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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.

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

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.

Mystery Of Mystery Of "A Yellow Sleuth": Detective Sergeant Nor Nalla, Federated Malay States Police by Allan, Roland

In 1931 a book full of thrilling adventures set mostly in Malaya appeared in London under the title A Yellow Sleuth: Being the Autobiography of "Nor Nalla" (Detective-Sergeant Federated Malay States Police). Reviewers concluded that the stories were just barely plausible, but agreed that the author knew Malaya intimately. Nor Nalla is an anagram for Ron Allan, who spent four years working on a rubber plantation in Malaya shortly before World War I. The "yellow sleuth" is a master of undercover operations, and this reissued work explores vast locales, from the forests of Malaya to the ports of Java, from London's underbelly to the camps of Chinese laborers in WWI Flanders. Contemporary readers will not only savor the book's tales of adventure and detection, they will also appreciate the ways that the author brings to life- and reveals the contradictions of-late colonial society.

Services Liberalization In Asean: Foreign Direct Investment In LogisticsServices Liberalization In Asean: Foreign Direct Investment In Logistics by Tham Siew Yean; Sanchita Basu Das (Eds.)

The services sector plays an important role in ASEAN economies as it accounts for about half of the regions GDP and more than 45 per cent of its total employment. Logistics is an important industry in the services sector. The integration of logistics is important for deepening economic integration in ASEAN as it facilitates the movement of goods, services and people within and across countries, among producers and from producers to consumers. This book examines the current state of services liberalization in the ten ASEAN economies. It also assesses the FDI enabling environment and the extent of FDI liberalization in the logistics sector as well as the liberalization challenges encountered in each of the ASEAN economies. The book, thus, provides a comparative picture of services liberalization as well as the state of logistics liberalization and development in each of the ten ASEAN member countries.

Cold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast AsiaCold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast Asia by Ford, Eugene

How did the U.S. government make use of a "Buddhist policy" in Southeast Asia during the Cold War despite the American principle that the state should not meddle with religion? To answer this question, Eugene Ford delved deep into an unprecedented range of U.S. and Thai sources and conducted numerous oral history interviews with key informants. Ford uncovers a riveting story filled with U.S. national security officials, diplomats, and scholars seeking to understand and build relationships within the Buddhist monasteries of Southeast Asia. This fascinating narrative provides a new look at how the Buddhist leaderships of Thailand and its neighbors became enmeshed in Cold War politics and in the U.S. government's clandestine efforts to use a predominant religion of Southeast Asia as an instrument of national stability to counter communist revolution.

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative PerspectiveMuslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative Perspective by Khairudin Aljunied

Cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been employed creatively and adapted carefully by Muslim individuals, societies and institutions in modern Southeast Asia to produce the necessary contexts for mutual tolerance and shared respect between and within different groups in society. Organised around six key themes that interweave the connected histories of three countries in Southeast Asia - Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia - this book shows the ways in which historical actors have promoted better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the region. Case studies from across these countries of the Malay world take in the rise of the network society in the region in the 1970s up until the early 21st century, providing a panoramic view of Muslim cosmopolitan practices, outlook and visions in the region.

Ethnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast AsiaEthnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast Asia by Ooi Keat Gin & Volker Grabowsky Et Al (Eds.)

The research presented in this volume analyzes the impact of ethnic change and religious traditions on local, national, and regional identities. Case studies include the Bru population in Laos/Vietnam, hill tribe populations without citizenship in northern Thailand, the Lua also in northern Thailand, the Pakistani community in Penang, the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Leke religious movement in Thailand/Myanmar, political Islam in Indonesia, Sufi Muslims in Thailand, pluralism in Penang, the Preah Vihear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and hero cult worship in Lan Na. Historians and social anthropologists variously tackle these issues of identity and integration within the kaleidoscope of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures that make up Southeast Asia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #14: The Rising Politics Of Indigeneity In Southeast AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #14: The Rising Politics Of Indigeneity In Southeast Asia by Morton, Micah F.

Amidst rising trends of nativism and xenophobia throughout Southeast Asia, a related yet distinct movement framed around altogether different notions of indigeneity is occurring among various long-oppressed ethnic minorities. The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is playing a key role in promoting solidarity, networking and capacity-building among indigenous peoples in Asia as well as linking local communities with international funders and advocates. As highly marginalized communities residing predominantly in the regions natural-resource-rich areas, indigenous peoples are bearing the brunt of the downside of ASEAN's ambitious investment plan and resource-extractive model of development.

Flowers & Plants Of Southeast Asia Sketches And PaintingsFlowers & Plants Of Southeast Asia Sketches And Paintings by Roberts, Lorette E.

This new book by Artist and Illustrator Lorette. E Roberts is a pictorial travelogue of her sketches, comments and paintings of the Flowers and Plants of Southeast Asia. The result is a beautiful and colourful rendition of mostly tropical species together with personal and recorded anecdotes of her discoveries. Whilst this book lays no claim to be a reference tome for tropical or any other plants, it is a faithful record of Lorette's observations of nature during her many travels in Southeast Asia. Her instantly recognisable style engages the reader and viewer throughout.

Lontar #9: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative FictionLontar #9: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction by Lundberg, Jason Erik Et Al (Eds.)

This issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. Also included is a special supplement: the continuing seralisation of Dean Francis Alfar's brilliant novel Salamanca, winner of the Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel and the Gintong Aklat Award for Literature. LONTAR is the world's only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction.

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And ChallengesEducation And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges by Lee Hock Guan (Ed.)

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

First Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian WritingFirst Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian Writing by Chan Wai Han (Ed.)

This anthology of poetry and short stories marks another milestone in the literary tradition of Southeast Asia and co-operation among its publishing community. The publishers - Ethos Books, Singapore; Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines; Buku Fixi, Malaysia; Silkworm Books, Thailand and Yayasan Pustaka Obor, Indonesia - believe that the literature of Southeast Asia is a rich mine of creativity and that the peoples of this region should be invited to share their stories and poems with one another. These two genres are more readily accessible to readers who wish to take a quick dip into the literatures of their neighbors. And the English language, being the de facto lingua franca for all of us, has been chosen for the same reason.

Crime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent WitnessCrime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent Witness by Porter, Liz

This is a casebook of fascinating true stories from Singapore, Malaysia, HK, The Philippines and Indonesia. Its opening case begins when the body of a woman is found in a Singapore nature park. Nobody has reported her missing. Nobody knows who she is. The only clue to her identity is a set of tiny numbers etched into a series of implants in her teeth. Police door-knock the dentists of Singapore until they find the one who treated her. Then, following a trail of numbers called from her phone, they unmask her killer. Another one of the book's Hong Kong cases tells the story of a humble truck driver facing jail for his apparent involvement in a bombing plot allegedly masterminded by two of the former British colony's most notorious gangsters. Then the evidence of a forensic scientist sets him free.