It is coming soon. And who knows about this stuff?
Described by some as genocide, the bloody purge of Indonesian ‘communists’ in 1965-66 is examined in a new documentary
"General Suharto seized power in Indonesia in 1965 and immediately set about banning and demonising the Indonesian Communist Party. Over the next two years, at least 500,000 people with links to the party were killed, laying the groundwork for Suharto’s 32-year dictatorship. Joshua Oppenheimer’s new film, The Act of Killing, includes interviews with many of the men who carried out the purge, and dramatic reconstructions of their crimes. Here, the director discusses his film, the perpetrators and finding humanity where others would not dare to look (…)"
The public will have an opportunity to enjoy the dances performed by artists from Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia … and taste cuisines of Southeast Asian countries at the newly-opened Southeast Asia Museum in Hanoi .
“From December 1, 2013, the Kite Building or the Museum of Southeast Asia, which is located on the campus of the Vietnam Ethnology Museum will open its doors to visitors. There will be plenty of free games and sideline activities for visitors.
According to officials of the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, preparation for the permanent exhibition of “Culture of Southeast Asia” has been completed. The public will have a chance to learn more about the neighboring countries, to explore the similarities and differences between the cultures of Vietnam and the countries in the region.
"The activities to explore the Southeast Asian countries such as folk games, learning about the national flags, the currencies, the greeting styles, cultural heritage … will help young people learn about the country, the people and culture of the ASEAN countries," said a museum official.
Besides exhibits, the museum will continue to develop products and other activities to gradually introduce the culture and life of the countries in the region and in the world to visitors.
On this occasion, the public will have the opportunity to enjoy the dances performed by artists from Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia … and enjoy some cuisines of Southeast Asian countries.”
To my SSEAYP sisters, thank you so much! You two were awesome people, I’m glad I met you guys (: I hope you had fun staying over in my house and going around my country!
To everyone (especially does living in SEA), SSEAYP means “Ship for South-East Asian Youths Program”, it’s organised by the Japanese government and you go on this ship for about 50 days visiting Japan and other South-East Asian countries. It’s open to youths from 18-30y/o.
If you can, please please go for this once in a lifetime experience or sign yourself up to be a home stay family! It’s an extremely rewarding experience and the youths are friendly and pretty adventurous. So don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity sign yourself up for next year’s trip!
By Le Minh Khai (x)
Someone asked me today to suggest some books about the general history of Southeast Asia, and this reminded me of a larger “problem” that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, namely, the question of “what is Southeast Asia”?
It’s well known that the effort to study Southeast Asia “as a region” only really began after World War II, and that it was to a large extent in the English-speaking world that this took place.
Works like O. W. Wolters’ History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives and Anthony Reid’s 2-volume Southeast Asia in the Age of Commercewere major contributions to this effort to define Southeast Asia as a region, and although people challenge individual ideas within these works, they nonetheless continue to serve as “starting points” for many people to understand Southeast Asia.
That is something that bothers me, and let me give an example of why that is the case.
In 1993, O. W. Wolters, who was at that point a major figure in the field of Southeast Asian studies in the US, and who taught at an elite American university (Cornell), gave a talk at a conference of Southeast Asian historians in Jakarta that was later published in the journal Indonesia as “Southeast Asia as a Southeast Asian Field of Study” (the article can be downloaded for free here).
In his speech, Wolters talked about eight “prominent cultural features or patterns associated with the [Southeast Asian] region’s past.” This is what he said:
1) The first feature is that the only time that mattered was “now”…
2) Because “now” was the time that mattered, importance was attached to being up-to-date or “contemporary”
3) The possibility of being “up-to-date” was often linked to and sustained by the sense of being an integral part of the whole of the known “world” rather than merely belonging to one’s own patch of territory.
4) What gave distinctive shape to public life within Southeast Asia itself was a cultural emphasis on “person” and “achievement” rather than on “group” and “hereditary” status.
5) In this achievement-oriented culture, manpower was a leader’s chief economic re- source and was especially necessary for providing a surplus agricultural product to support the Court, public works, military adventures, and overseas trade.
6) Not surprising in this cultural context, leaders were idealized and even venerated as teachers of good behavior, usually conceptualized as good religious behavior.
7) But in spite of the high expectations of kingship, there were no prolonged or, probably, any periods of strong “centralized” government.
8) Because of relaxed governmental institutions, ethnic identities on the edges of the major polities were left undisturbed and often represented by contiguous ecological layers on the physical map. There were no “borders” in the modern sense but only porous peripheries.
The first thing that should be obvious about these eight points is that they are all positive. Whenever academics talk about “their” area of study/research in such a positive light, that is always an immediate sign to me that this academic has left the scholarly world and has entered into another realm, be it that of propagandist, academic prostitute, narcissist, etc. because there is no region of the world where everything is good.
The second thing that should be obvious is that these points are not specific to Southeast Asia. If they are, then where is the place in the world where people do not value being up-to-date?? I think that is a common human trait. It is not specific to any region of the world. So why say that it is?
I think that there are various reasons why someone like O. W. Wolters developed such a positive view of Southeast Asia. However, those reasons had little to do with Southeast Asia itself, and more to do with the politics of the day, whether those were the politics of decolonization in the region or the politics of creating a space for Southeast Asian studies in American universities.
Quality of infrastructure in the Philippines is second to the last in the ASEAN region, according to government think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). PIDS senior research fellow Dr. Adoracion Navarro said during the forum “Financing Infrastructure in the Philippines “ held at PIDS that the only country in ASEAN the Philippines overtook was Vietnam, which placed 119th and ranked as the ASEAN region’s poorest quality in infrastructure. “In the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 of the World Economic Forum, the Philippines is ranked 98th among 144 countries in terms of quality of overall infrastructure.
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Well, hello there. HAHAHAHA. Haven’t posted something really personal in a while!
Buuuuut the recently concluded ASEAN Bridge Championship was… (drumroll)
It was a really awesome five days for me. At first I thought I’d be bored, standing all day and watching all those bridge…
In this video, a Filipino participant of the LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit welcomes other delegates to the summit. Get to know him!
The LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit:
In the hopes of forging a strong youth network across the region, the Ayala Foundation, in partnership with the Embassy of the United States Manila, is hosting the LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit. The summit gathers 150 of the brightest young leaders from across South East Asia from December 3 to 5, 2013 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.
The youth summit, entitled “Link, Engage, Activate, Develop (LEAD) ASEAN Youth Summit,” features interactive panel discussions, exposure trips, cultural exchange activities, and workshops that will enable the youth leaders to craft programs while discovering avenues for collaboration and learning. On the last day, the participants will produce innovative projects that will address local issues confronting their respective countries as well as the region, while building a framework to sustain the youth network in the years to come.
The summit focuses on the subjects of economic development, environment, education and awareness, and human development. We have therefore partnered with revered organizations who are experts in these fields to help us showcase successful models that we hope will guide and inspire the youth to do more in their respective communities.
The summit is hosting 150 delegates for the duration of the summit. There will be 10 delegates per ASEAN country and 60 from the Philippines. All delegates have been chosen by Ayala Foundation and the U.S. Embassies across ASEAN and are either alumni from U.S. Embassy Youth Programs or Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC).