Talk: Yangon Echoes – Heritage Homes

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Talk: Yangon Echoes – Heritage Homes, 30 january 2017, EWC Gallery, John A. Burns Hall

A Joint Talk by Dr. Virginia Henderson and photographer Tim Webster, co-authors of the book entitled Yangon Echoes: Inside heritage homes.

Yangon Echoes: Inside heritage homes, an oral history listening project, investigates multicultural diversity and individual everyday lived experiences, revealing the vulnerabilities and pressures on Yangon’s people and its heritage today. The storytellers share thoughts and feelings, speaking of joy and tragedy, simple pleasures and aching issues. Told with courage and charm, the informal stories of home offer insight into what has happened and is happening to the city.

In this talk, Dr. Virginia Henderson and photographer Tim Webster will discuss the exhibition based on their book at the East-West Center Gallery. The exhibition, which will be from January 29 to May 21, 2017, will feature photographs, stories of the residence, and artifacts representing aspects of lived heritage in contemporary Yangon Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma).

Lire la suite : http://www.cseashawaii.org/2017/01/yangon-echoes-inside-heritage-homes/

Malay literary manuscripts in the John Leyden collection

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Malay literary manuscripts in the John Leyden collection by Annabel Teh Gallop, 09/01/2017, Asian and African Studies Blog (British Library)

The collection of Malay manuscripts formed by the Scottish poet and scholar of Oriental languages John Leyden (1775-1811), now held in the British Library, is an exceptionally important resource for Malay literature. Leyden spent four months in Penang from late 1805 to early 1806, staying in the house of Thomas Stamford Raffles, initiating a deep friendship which lasted until Leyden’s early death in Batavia in 1811. The 25 volumes of Malay manuscripts in the Leyden collection contain 33 literary works, comprising 28 hikayat in prose and five syair in narrative verse, with some titles existing in multiple copies. Nearly all the manuscripts come from the environs of Kedah, Perlis and Penang and were collected by Leyden or Raffles, while a few were copied in Melaka, where Raffles was stationed in 1811 and where Leyden spent some weeks en route to Batavia. 24 of the works are dated to between 1802 and 1808, and over ten names of scribes are found in the colophons. The collection thus affords a remarkable snapshot of literary activity along the northwest coast of the Malay peninsula in the first decade of the 19th century.

Lire la suite et accéder aux mss numérisés : http://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2017/01/malay-literary-manuscripts-in-the-john-leyden-collection.html

Péninsule, no. 72, 2016 (1)

Péninsule, no. 72, 2016 (1)

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I. Rencontres et échanges

Avec le monde indo-musulman

  • À propos des musulmans et d’Ayudhya (1350-1767) par Gilles Delouche
  • Le chant occulte des pantouns, interprétations de poèmes malais dans l’œuvre d’Henri Fauconnier par Yann Quero

Entre nationalismes asiatiques

  • Bùi Quang Chiêu à Calcutta (1928), le miroir brisé des nationalismes vietnamien et indien par Agathe Larcher-Goscha

II. Dents noires et sang rouge : représentations et interdits

  • Le chasseur, sa femme et les interdictions par Bernard Dupaigne
  • Le noircissement des dents chez les chiqueurs de bétel vietnamiens. Quelques observations préliminaires de la documentation par Nguyen Xuân Hiên, Jane D. Chang & Margret J. Vlaar

Comptes rendus

Plus d’informations sur : http://peninsule.free.fr/pages/peninsule_72pag.html

Critical Asian Studies, vol. 49, no. 1, March 2017

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Critical Asian Studies, vol. 49, no. 1, March 2017

Thematic Issue: Rethinking Marriage Migration in Asia: Development, Gender and Transnationalism, Part II

Table of contents : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcra20/49/1

A signaler :

  • Three Islamist generations, one Islamic state: the Darul Islam movement and Indonesian social transformation by Andi Rahman Alamsyah & Vedi R. Hadiz
  • President Jokowi and the 2014 Obor Rakyat controversy in Indonesia by Adam Tyson & Budi Purnomo

Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 37, no. 3, december 2016

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Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 37, no. 3, december 2016

Table of contents

Articles

  • The relationship between IRA and local government expenditures: evidence from a cross-section of Philippine cities by Tristan Canare
  • The erosion of the political dominance of an entrenched political clan: the case of the Felix political clan of Cainta, Rizal by Raymund John P. Rosuelo
  • “The greatest workers of the world” : Philippine labor out-migration and the politics of labeling in Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidential rhetoric by Oscar Tantoco Serquiña Jr

Year-end Country Report

  • The Philippines in 2015: the calm before the political storm by Julio C. Teehankee

Book Reviews

Voir : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpsj20/37/3

 

Khmer Battleground by Aizzat Nordin

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Khmer Battleground by Aizzat Nordin, 17/01/2017, Invisible Photographer Asia

Aizzat Nordin was a Malaysian recipient of the Angkor Photo Travel Grants. Khmer Battleground was made during the 2016 Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Pradal Serey or Kun Khmer is a form of ancient martial arts practiced by the Kingdom of Angkor army since the 9th century to wage war against their main enemy, the Vietnam-based kingdom of Champa, and later Siam, resulting in the domination of what is now known as Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. In an effort to erase this art, many Kun Khmer lok kru (Masters) were targeted by the vicious Khmer Rouge Regime and executed in the 70’s, leaving Cambodian struggling with poverty and socioeconomic growth after the regime era. Today, Kun Khmer fighters fight hard with pride and dignity in the arena or at the pagoda in the rural areas for extra money, hoping that it’s enough to feed their loved ones.

Interview avec Aizzat Nordin et portfolio sur : http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2017/01/17/khmerbattleground-aizzatnordin/

Site d’Aizzat Nordin : http://cargocollective.com/aizzatnordin

Malaisie – Chine : une « précieuse » relation

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David Delfolie, Nathalie Fau et Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux (dir.), Malaisie – Chine : une « précieuse » relation, IRASEC, 2016

A télécharger sur : http://www.irasec.com/ouvrage135

Le cas de la Malaisie est particulièrement révélateur de l’influence politique et économique croissante de la Chine sur l’Asie du Sud-Est. Le rapprochement entre la Malaisie et la Chine, longtemps entravé par des divergences idéologiques, s’est renforcé au cours de cette dernière décennie. Dans un contexte d’intégration régionale de l’Asean sur fond de conflits territoriaux en mer de Chine méridionale, l’examen de leur relation prend ses distances avec l’idée d’une simple manœuvre hégémonique chinoise et révèle une alliance porteuse de nombreux bénéfices réciproques.

Trois spécialistes de la Malaisie – une économiste, une géographe et un sociologue – décryptent ici les multiples facettes de cette « précieuse » relation du point de vue malaisien. Leur enquête montre comment, au cours de la période 2008-2016, cette alliance a été méthodiquement construite sur la base de partenariats déployés dans des secteurs économiques clés et sur des territoires stratégiques. Elle interroge les rapports d’État à État, les dimensions socioculturelles des échanges bilatéraux et les enjeux liés aux gigantesques projets d’aménagement immobiliers et aux investissements industriels. Cette analyse éclaire les logiques du déploiement de l’activité chinoise en Malaisie autant que les efforts du parti conservateur malais pour en tirer bénéfice.

Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia : How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region

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Pál Nyíri et Danielle Tan, Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia : How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region, Irasec et University of Washington Press, 2016, coll. Etudes transnationales

This is the first book to focus explicitly on how China’s rise as a major economic and political actor has affected societies in Southeast Asia. It examines how Chinese investors, workers, tourists, bureaucrats, longtime residents, and adventurers interact throughout Southeast Asia. The contributors use case studies to show the scale of Chinese influence in the region and the ways in which various countries mitigate their unequal relationship with China by negotiating asymmetry, circumventing hegemony, and embracing, resisting, or manipulating the terms dictated by Chinese capital.

Table des matières : http://www.irasec.com/ouvrage134

Divide and rule: the racist roots of Malaysia’s Redshirt movement

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« Divide and rule: the racist roots of Malaysia’s Redshirt movement » by Paul Millar, 03/01/2017, Southeast Asia Globe

With an election looming and the 1MDB scandal still hanging over Najib Razak’s head, the Redshirt movement has proved a useful pawn in silencing dissent.

Ross Tapsell, a lecturer and researcher at Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, said the Redshirt movement had been cynically created to drive a wedge between Malaysian voters.

“The Redshirts and their backers are trying to polarise Malaysian politics further, mostly on ethnic and religious grounds, by claiming the Bersih supporters, or ‘Yellowshirts’, are predominantly opposition voters of Chinese heritage, and the Redshirts are the ‘pro-Malay’ group,” he said.

Rather than allow Bersih’s demands for clean elections to resonate with the public, Tapsell said, the Redshirt movement had redrawn the battle lines into something more closely resembling a tribal brawl – with predictable consequences. “Bersih’s goals and the ethnic background of their supporters are much more diverse than the Redshirts give them credit for, but the effect has been to make these protests [about] free and fair elections to be more of a street ‘battle’ between coloured shirts of political parties – think Thailand,” he said.

According to Gerhard Hoffstaedter, a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Queensland and the author of Modern Muslim Identities: Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia, it is a tactic that has been used to stifle real reform for more than half a century.

“By collapsing important human rights issues and the demand for free elections into the racial politics that have dominated Malaysian politics since independence, the Redshirts aim to discredit universal claims to freedoms and mire their demand in a zero-sum game,” he said. “That game rests on pitting ethnic groups against each other and has proven a potent electoral tool.”

Lire la suite : http://sea-globe.com/malaysia-redshirt-movement/

Vietnam : National treasures go on display

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« National treasures go on display », 05/01/2017, VietNamNet

16 national treasures will be displayed for the first time at the National Museum of Vietnamese History.

The items were recognised as national treasures due to their special cultural and historical value following an appraisal report of the National Council for Cultural Heritage.

The exhibits include a Ngoc Lu bronze drum related to the Dong Son culture dating back up to 2,500 years ago. It is the most beautiful and intact drum of its type yet discovered and was recognised as a national treasure in 2012.

Other exhibited items include a Dao Thinh bronze jar from the Dong Son culture that dates back 2,500 years, a Dong Son statue depicting two men playing pan pipes dating to around 700 BC, and a large Dong Son bronze lamp in the form of a kneeling person, dating back to around 200 AD.

A Viet Khe boat tomb, a bell from Van Ban Pagoda, an 11th century Le Dynasty stele from Nam Giao Temple and a bronze royal stamp from the 12th century Tran Dynasty are also on display.

Other national treasures include the Prison Diary, a 1927 book entitled Revolutionary Road by Ho Chi Minh, and the handwritten draft of President Ho Chi Minh’s appeal to the nation for a resistance war written in late 1946.

The exhibition will run until May.

Voir : http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/170710/national-treasures-go-on-display.html

Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia

Exhibition : « Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia », 7 March – 4 June 2017, Asia Society, New York

This exhibition brings the precious contents of a shipwreck discovered off Belitung Island in the Java Sea to American audiences for the first time. The remarkable cargo of spice-filled jars and all together more than 60,000 ceramics produced in China during the Tang dynasty (618–907), plus luxury items of gold and silver, was bound for Iran and Iraq. Selected objects illustrate the story of the active exchange of goods, ideas, and culture in Asia more than one thousand years ago. The exhibition will bring to light how this discovery—one of the most important archaeological revelations of the twentieth century—has changed the way we understand ninth-century Asia.

Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Trade in Early Asia is jointly organized with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. Objects are from the Khoo Teck Puat Gallery, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. The Tang Shipwreck Collection was made possible by the generous donation of the Estate of Khoo Teck Puat in honor of the Late Khoo Teck Puat.

Voir un échantillon des objets exposés : http://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/secrets-sea-tang-shipwreck-and-early-trade-asia#!artworks

 

 

Call for Papers : The Palimpsestic Past and Present of Southeast Asia: Rewriting Lives Beyond Boundaries

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Call for Papers : The Palimpsestic Past and Present of Southeast Asia: Rewriting Lives Beyond Boundaries, 24-25 March 2017, Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington-Seattle

Abstract submission deadline : 13 February 2017

The Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington-Seattle is pleased to announce its Graduate Student Conference, which will be held at the Southeast Asia Center (directed by Professor Celia Lowe) on the UW campus in Seattle, Washington, on March 24-25, 2017. In order to commemorate the contribution of Professor Benedict R. O’G. Anderson (1936-2015) to the field of Southeast Asian studies and facilitate constructive engagement with his intellectual legacies, the theme of this conference will be “The Palimpsestic Past and Present of Southeast Asia: Rewriting Lives Beyond Boundaries…”

This conference hopes for scholars to engage with these intellectual legacies and habits of thought, and papers that are thematically congruent with Professor Anderson’s ideas are most welcome. We also encourage students in various disciplines and fields of study to submit their papers: political science, history, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies, art history, film and visual studies, ethnomusicology, sociology, geography, architecture and urban studies, etc.

Lire la suite sur : https://jsis.washington.edu/seac/

Obieg, no. 2 (2016) : Parallel contemporaries : the art of Southeast Asia

Obieg, no. 2 (2016) : Special Issue :  Parallel contemporaries : The art of Southeast Asia

Editor : Krzysztof Gutfranski

Obieg is a bilingual Polish-English online quarterly that deals with the humanities.

A lire sur : http://obieg.u-jazdowski.pl/en/azja

Table of content

  • Parallel Contemporaries: The Art of Southeast Asia by Krzysztof Gutfranski
  • The Distances of Our Time: Reflections on Art Criticism and Southeast Asia by Lee Weng Choy
  • Rethinking Curatorial Colonialism by Simon Soon
  • Public Play: Audience Involvement and the Decoding of Concept in Socially-engaged Southeast Asian Contemporary Art by Iola Lenzi
  • Affective Labor and the Philippine Body by Patrick D. Flores
  • Defining the Thai Territory through Monuments: The Counter-insurgency in the Highlands Border by Thanavi Chotpradit
  • Playing with National Politics: Vietnamese Artists’ Visions of War by Nora Taylor
  • The Chorus of Idle Footsteps by Ron Hanson
  • Currencies of the Contemporary: Biennials and the International in Southeast Asia by David Teh
  • Comparative Contemporaries by Lee Weng-Choy, Sue Acret, Patrick D Flores, Ho Tzu-Nyen, Ly Daravuth, Keiko Sei