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. 44, No. 3, October

Ancestors in Borneo Societies: Death, Transformation, and Social Immortality
Ancestors in Borneo societies: Death, transformation, and social immortality Edited by PASCAL COUDERC and KENNETH SILLANDER Copenhagen, NIAS Press 2012. Pp. 390 pp. Maps, Figures, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000441 This book explores...
Ancient Vietnam: History, Art and Archaeology
Ancient Vietnam: History, art and archaeology By ANNE-VALERIE SCHWEYER Bangkok: River Books, 2011. 428 pp. Illustrations, Maps. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000520 Vietnam is among the most attractive tourist destinations in the world and Vietnamese...
Books Received
Dharma Patanjala: A Saiva scripture from ancient Java studied in the light of related Old Javanese and Sanskrit texts By ANDREA ACRI The Netherlands: Egbert Forsten, 2011 ISBN: 978-90-6980-000-4 Hating empire properly: The two Indies and...
Dharma Patanjala: A Saiva Scripture from Ancient Java Studied in the Light of Related Old Javanese and Sanskrit Texts
Dharma Patanjala: A Saiva scripture from ancient Java studied in the light of related Old Javanese and Sanskrit texts By ANDREA ACRI Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2011. Pp. 615. Appendices, Plates, Notes, Bibliography, General Index, Index of Text...
Editorial Foreword
In this third issue of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies for 2013 we have put together six research articles and a review article that deal with the localisation of technology, science and art as well as education in the early modern, colonial...
Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore
Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore By SUDHIR THOMAS VADAKETH Singapore: NUS Press and Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012. Pp. 282. Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000398 In the first sentence of Floating...
Hard Interests, Soft Illusions: Southeast Asia and American Power
Hard interests, soft illusions: Southeast Asia and American power By NATASHA HAMILTON-HART Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Pp. 243. Appendix, Bibliography, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000386 Natasha Hamilton-Hart explores the...
Images of a Forest People: Punan Malinau-Identity, Sociality, and Encapsulation in Borneo
Images of a forest people: Punan Malinau--Identity, sociality, and encapsulation in Borneo By LARS KASKIJA Uppsala: Uppsala Studies in Cultural Anthropology No. 52, 2012. Pp. 270. Appendix, Bibliography. doi: 10.1017/S002246341300043X This...
In the Name of Pauk-Phaw: Myanmar's China Policy since 1948
In the name of Pauk-Phaw: Myanmar's China policy since 1948 By MAUNG AUNG MYOE Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2011. Pp. 238. Appendixes, Bibliography, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000477 Sino--Myanmar relations are very...
Land and Loyalty: Security and the Development of Property Rights in Thailand
Land and loyalty: Security and the development of property rights in Thailand By TOMAS LARSSON Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012. Pp. 208. Figures, tables, bibliography, index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000490 Is the rhetoric that...
Melayu: The Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Malayness
Melayu: The politics, poetics and paradoxes of Malayness Edited by MAZNAH MOHAMAD and SYED MUHD KHAIRUDIN ALJUNIED Singapore: NUS Press, 2011. Pp. 370. Plates, Notes, Bibliography, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000428 Is Melayu (or Malayness)...
Multicultural Citizenship Education in Indonesia: The Case of a Chinese Christian School
A primary objective of education in the nation-state is the creation of good and responsible citizens. Indonesian children generally attend school six days a week for nine years of their lives starting at the age of seven. Scholars have hailed education...
Patriotic Hygiene: Tracing New Places of Knowledge Production about Malaria in Vietnam, 1919-75
Introduction Nationalism has obscured the past of biomedical knowledge production about malaria and its control in Vietnam. Take for example a history of the medical accomplishments of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV), published in 1976...
Southeast Asia in the Age of Jazz: Locating Popular Culture in the Colonial Philippines and Indonesia
********** The 1920s was a period of intensive cultural borrowing and experimentation. The inter-ethnic urbanites, particularly a newly emerging middle-class of professionals and officials in harbour cities like Manila, Cebu, Batavia, Surabaya and...
State Formation and the Evolution of Naval Strategies in the Melaka Straits, C. 500-1500 CE
Introduction Developing along the shores of a critical Southeast Asian shipping and trade route, the coastal, largely Malay, societies flanking the Strait of Melaka and connected marine channels and riparian waterways (henceforth collectively, the...
Student Movements: Malaya as Outlier in Southeast Asia
Student activism in Asia: Between protest and powerlessness Edited by MEREDITH L. WEISS and EDWARD ASPINALL Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Pp. 318. Index. Student activism in Malaysia: Crucible, mirror, sideshow By MEREDITH...
The Authority of Influence: Women and Power in Burmese History
The authority of influence: Women and power in Burmese history By JESSICA HARRIDEN Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2012. Pp. 370. Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000489 The authority of influence provides an overview of the...
The Great Depression and the Changing Trajectory of Public Education Policy in Indonesia, 1930-42
Introduction At the end of the 1920s the Dutch Indies government launched a new policy, concordantie (concordance), aimed at making Dutch-language public education in Indonesia equivalent to that in the Netherlands. The concordant education system...
The Meaning of Dukun and Allure of Sufi Healers: How Persian Cosmopolitans Transformed Malay-Indonesian History
Framing initial questions: What has dukun meant? While they rarely admit it, over the last century, scholars writing about ethnomedicine and its practices within and around the Malay-Indonesian archipelago (1) have often taken for granted the meaning...
The Perfect Business? Anti-Trafficking and the Sex Trade along the Mekong
The perfect business? Anti-trafficking and the sex trade along the Mekong By SVERRE MOLLAND Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2012. Pp. 276. Notes, Bibliography, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000416 In the past decade the growing...
The Portuguese and the Straits of Melaka 1575-1619
The Portuguese and the Straits of Melaka 1575-1619 By PAULO JORGE DE SOUSA PINTO. Trans. by R ROY Singapore: NUS Press, 2012. Pp. 363. Maps, Plates, Notes, Bibliography, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000404 Translated from a doctoral dissertation...
The Universe Unraveling: American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos
The universe unraveling: American foreign policy in Cold War Laos By SETH JACOBS Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012 and Singapore: NUS Press, 2013. Pp. 328. Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000465 Professor Seth Jacobs writes readably,...
Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism
Treacherous subjects: Gender, culture, and trans-Vietnamese feminism By CAN P. DUONG Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012. Pp. 243. Illustrations. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000519 In Treacherous subjects, Lan Duong does what most Asian...
Vietnam: Rethinking the State
Vietnam: Rethinking the state By MARTIN GAINSBOROUGH London: Zed Books, 2010. 224 pages. Maps, Notes, Bibliography, Index. doi: 10.1017/S0022463413000507 Martin Gainsborough's Vietnam: Rethinking the state makes an important contribution...