: SOSEA 46

Inspired by the groundbreaking work of David Chandler on Cambodian attempts to find order in the aftermath of turmoil, these essays explore Cambodian history using a rich variety of sources that cast light on Khmer perceptions of violence, wildness, and order, the "forest" and cultured space, and...

Conflict, Violence, and Displacement in Indonesia
Author: Eva-Lotta E. Hedman, ed. Publication Year: 2008 Publication Number: SOSEA 45

This volume foregrounds the dynamics of displacement and the experiences of internal refugees uprooted by conflict and violence in Indonesia. Contributors examine displacement in the context of militarized conflict and violence in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua, and in other parts of Outer Island In...

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