Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

A journal publishing scholarly articles on Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Embraces several academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, October

'A Hundred Loves', 'A Thousand Lovers': Portrayals of Sexuality in the Work of Thidaa Bunnaak
Western academic approaches to cultural, gender and literary studies have, for the past thirty years or more, engaged profoundly in the debates surrounding feminism, the body and female sexuality. These issues are consequently well established as...
A Javanese Handbook for Would-Be Husbands: The Serat Candraning Wanita
Descriptians of women in Java and the male gaze Writing at the height of the sexual revolution in the West, one Australian literary critic once scorned modern Indonesian literature for failing 'to deal in a convincing manner with the topic of...
Books Received
Asia Asia Pacific Security Outlook, 1997-2001. Edited by RICHARD W. BAKER, CHRISTOPHER A. MCNALLY and CHARLES E. MORRISON. Tokyo and New York: Japan Center for International Exchange, 2001. [CD-ROM] ISBN 4 88907 057 5 Asia's Maritime...
'Come on, Girls, Let's Go Bail Water': Eroticism in Ho Xuan Huong's Vietnamese Poetry
For a small country, Vietnam has a remarkably long poetic tradition, including popular appreciation of good lyrics composed in constrained meters yet rich in double images and double meanings. Ho Xuan Hurong, who lived in the late eighteenth and...
Erotic Literature in Nineteenth-Century Bali
Bali possesses a rich and diverse textual heritage that stretches back more than a millennium, by way of pre-Islamic Java, to the Sanskrit culture of ancient India. Balinese literature covers a wide variety of genres, ranging from folk tales and...
On Sex, Drugs and Good Manners: Raja Ali Haji as Lexicographer
Dictionaries are odd phenomena. (1) They are outdated by the time they are compiled, and they are never complete. Rarely do they live up to the expectations of their users, who would like them to contain all the words of the lexicon of a certain...
Social and Economic Patterns of Landlord-Tenant Relationships in the Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand: An Historical Perspective
With the dramatic development of peasant agriculture in Southeast Asia during the middle and late nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, land resources -- once abundant and freely available -- came under increasing pressure....
The VOC's Trade in Indian Textiles with Burma, 1634-80
Even in Dutch academic circles historians have remained quite unaware of the fact that in the 1600s the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) maintained several trading posts in Burma for almost half a century. As there...