Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

Rethinking Filipinos’ social media use in the electoral process

The Asia-Pacific recently saw several countries in the region hold elections just days apart. Last month Australia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, all displayed their respective versions of electoral democracy. There were clear differences, but one commonality is social media having a big role in the entire election process, from campaigning to the casting of …

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The Nguyen Weather-world – ASAA thesis prize winner

Dr Kathryn Dyt was awarded the 2018 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, The Nguyen Weather-world: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam, is …

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Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity

This post is based on the author’s recent book published with NUS press. Marina Bay Sands (MBS), one of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts (read: casino), is probably the most recognisable building in and outside of Singapore today. During an open-house session I attended in 2017, a spokesperson of the company boasted that “anyone who ‘googled’ …

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Help! What would Gus have done?

They’re idealists working out of the center of Javanese arts, culture and education. They want to promote harmony, but are bumping into difficulties with the acceptance philosophy of their guru. The fourth President of Indonesia, the late Abdurrahman Wahid, was better known as Gus Dur. So his followers have dubbed themselves Gusdurians. Asian Currents teased …

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A Brief Glimpse at Norodom Sihanouk’s and U Nu’s (Non) Cooperation with Former Enemies

2 March 1962 and 18 March 1970 are important dates in Burma’s and Cambodia’s political history respectively. On 2 March 1962 General Ne Win, in a military coup, overthrew the democratically elected government of U Nu and the rest as they say is ‘history’. General Ne Win’s coup has (in a certain sense) been celebrated …

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Countering violent extremism in Indonesia – ASAA prize winner

Dr Ian Chalmers was awarded the 2017 Wang Gungwu Prize for the best article in Asian Studies Review. You can read the full article for free, and here he gives us an inside account of his research. Please tell us a little about your research and this article. What is the problem that it explores …

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