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. 27, Annual

A Visit to the Study Centre for Indian Literature in English and Translation
Tucked away on an autonomous college campus in Madurai, South India, there is a literary-resource jewel christened with a rather "homey" sounding acronym: SCILET. The setting is the American College of Madurai (started one-hundred and twenty-five years...
Breathing Disaffection: The Impact of Irish Nationalist Journalism on India's Native Press
The closing decades of the nineteenth century witnessed the British Empire at its zenith, supremely confident in its permanence and infallibility. Yet, when cracks in the veneer of the Empire did begin to appear, they were caused not merely by upheavals...
China: Astonishing but Troubled Rising Star
Even though I have been teaching Chinese history at the college-level for nearly three decades and have heard about the rapid changes occurring in the "Middle Kingdom," I was totally unprepared for the entirely modern evolution of the Chinese state...
Dying for Love in the Peony Pavilion and Romeo and Juliet
Introduction The Peony Pavilion and Romeo and Juliet are two extraordinary canonical works about feverish love on the international stage of drama. The Peony Pavilion was written in 1598 by the famous Chinese dramatist Tang Xianzu of the Ming Dynasty....
Editor's Note
The Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS; formerly called Annals), published by the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, highlights the scholarly activity of Asianists in the Southeast. The main forum for scholarly activity...
Education and Autonomy: Muslim Women as Effective Role Models in a Calcutta Basti (1)
Both culture and poverty work against the education of girls in a largely Muslim slum community (basti) (2) in Calcutta. At puberty girls are taken out of school and secluded at home in the interests of family honor, then quickly married off, customarily...
Implicating Colonial Memory and the Atomic Bombing: Hayashi Kyoko's Three Short Stories
Introduction In the official political discourse about the atomic bombings in Japan, the bombings are a collective national experience of victimization for all the Japanese. (1) Such a view of the atomic bombings creates a myth of Japanese wartime...
Japan's 2002 Educational Reforms: The American Experiment
The beginning of the 2002 school year marked the final stage of implementation of a number of changes in the Japanese educational system that the Ministry of Education first advocated in the late 1970s and that were incrementally phased in during subsequent...
Minutes Annual Business Meeting January 15, 2005 Southeast Conference, Association for Asian Studies 44th Annual Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky
President Kate Kaup called the business meeting to order at 1:20 pm in the ballroom of the Radisson Lexington, then thanked Kristin Stapleton and Paige Johnson Tan for the meeting arrangements. Local Arrangements Chair Kristin Stapleton welcomed...
Mythologies and Miracles: The Saikoku Kannon Peregrinogenesis
Introduction: Saikoku Kannon Peregrinology and Peregrinogenesis Although the term "peregrinology," referring to the study of pilgrimage, has recently resurfaced in modern scholarship, (1) the term "peregrinogenesis" is, to my knowledge, a neologism....
Neo-Leftist Theory, Neo-Liberalist Theory and Neo-Authoritarian Theory: A Debate in the National Social Science Academy of China
I. Introduction In the last 15 years or so, researchers in the social sciences in China, including those in sociology, political science, Marxism studies, economics, law, and anthropology, have been involved in a multidisciplinary debate regarding...
On Social Mobility, the Military, and Democratization: Contrasting Evolutions in Korea and Burma. Notes for a Peliminary Inquiry
Although we focus on the word 'democracy' as an element of U.S. policy, we should rather focus on the term 'democratization,' for this inherently includes the concept of process, while democracy is more like a finished or completed product, ignoring...
Pham Duy and Modern Vietnamese History
The history of the Vietnamese in the twentieth century is the still incomplete story of a people's continuous material and spiritual self-transformation as they sought, and gradually found, the means to replace ancient structures, thoughts, and habits...
President Ho Speaks to the Children: Thieu Sinh Magazine and the New Child in 1945 Revolutionary Vietnam
Introduction The history of the immediate aftermath of the declaration of independence in Vietnam on September 2, 1945 awaits a socio-cultural analysis. Historiography of this period is saturated with military and political analyses. But how much...
The Hip Hop Impact on Japanese Youth Culture
I. Introduction This paper explores the hip hop impact on Japanese youth culture with special reference to the ganguro (1) phenomenon among Japanese teenage girls. Ganguro has been identified as a new fashion style (2) imitating certain hip hop...
The Production of Holy Water: The Contribution of Puppeteers to Balinese Life Cycle Rituals
To most of the thousands of tourists that flood the tiny island of Bali every year, the wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre) is little more than one of many exotic forms of entertainment that nightly provide diversion from a leisurely day of surfing,...
Wu Zhao's Remarkable Aviary
Introduction Wu Zhao [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1) (624-705), the only female emperor in Chinese history, was a pragmatist, painfully aware that to establish her sovereignty she needed to marshal every tool, symbolic or real, at her disposal....