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Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence

Edwin Jürriens, Ross Tapsell (eds), Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 2017

This book places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of « disruptive » digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups — the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities  — are disadvantaged. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more. It presents groundbreaking analysis of the impact of digitalisation in one of the worlds most diverse, geographically vast nations. In weighing arguments about the opportunities and challenges presented by digitalisation, it puts the very idea of a technological revolution into critical perspective.

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Thailand’s 2010 crackdowns: truth for justice

Thailand’s 2010 crackdowns: truth for justice by Kwanravee Wangudom, 20/06/2017, New Mandala

On the 7th anniversary of the 2010 government crackdown on the Red Shirts, People’s Information Center for the April-May 2010 Crackdowns (PIC) has released an English-language edition of its original 1,398-page long fact-finding report, available for free download.

Truth for Justice, the original fact-finding report of the PIC, was published in Thai in 2012two years after the crackdown on the Red Shirts by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, which resulted in over 90 deaths and 2,000 injuries. The report came out amidst growing criticisms towards the workings of the two major fact-finding bodies: the government-initiated Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT), headed by Kanit Na Nakorn; and the controversial National Human Rights Commission, chaired by Amara Pongsapich.

The aim of the PIC original fact-finding report is to document what occurred in the crackdown. PIC believes that this is the first step to ending the deeply-entrenched culture of impunity in Thailand.

The English-language edition, consisting of six selected chapters from the original report, with added clarifications, is produced in the hope that it will stimulate a wider global discussion on truth, justice and reconciliation in the deeply-divided Thai society, and perhaps elsewhere.

To access the PIC original fact-finding report (in Thai), click here.

For the English-language edition, please follow this link.

Kwanravee Wangudom is a human rights professional and activist. She is the Editor of the English translation of the report.

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Living sharia : law and practice in Malaysia

Timothy P. Daniels, Living sharia : law and practice in Malaysia, University of Washington Press, december 2017

Drawing on ethnographic research, Living Sharia examines the role of sharia in the sociopolitical processes of contemporary Malaysia. The book traces the contested implementation of Islamic family and criminal laws and sharia economics to provide cultural frameworks for understanding sharia among Muslims and non-Muslims. Timothy Daniels explores how the way people think about sharia is often entangled with notions about race, gender equality, nationhood, liberal pluralism, citizenship, and universal human rights. He reveals that Malaysians’ ideas about sharia are not isolated from-nor always opposed to-liberal pluralism and secularism.

Timothy P. Daniels is professor of anthropology at Hofstra University. He is the author of Islamic Spectrum in Java and Building Cultural Nationalism in Malaysia, and editor of Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia.

ASEAN : 50 ans d’une expérience singulière

Politique étrangère, vol. 82, été 2017 : ASEAN : 50 ans d’une expérience singulière

En cinquante années d’existence, l’Association des nations du Sud-Est asiatique (ASEAN) a défini une approche complexe, progressive, équilibrée, de l’intégration régionale. Loin des affirmations spectaculaires de la construction européenne, elle articule les stratégies économiques et politiques d’États très divers avant tout soucieux de leurs propres souverainetés.

La « voie asiatique » s’affirme ainsi très particulière, sans nul doute efficace. Mais suffira-t-elle face aux reclassements imposés par la montée en puissance du géant chinois ?

Dossier : ASEAN : 50 ans d’une expérience singulière

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Pinle (Maingmaw): Research at an Ancient Pyu City, Myanmar

Archeology Report Series : Pinle (Maingmaw): Research at an  Ancient Pyu City, Myanmar by Myo Nyunt and  Kyaw Myo Win, Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute

The walled Pinle (Maingmaw) occupies a special place in the early urbanisation of Myanmar with this collaborative publication being the first solely focused on the site. It follows the NSC Archaeology Unit Report on Beikthano (Thein Lwin 2016). The present publication is an edited translation of two excavation reports of Pinle with editors’ comments adding background to the documentation of the unearthing of a brick structure and gate as well as exploration of potential sites in the surrounding region. Pinle was one of the network of independent Pyu polities in the first millennium CE, larger than Halin, one of the Pyu Ancient Cities. The importance of the Pinle region continued through the 9th to 13th centuries CE Bagan period. A significant multi-lingual inscription of the late 11th century was unearthed in Myittha, 14 km to the north and a contemporaneous walled rice fort is located south of Pinle. These details underline the fertility and strategic location of Pinle, vital in understanding the prosperity of Pyu cities of the first millennium CE and the formation of the first Myanmar state at Bagan.

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Mapping the Maps – a guest post from Natasha Pairaudeau

Mapping the Maps – a guest post from Natasha Pairaudeau, 18/04/2017, Cambridge University Library Special Collections Blog

Imagine maps as big as bedsheets, and then imagine the sheets big enough for beds made wide enough to sleep extended families. Only such a double stretch of the imagination can provide the scale of the three Burmese maps in the University Library’s collection, which have recently been made available online in digital format.

From bedsheet to map is not a great leap: all three maps are inked or painted on to generous lengths of cloth. Yet they do not depict lines on a map as the eye in the 21st century is accustomed to seeing them. The most colourful of the three maps, the map of the Maingnyaung region [Maps.Ms.Plans.R.c.1 ; see also above for an extract from this map] is the one which forces the most abrupt lurch, down from that comfortable view on high of modern mapping convention.  Instead, the viewer is positioned near ground level, and invited here to view a stupa, there a crocodile down in the river, away in the distance a noble line of hills. Trees are no mere generic features. While the perspective is mostly from the ground, it co-exists with other even less familiar conventions. Pagodas and stupas either loom large or sit very small, their size and their sanctity apparently intermeshed. Towns and villages, rivers and streams are the sole features which come close to appearing from a bird’s eye view. Yet the neat tracings of brickwork, and of waves on the water’s surface, suggest they may be meant to convey not the lay of the land from the air but other rules of belonging, of enclosure or of flow.

The other two maps, the map of the Royal Lands [Maps.Ms.Plans.R.c.3] and map of Sa-lay township [Maps.Ms.Plans.R.c.2], are less colourful than the first, but in some respects even more intriguing. Like the Maingnyaung map, they take many of their bearings from ground level. Manmade landmarks use scales which vary, apparently,  according to their importance rather than their physical size. With vegetation, there is an insistence on specifics. Yet both maps feature grids traced carefully and evenly across the entire surface. These maps present two worlds at once. There are vistas to be contemplated and meaningful features to be explored in the landscape. But there is also a view from on high, where trees were counted and areas under crop were calculated, and probably, somewhere off the surface of the map, converted into tax exactions.

These maps have already received a share of attention. Allegra Giovine (a doctoral student in the History of Science who studies the production of economic knowledge in colonial Burma) helped to translate notes on the Maingnyaung map from Burmese. The Cambridge maps formed the core of a survey of indigenous Burmese maps in UK collections by Professor Tin Naing Win, the inaugural Charles Wallace Burma Trust Fellow (2015) at the Cambridge Centre of South Asian Studies. They sparked the interest of Marie de Rugy in her recent thesis (Paris 1 – Sorbonne) on Maps and the Making of Imperial Territories in the Northern Indochinese Peninsula. François Tainturier of the Inya Institute continues to study these maps and to re-assess their role in pre-colonial Upper Burma. Much remains nonetheless to be learned about these maps, by those equipped to read the Burmese script which annotates them, and to interpret the wider context of their production and the modes of representation they employ.

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Podcast : Talking Indonesia: online feminism

Podcast : Talking Indonesia: online feminism by Devi Asmarani, 08/06/2017, Indonesia at Melbourne

In Talking Indonesia this week, we continue our recent conversation on the state of women’s activism amid growing religious conservatism, and explore the ways in which issues important to women, including sexuality and religion, are being shared and communicated beyond the conventional media. What is the state of the mediascape in Indonesia today? How has digital media created spaces for a diversity of views written by and for Indonesians? What does an Indonesian ‘feminist’ publication look like?

Host Dr Jemma Purdey spoke to Devi Asmarani, chief editor of online magazine Magdalene, which publishes under the tagline “a slanted guide to women’s issues” and also calls itself a feminist publication. Magdalene publishes in both English and Indonesian and has a growing readership in and outside of Indonesia.

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The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol. 18, n° 3, June 2017

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol. 18, n° 3, June 2017

A signaler :

Farmers and Pawns: The Role of Migrants in Agrarian Conflicts and Rural Resistance in Sumatra, Indonesia by Stefanie Steinebach

Not Always ‘Left-Behind’: Indonesian Adolescent Women Negotiating Transnational Mobility, Filial Piety and Care by Carol Chan

Book reviews

Volker Gottowik (ed.), Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia: Magic and Modernity by Jeremy Kingsley

Minh T. N. Nguyen, Vietnam’s Socialist Servants: Domesticity, Class, Gender and Identity by Ashley Carruthers

Donald M. Nonini, ‘Getting By’: Class and State Formation among Chinese in Malaysia by Patrick Guinness

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Anthropological Forum, vol. 27, n° 2, June 2017

Anthropological Forum, vol. 27, n° 2, June 2017

A signaler :

  • Local vs. Trans-regional Perspectives on Southeast Asian ‘Indianness’ by Frederic Pain

Book reviews

  • Isabell Herrmans, Ritual Retellings: Luangan Healing Performances Through Practice by Anne Schiller
  • Nils Bubandt, The Empty Seashell: Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island by Patricia Spyer

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Wacana, vol. 18, n° 2 (2017) : Chinese Indonesians in historical perspective II

Wacana, vol. 18, n° 2 (2017) : Chinese Indonesians in historical perspective II

Table of contents


  • The Chinese-Indonesian collections in the National Museum of World Cultures, the Netherlands by Francine Brinkgreve, Johanna Leijfeldt
  • Chinese photographers and their clientele in the Netherlands Indies, 1890-1940 by Liesbeth Ouwehand
  • Chinese correspondence in Dutch East Indies (1865-1949) by Tjong Han Siem
  • The Kai Ba Lidai Shiji 开吧历代史记: An autonomous history of the Chinese community of Batavia/ Jakarta in the VOC period by Leonard Blussé
  • Sajarah Cina: A nineteenth-century apology in Javanese by Willem van der Molen
  • Bangsawan prampoewan: Enlightened Peranakan Chinese women from early twentieth century Java by Didi Kwartanada
  • Dr Oen Boen Ing:  Patriot doctor, social activist, and doctor of the poor by Ravando Lie
  • Culture, power and identity: The case of Ang Hien Hoo, Malang by Melani Budianta
  • Chinese taukeh, labourer, and state control: Case study of panglong in eastern region of Sumatra (1890-1930) by Erwiza Erman
  • An early story of Kho Ping Hoo by C. W. Watson
  • Pecinan as an inspiration: The contribution of Chinese Indonesian architecture to an urban environment by Wiwi Tjiook

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Wacana, vol. 18, n° 1 (2017) : Chinese Indonesians in historical perspective I

Wacana, vol. 18, n° 1 (2017) : Chinese Indonesians in historical perspective I

Table of Contents


  • The Chinese from Indonesia in the Netherlands and their heritage: Chinese Indonesian Heritage Center (CIHC) by Patricia Tjiook Liem
  • Long way home: The life history of Chinese-Indonesian migrants in the Netherlands by Yumi Kitamura
  • Indonesian Chinese in the Netherlands and the legacies of violence in colonial and post-colonial Indonesia by Alexander van der Meer, Martijn Eickhoff
  • Between ideology and experience: Siauw Giok Tjhan’s legacy to his daughter Siauw May Lie by Maya H.T. Liem, Ing Lwan Taga-Tan
  • Violent, political, and administrative repression of the Chinese minority in Indonesia, 1945-1998 by Mary Somers Heidhues
  • Chinese Indonesians after May 1998: How they fit in the big picture by Dewi Anggraeni
  • The strategic adaptation of Chinese-Manadonese in the Reform Era by Adrianus L.G. Waworuntu, Zeffry Alkatiri, Fuad Gani
  • Confucius Institute at Universitas Al Azhar, Jakarta: The unseen power of China by Thung Ju Lan
  • Moral is political: Notions of ideal citizenship in Lie Kim Hok’s Hikajat Khonghoetjoe by Evi Sutrisno
  • Chinese officers in Cirebon by Steve Haryono
  • The house of Kwee Sik Poo: An Indonesian-Chinese merchant from Pasuruan by Kwee Hong Sien

PhD Thesis Summaries

  • Chinese society as depicted in early twentieth century Chinese-Malay literature by Dwi Susanto

Book reviews

  • Book review; Petualangan Unjung dan Mbui Kuvong: Sastra lisan dan kamus Punan Tuvu’ dari Kalimantan by Bernard Sellato
  • Book review; Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East by C.W. Watson
  • Book review; Tesamoko: Tesaurus Bahasa Indonesia by Hein Steinhauer

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Review: Beyond decent work

A factory visited by the ILO during ‘Better Work Indonesia’, one of the two major campaigns analysed in Hauf’s book. (ILO Asia-Pacific)

Review: Beyond decent work by Antje Missbach, 02/06/2017, Inside Indonesia

A new book examines Indonesian labour struggles through the lens of international political economy theory

Indonesian wages continue to be among the lowest in the region. The term ‘decent work’ is generally defined as fair globalisation and poverty reduction through the promotion of competitiveness. This is achieved by improving compliance with existing labour regulations. But more radical unions in Indonesia have decided not to be part of ‘decent work’ schemes at all.  In his book Beyond decent work: The cultural political economy of labour struggles in Indonesia, Felix Hauf argues that it remains questionable whether low-cost production can ever be compatible with ethical labour standards given that the Indonesian minimum wage (which is not even paid by many employers) is seldom above subsidence levels.

In order to evaluate the impacts of ‘decent work’ schemes in Indonesia, Hauf examines three case studies in the garment and textile industries, which are among the most globalised sectors in Indonesia. Before revealing his findings Hauf offers a detailed examination of his theoretical framing, cultural political economy, and his methodological approach, referred to as critical grounded theory. He engages with the prominent writers of post-Marxist thought, such as Gramsci and Poulantzas and the usual big names from French poststructuralist philosophy. The works of Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum, who have thoughtfully dissected the flaws of late capitalism and neoliberal globalisation, are Hauf’s key references.

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Pacific Affairs, vol. 90, n° 2, June 2017

Pacific Affairs, vol. 90, n° 2, june 2017

A signaler :

  • Participatory Inequality in the Online and Offline Political Engagement in Thailand by Aim Sinpeng (The University of Sydney)
  • Concrete Memories and Sensory Pasts: Everyday Heritage and the Politics of Nationhood by Kelvin E.Y. Low (National University of Singapore)
  • Review essay : Disputed Waters, Contested Norms: Framing Discourses on the South China Sea Disputes by Jiye Kim (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

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Journal of Vietnamese Studies, vol. 12, n° 2, Spring 2017

Journal of Vietnamese Studies, vol. 12, n° 2, Spring 2017  

Special Issue on Globalizing Vietnamese Religions

Table of contents


  • Globalizing Vietnamese Religion by Janet Alison Hoskins, Thien-Huong T. Ninh

Research Articles

  • A Reappraisal of Vietnamese Buddhism’s Status as “Ethnic” by Alexander Soucy
  • Global Chain of Marianism : Diasporic Formation among Vietnamese Catholics in the United States and Cambodia by Thien-Huong T. Ninh
  • Quán Thế Âm of the Transpacific by Allison Truitt
  • Sacralizing the Diaspora : Cosmopolitan and Originalist Indigenous Religions by Janet Alison Hoskins

Book Reviews

  • François Guillemot and Agathe Larcher-Goscha, eds, La Colonisation des corps: De L’Indochine au Viet Nam by Judith Henchy
  • Solène Granier, Domestiques Indochinois by Christina Firpo
  • Sophia Suk-Mun Law, The Invisible Citizens of Hong Kong: Art and Stories of Vietnamese Boatpeople by Jana Lipman
  • Mai Na M. Lee, Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom: The Quest for Legitimation in French Indochina, 1850–1960 by Christian C. Lenz

33 Burmese manuscripts now digitised at the British Library

33 Burmese manuscripts now digitised by San San May, 24/05/2017, Asian and African Studies Blog (British Library)

The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is particularly strong in historical, legal and grammatical texts, and in illustrated material. In particular, there are many folding books with illustrations of the Life of the Buddha, Jataka stories, court scenes and other subjects.

Since 2013 the British Library has digitised some of the finest Burmese manuscripts in its collection, supported by the Henry D. Ginsburg Legacy. To date 33 manuscripts have been fully digitised, covering a wide range of genres and subjects.  All these manuscripts are now accessible through the Digitised Manuscripts website. A new webpage, Digital Access to Burmese Manuscripts, also lists all the Burmese manuscripts digitised so far, with hyperlinks to the images and to blog posts featuring the manuscripts. Future digitised manuscripts will be also be listed on this page. Shown in this post are a selection of our digitised Burmese manuscripts; clicking on the hyperlinked shelfmarks below the images will take you directly to the digitised versions.

Quick link to: Digital access to Burmese manuscripts

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