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Southeastern Asia Book List

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Camp Life Is Paradise for Freddy
A Childhood in the Dutch East Indies, 1933–1946
By Fred Lanzing
· Translation by Marjolijn de Jager
· Introduction by William H. Frederick

In this lyrical but controversial memoir of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp for Dutch colonialists during World War II, Lanzing enlivens ongoing discussions of the politics of memory and the powerful—if contentious—contributions that subjective accounts make to historiography and the legacies of the past.

Memoir · World War II · Southeast Asian History · 20th century · Southeastern Asia · Indonesia · Southeast Asian Studies

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Gongs and Pop Songs
Sounding Minangkabau in Indonesia
By Jennifer A. Fraser

Scholarship on the musical traditions of Indonesia has long focused on practices from Java and Bali, including famed gamelan traditions, at the expense of the wide diversity of other musical forms within the archipelago. Jennifer A. Fraser counters this tendency by exploring a little-known gong tradition from Sumatra called talempong, long associated with people who identify themselves as Minangkabau.

Anthropology · Asian Studies · Southeast Asian Studies · Music · Indonesia · Southeastern Asia · Asia

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Land for the People
The State and Agrarian Conflict in Indonesia
Edited by Anton Lucas and Carol Warren

Half of Indonesia’s massive population still lives on farms, and for these tens of millions of people the revolutionary promise of land reform remains largely unfulfilled. The Basic Agrarian Law, enacted in the wake of the Indonesian revolution, was supposed to provide access to land and equitable returns for peasant farmers. But fifty years later, the law’s objectives of social justice have not been achieved.

Southeast Asian Studies · Asian Studies · Southeast Asian History · Indonesia · Southeastern Asia · Asia · Agricultural and Food Policy

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Wartime in Burma
A Diary, January to June 1942
By Theippan Maung Wa
· Edited by L. E. Bagshawe and Anna J. Allott

This diary, begun after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and covering the invasion of Burma up to June 1942, is a moving account of the dilemmas faced by the well-loved and prolific Burmese author Theippan Maung Wa (a pseudonym of U Sein Tin) and his family. At the time of the Japanese invasion, U Sein Tin was deputy secretary in the Ministry of Home and Defense Affairs.

Diaries and Journals · Southeastern Asia · Burma · 20th century · World War II · History · Asian History · Asian Studies · Southeast Asian Studies · Asia

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Realizing the Dream of R. A. Kartini
Her Sisters’ Letters from Colonial Java
Edited by Joost J. Coté

Realizing the Dream of R. A. Kartini: Her Sisters’ Letters from Colonial Java presents a unique collection of documents reflecting the lives, attitudes, and politics of four Javanese women in the early twentieth century. Joost J. Coté translates the correspondence between Raden Ajeng Kartini, Indonesia’s first feminist, and her sisters, revealing for the first time her sisters’ contributions in defining and carrying out her ideals.

History · Southeast Asian Studies · Java · Indonesia · Southeastern Asia · Asia

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Burma’s Mass Lay Meditation Movement
Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power
By Ingrid Jordt

Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement: Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power describes a transformation in Buddhist practice in contemporary Burma. This revitalization movement has had real consequences for how the oppressive military junta, in power since the early 1960s, governs the country.

Sociology of Religion · Religion, Politics, and the State · Buddhism · Human Rights · Southeastern Asia · Burma · Southeast Asian Studies · Asian Studies

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Power Plays
Wayang Golek Puppet Theater of West Java
By Andrew N. Weintraub

Based on ethnographic fieldwork spanning twenty years, Power Plays is the first scholarly book in English on wayang golek, the Sundanese rod-puppet theater of West Java. It is a detailed and lively account of the ways in which performers of this major Asian theatrical form have engaged with political discourses in Indonesia. Wayang golek has shaped, as well, the technological and commercial conditions of art and performance in a modernizing society.

Asian Studies · Literary Studies · Theater - History and Criticism · Asian Literature · Java · Indonesia · Southeastern Asia · Asia

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Islam and the State in Indonesia
By Bahtiar Effendy

Since the unraveling of Western colonialism in the mid-twentieth century, Muslim nations have struggled to reconcile Islamic ideas and political movements with the state. In Indonesia, in particular, Islam and the state have long been at an impasse. While the ritual dimension of Islam has been allowed to flourish, political Islam has been defeated by various means.

Asian Studies · Religion · Asia · Southeastern Asia · Indonesia · Islam · History · Political Science · Asian History · Religion, Politics, and the State

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Tensions of Empire
Japan and Southeast Asia in the Colonial and Postcolonial World
By Ken’ichi Goto
· Edited by Paul H. Kratoska

Beginning with the closing decade of European colonial rule in Southeast Asia and covering the wartime Japanese empire and its postwar disintegration, Tensions of Empire focuses on the Japanese in Southeast Asia, Indonesians in Japan, and the legacy of the war in Southeast Asia. It also examines Japanese perceptions of Southeast Asia and the lingering ambivalence toward Japanese involvement in Asia and toward the war in particular.

Southeast Asian Studies · 20th century · World War II · Asia · Southeastern Asia · Indonesia · Asian Studies · Asian History · History · Colonialism and Decolonization

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New Terrains in Southeast Asian History
Edited by Abu Talib Ahmad and Tan Liok Ee

At a watershed moment in the scholarly approach to the history of this important region, New Terrains in Southeast Asian History captures the richness and diversity of historical discourse among Southeast Asian scholars. Through the perspectives of scholars who live and work within the region, the book offers readers a rare opportunity to enter into the world of Southeast Asian historiography.

Asian History · Asian Studies · Southeast Asian Studies · Southeastern Asia

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Television, Nation, and Culture in Indonesia
By Philip Kitley

The culture of television in Indonesia began with its establishment in 1962 as a public broadcasting service. From that time, through the deregulation of television broadcasting in 1990 and the establishment of commercial channels, television can be understood, Philip Kitley argues, as a part of the New Order's national culture project, designed to legitimate an idealized Indonesian national cultural identity.

Asian Studies · History · 20th century · Asia · Southeastern Asia · Indonesia · Political Science · Media Studies · Television - History and Criticism · Asian History · Southeast Asian Studies · Sociology

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Theater and Martial Arts in West Sumatra
Randai and Silek of the Minangkabau
By Kirstin Pauka

Randai, the popular folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group in West Sumatra, has evolved to include influences of martial arts, storytelling, and folk songs. Theater and Martial Arts in West Sumatra describes the origin, development, and cultural background of randai and highlights two recent developments: the emergence of female performers and modern staging techniques.

Asian Studies · Southeast Asian Studies · Southeastern Asia · Indonesia · Theater - History and Criticism · Media Studies · Asia

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Japanese Empire in the Tropics
Selected Documents and Reports of the Japanese Period in Sarawak, Northwest Borneo, 1941–1945
By Ooi Keat Gin

Although the Japanese interregnum was brief, its dramatic commencement and equally dramatic conclusion represented a watershed in the history of the young state of Sarawak. In recent years, there has been a groundswell of interest in the war years, culminating in an attempt at reassessment of the Japanese occupation in Southeast Asia by Western and Japanese scholars as well as by those from Southeast Asia.

Asian Studies · Asia · Southeastern Asia · 20th century · World War II · Political Science · Asian History · International History · History · Southeast Asian Studies · Colonialism and Decolonization

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Imagining Indonesia
Cultural Politics and Political Culture
Edited by Jim Schiller and Barbara Martin-Schiller

Increased interest in Indonesian culture and politics is reflected in this work's effort to advance and reject various notions of what it means to be Indonesian. It also addresses perceptions of how Indonesia's citizens and state officials should interact.

Political Science · Indonesia · Southeastern Asia · Asia

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Language, Power, and Ideology in Brunei Darussalam
By Geoffrey C. Gunn

Contrary to modern theories of developing nations, Brunei Darussalam, which has a very high rate of literacy, is also one of the few countries where the traditional elite retains absolute political power.

Asian Studies · Southeastern Asia · Brunei · Sociology · Political Science · Asian Literature · Literary Studies · Journalism · Southeast Asian Studies · Asia