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Rising China, Resilient Japan, Resourceful AseanRising China, Resilient Japan, Resourceful Asean by Ngeow Chow-Bing; Kuik Cheng-Chee

The late Professor Lee Poh Ping had an active and distinguished scholarly career in Malaysia spanning at least five decades. His academic interests included studies of the ethnic Chinese communities in Malaya/Malaysia and Singapore, their historical and contemporary relations with China, Japan-Southeast Asia relations, Malaysia's politics and foreign policy, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. This book is a collection of some of Lee's popular commentary writings and some of the more serious, but still accessible to the reading public, academic articles, on these issues.

Nanyang: Essays On HeritageNanyang: Essays On Heritage by Wang Gungwu

This volume is a book of reflections and encounters about the region that the Chinese knew as Nanyang. The essays in it look back at the years of uncertainty after the end of World War II and explore the period largely through images of mixed heritages in Malaysia and Singapore. They also look at the trends towards social and political divisiveness following the years of decolonization in Southeast Asia. Never far in the background is the struggle to build new nations during four decades of an ideological Cold War and the Chinese determination to move from near-collapse in the 1940s and out of the traumatic changes of the Maoist revolution to become the powerhouse that it now is.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2018Southeast Asian Affairs 2018 by Cook, Malcolm; Daljit Singh (Eds.)

Southeast Asian Affairs is a comprehensive annual review devoted to the international relations, politics, and economies of the region and its nation-states. The collected volumes of Southeast Asian Affairs have become a compendium documenting the dynamic evolution of regional and national developments in Southeast Asia from the end of the 'second' Vietnam War to the alarms and struggles of today. Over the years, the editors have drawn on the talents and expertise not only of ISEAS' own professional research staff and visiting fellows, but have also reached out to tap leading scholars and analysts elsewhere in Southeast and East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, North America, and Europe.

Review Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic CorridorsReview Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors by Asian Development Bank

This review recommends possible extension and/or realignment of economic corridors to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in advancing economic integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The economic corridor approach was adopted by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in 1998 to help accelerate subregional development. The development of economic corridors links production, trade, and infrastructure within a specific geographic area. The review of these corridors was conducted to take into account the opening up of Myanmar and ensure that there is a close match between corridor routes and trade flows; GMS capitals and major urban centers are connected to each other; and the corridors are linked with maritime gateways. The review came up with recommendations for possible extension and/or realignment of the corridors, and adoption of a classification system for corridor development.

Traces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay LiteratureTraces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay Literature by Ding Choo Ming & Willem Van Der Molen (Eds.)

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years. Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #07: Chinese Capitalism And Economic Integration In Southeast AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #07: Chinese Capitalism And Economic Integration In Southeast Asia by Yos Santasombat

China's rise exerts a powerful pull on ASEAN economies and constitutes an impetus for a resinicization of Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. China has become a skilled practitioner of "commercial diplomacy", and as long as it continues to lead the way in regional integration, China's state-led capitalism will seek to integrate itself into the ASEAN Economic Community. This in effect becomes China's essential strategy of desecuritization for the region. As China rises, Southeast Asia has witnessed increased complexity and variations of "hybrid capitalism", including alliances between state-led capitalism, transnational entrepreneurs emanating from China's "going out" policy and ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Three main forms of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia are neoliberal capitalism, flexible capitalism and Confucian capitalism. These intermingle into a range of local varieties under different socio-economic conditions.

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, TheEveryday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, The by Elias, Juanita; Lena Rethel

In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.

Pentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The NationPentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The Nation by Chong, Terence (Ed.)

Charismatic pastors, fast-paced worship sessions, inspirational but shallow theology, and large congregations - these are just some of the associated traits of Pentecostal megachurches. But what lies beneath the veneer of glitz? What are their congregations like? How did they grow so quickly? How have they managed to negotiate local and transnational challenges? This book seeks to understand the growth and popularity of independent Pentecostal megachurches in Southeast Asia. Using an ethnographic approach, the chapters examine Pentecostal megachurches in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Each chapter dwells on the development of the megachurch set against the specific background of the country's politics and history.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #06: Reconciling Economic And Environmental Imperatives In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #06: Reconciling Economic And Environmental Imperatives In Batam by Lee Poh Onn

Batam's economic transformation has been accompanied by a marked degradation of its natural environment. Enforcement to protect the environment has often been inadequate on many fronts, exacerbated by population increases. Though regulations exist for the provision of public amenities like wastewater and sewerage treatment, existing facilities are run-down and ill-equipped to cope with the present demands. The capacity of reservoirs to meet the present demand for water is also strained because of the large population base, with illegal intrusion and squatters further threatening supplies. Economic and environmental imperatives can be reconciled if more emphasis and resources are put into enforcing regulations and protecting the environment.

Proceedings Of The 4Th Symposium - The Ictm Study Group On Performing Arts Of Southeast AsiaProceedings Of The 4Th Symposium - The Ictm Study Group On Performing Arts Of Southeast Asia by

Proceedings of the 4th Symposium: (i) Performing Arts and the Religious Impulse in Southeast Asia, (ii) Endangered Performing Arts Maintenance and Sustainability Efforts, (iii) New Research.

Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13 by Mohd Anis Md Nor (Ed.)

This volume comprises papers read at the International Conference on Bajau-Sama Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures at the Tun Sakaran Museum in Semporna in 2016 organised by Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre (NusParc), the Department of Sabah Museum and the Kadazandusun Chair of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. This monograph publishes peer-reviewed re-submitted papers of the initial presentations based on specific themes on the study of Bajau-Sama' diaspora and maritime Southeast Asian cultures pertinent to the current case studies on Bajau Sama' communities in Semporna and within the Sulu Sea. Issues framed within the sub-themes on Migration, Politics, Rituals Performing Arts, Heritage, Material Culture, Language and Identity are discussed with the intention of seeking potential development models, affirmative actions and empowerment programs and interventions for Bajau-Sama' communities in Sabah.

Perspectives On Dance EducationPerspectives On Dance Education by Mohd Anis Md Nor (Ed.)

This volume is based on the papers presented at the International Conference on Dance Education held on 13-17 August 2014 at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur supported by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya and National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. The themes explored in the conference in relation to dance education were international perspectives on teaching, learning and creating; challenges; possibilities and prospects.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #05: Accidental And Intentional Exporters - Comparing Indonesian Malaysian MsmesTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #05: Accidental And Intentional Exporters - Comparing Indonesian Malaysian Msmes by Tham Siew Yean & Tulus Tambunan

Regardless of the size of the domestic economy, there are ample reasons for firms to extend their markets beyond home shores. Both Indonesia and Malaysia seek to enhance the competitiveness of their micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by including internationalization goals in their respective national development plans for these enterprises. Findings from fourteen case studies in the two countries indicate that exporting may be a serendipitous discovery, as few of these cases were born global in intent. Shifting to intentional exporting will require entrepreneurs to tap into government and/or private networks and thus connect with international buyers. ASEAN can facilitate the entry of MSMEs into the ASEAN market by implementing resolutely current plans to reduce technical barriers to trade.

Universal Periodic Review Of Southeast Asia, The: Civil Society PerspectivesUniversal Periodic Review Of Southeast Asia, The: Civil Society Perspectives by Gomez, James; Robin Ramcharan (Eds.)

The research presented in this book provides a stakeholder analysis of human rights protection at a time when the region appears to be regressing into an insidious and deep authoritarianism. As political space shrinks in Southeast Asia, the book provides an insight into how civil society engaged with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the first (2008-2011) and second (2012-2016) cycles. Through evidence-based research, the authors in this volume identify gaps in human rights reporting and advocacy during the UPR, notably on civil and political issues such as the right to life, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and claims for greater autonomy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #01: Logistics Development In Asean - Complex Challenges AheadTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #01: Logistics Development In Asean - Complex Challenges Ahead by Tham Siew Yean; Sanchita Basu Das

Growing urbanization, increasing trade and investment due to integration, and emerging new business models like e-commerce are accelerating the demand for efficient logistics in each ASEAN country. The logistics sector is inherently complex due to its scope, ranging from physical infrastructure covering four modes of transport, customs, and services. Each of these sub-sectors is regulated by different government agencies, leading to complex challenges in each country's logistics sector. Policymaking has a tendency to be done piecemeal rather than integratively, while a more or less fragmented governance structure impedes implementation. ASEAN liberalization commitments focusses on raising the cap on foreign equity, while regulatory reform remains untouched. Also, flexibility offered in these commitments allows for non-compliance.

Scourge Of Poverty And Proselytism, TheScourge Of Poverty And Proselytism, The by Kalinga Seneviratne

This book is based on a report commissioned by the Bangkok-based World Buddhist University that focused on the socio-economic and cultural challenges facing Buddhist communities in Asia with a case study of Sri Lanka. The research also looked at Buddhist social services that function with very little assistance from abroad, and why they are unable to counter the activities of Christian and Islamic evangelical groups who have huge financial resources from overseas to target Buddhists for conversions exploiting their poverty. The report's conclusions and recommendation includes an urgent need for a well coordinated international Buddhist charity - similar to the Catholic World Vision - to help empower these grassroots Buddhist communities; strict monitoring of NGO funding from overseas; need for a Community Harmony Bill (not an Anti-Conversion Bill); strict zoning laws to control 'illegal' construction of churches, mosques and temples; and concerted efforts by the Buddhists to convince other religious minorities that Sri Lanka's unique and rich Buddhist heritage belongs to all Sri Lankans.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And OutcomesTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes by Flecker, Michael

This paper examines the evolution of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) legislation in Southeast Asia. Legislation in every country differs, with some reflecting great cultural awareness and some signalling neglect. Countries examined include Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. Singapore, in particular, does not have legislation dealing specifically with UCH, although both terrestrial and underwater cultural heritage policy is currently under review. Singapore can afford institutional investigation and excavation, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of private partnerships. Singapore can afford enforcement. By cherry-picking the most effective UCH policies from like-minded governments and moulding them to fit Singapore's unique circumstance Singapore could go from non-starter to leader through a single act of parliament.

In China's Backyard: Policies And Politics Of Chinese Resource Investments In Southeast AsiaIn China's Backyard: Policies And Politics Of Chinese Resource Investments In Southeast Asia by Morris-Jung, Jason

"In this fascinating multi-disciplinary and multi-sited volume, the authors challenge reductionist and oversimplifying approaches to understanding China's engagement with Southeast Asia. Productively viewing these interactions through a 'resource lens', the editor has transcended disciplinary and area studies divides in order to assemble a dynamic and diverse group of scholars with extensive experience across Southeast Asia and in China, all while bringing together perspectives from resource economics, policy analysis, international relations, human geography, political ecology, history, sociology and anthropology." - Erik Harms, Department of Anthropology, Yale University

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms In Muslim Southeast AsiaMediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms In Muslim Southeast Asia by Steele, Janet

What is Islamic journalism? This study examines day-to-day journalism as practiced by Muslim professionals at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia. At Sabili, established as an underground publication, journalists are hired for their ability at dakwah, or Islamic propagation. At Tempo, a news magazine banned during the Soeharto regime, the journalists do not talk much about sharia law; although many are pious and see their work as a manifestation of worship, the Islam they practice is often viewed as progressive or even liberal. At Harakah reporters support an Islamic political party, while at Republika they practice a "journalism of the Prophet." Secular news organizations, too, such as Malaysiakini, employ Muslim journalists. Janet Steele explores how these various publications observe universal principles of journalism and do so through an Islamic idiom.

Khaki Capital: The Political Economy Of The Military In Southeast AsiaKhaki Capital: The Political Economy Of The Military In Southeast Asia by Chambers, Paul; Napisa Waitoolkiat

Although Southeast Asia has seen the emergence of civilian rule, the military continues to receive much of national budgets and, with significant assets and economic activities, often possesses enormous economic clout - enhancing its political power while hindering civilian rule and democratization. The political economy of the military in less developed countries is thus a crucial subject area in these terms. This study, the first of its kind covering Southeast Asia, examines such 'khaki capital' in seven countries - Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia - individual chapters being devoted to each of them. Each case study analyses the historical evolution of khaki capital in that country; the effect of internal and external factors (e.g. military unity and globalization) in this trajectory; and how the resulting equilibrium has affected civil-military relations.