Southeast Review of Asian Studies

Covers the study of modern Asia-Pacific, including include finance, trade, environment, human resources development, best practices in government, fisheries, tourism, education and women's studies to name a few.

Articles from Vol. 29, Annual

An Early Voice of the Vietnamese Diaspora in Vietnamese-American Literature
In Blue Dragon, White Tiger: A Tet Story (1983), Tran Van Dinh's characters represent particular political and philosophical positions that defined various factions during the American War in Vietnam. This article examines these characters and their...
Assimilation through Resistance: Language and Ethnicity in Kim Saryang's "Hikari No Naka Ni"
In the short story "Hikari no naka ni" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (In the light, 1939), Kim Saryang (1914-50) critiques the desire of colonized Koreans to participate in the colonial policy of assimilation through such acts as adopting Japanese...
Contemporary Jain Sati-Narratives
Drawing from interviews with Jain nuns in India, Sherry Fohr explores a traditional--yet continually expanding--narrative tradition that links chastity to supernatural power. Genre of the Sati-Narrative in India & the Power of Chastity Frequently...
Dating-Simulation Games: Leisure and Gaming of Japanese Youth Culture
This article introduces Japanese dating-simulation (dating-sim) games and examines their depictions of young men, women, and romantic relationships in "virtual Japan." Several intersecting realms of Japanese popular culture are examined--video games,...
Disparities among the Orphans of China
This scholarly note, by a parent of two adopted Chinese children, considers the current situation of orphans and orphanages in the People's Republic of China, in the wake of rapid social and economic change. Orphans in China under the One-Child...
Editor's Note
The Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS) continues to evolve and to become increasingly representative of the high-quality scholarship produced by members of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS). This volume,...
From Ashram to Condo: Transformation of a Religious Ideal
Construction booms in contemporary Vrindaban, the traditional site of the childhood and youth of Krishna. A previous "building boom" occurred in Vrindaban in the sixteenth century, when Vaishnava groups "rediscovered" the sacred places of Krishna's...
Kongzi on Religious Experience
In this scholarly note, Ronnie Littlejohn employs an internal hermeneutic to investigate Kongzi's [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Confucius's) understanding of regligious experience, as illuminated by passages from a variety of classical Chinese...
Minutes of the 46th Annual Business Meeting
Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee Saturday, January 13, 2007 These preliminary minutes are subject to approval at the 47TH Annual Business Meeting in Hilton Head, South...
Monumentality in Nanjing's Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park
This article explores the changing perceptions of monumentality on Nanjing's Purple Mountain, location of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial National Park, which was constructed during the early years of the Nationalist Era in China (1927-49). Monumentality...
Realism, Hybridity, and the Construction of Identity in Wang Xiaoshuai's Beijing Bicycle
Chinese filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai's Beijing Bicycle (2001) uses the struggle over a bicycle between Guei, a rural migrant, and Jian, an urbanite schoolboy, to represent the disorienting effect that economic modernization and consumerism have had in...
Religion, Politics, and Constitutional Reform in Japan: How the Soka Gakkai and Komeito Have Thwarted Conservative Attempts to Revise the 1947 Constitution
Ever since the United States wrote a very liberal constitution for Japan in 1947, during the aftermath of World War II, conservative politicians have sought to amend the document. Their chief target is the so-called Peace Clause, Article 9, which prohibits...
Sea Power with Asian Characteristics: China, India, and the Proliferation Security Initiative
Why have China and India remained aloof from the U.S.-led "Proliferation Security Initiative" (PSI), a loose international consortium aimed at interdicting shipments of weapons-related materiel, despite obvious interests in quelling proliferation?...
Southeast Asian Nationalism and the Russo-Japanese War: Reexamining Assumptions
This article critically reexamines the assumption that the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5) significantly influenced Southeast Asian nationalists and their anti-colonial movements. A survey of the region finds that, with only two exceptions--the Philippines...
The Chinese Military and the "Taiwan Issue": How China Assesses Its Security Environment
This article discusses China's assessment of its security environment by examining the role of the "Taiwan Issue" in China's military modernization and domestic politics. It sheds light on the strategic outlook of the world's largest yet most understudied...
The East Asian Developmental Model in the Era of Global Finance: The Case of Japan
In this article, I explore the question of whether globalization has attenuated "Asianess" in relation to a central issue at the intersection of political economy and Asian studies. I examine whether and to what extent the long-celebrated East Asian...
The Myth of Pacifism: Domestic Politics and Contradictory Ambitions in Japan's Security Policy
By explaining how political manipulation and Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution have helped perpetuate a self-made myth of Japanese pacifism, this scholarly note complements the three articles on security issues in contemporary Asia (pp. 90-136)...
The Soka Gakkai in Cambodia
Drawing from the author's firsthand experiences in Cambodia in May 2006, this scholarly note offers an up-to-date look at the influence of a thriving international chapter of the Soka Gakkai, a Japanese new religion based on the tenets of Nichiren...
Understanding the Importance of Eclecticism: K. G. Subramanyan and Twentieth-Century Indian Art
This scholarly note investigates the philosophy of K. G. Subramanyan, a contemporary Indian artist, with respect to how he has navigated modernity and postcolonialism to create artistic identity and meaning through eclecticism. The editor recommends...
Vietnam's Security Challenges: Dilemmas of Reform Communism
This article evaluates internal and external challenges to the control of Vietnam's Communist Party (VCP). The VCP presently retains a monopoly on power amid extraordinary changes and challenges accompanying Vietnam's transformation into a vibrant...
Welcome from the SEC/AAS President
The Southeast Review of Asian Studies has grown steadily since it was first published as the Annals in 1979. The purpose of the Annals was to publish selected papers (and abstracts of papers) presented at the annual meeting of the SEC/AAS, but the...