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Taming the Wild: Aborigines and Racial Knowledge in Colonial Malaya

Edition: 
AEASUK News 59 (2016)
Number: 
5
Author Information: 
SANDRA KHOR MANICKAM
Publication Information: 
Singapore: NUS Press and Copenhagen: NIAS Press; ASAA Southeast Asian Publication Series Xii + 310pp., ISBN: 978-87-7694-162-8, £19.99 (pb)
Reviewed by: 
Victor T. King Leeds University and SOAS

This book has emerged from doctoral research undertaken at the Australian National University entitled ‘Taming Race: The Construction of Aborigines in Colonial Malaya, 1783-1937’ (2011). Revisions and editing of the thesis were undertaken whilst the author was at the National University of Singapore, then the Goethe University of Frankfurt Am Main and most recently at Nanyang Technological University.

Indian and Chinese immigrant communities

Edition: 
AEASUK News 59 (2016)
Number: 
4
Author Information: 
JAYATI BHATTACHARYA and COONOOR KRIPALANI (eds)
Publication Information: 
London; New York: Anthem Press; ISEAS Publishing, 2015 xxii + 306 pp., hp ISBN 9781783083626, US$ 99.00
Reviewed by: 
Sin Yee Koh Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Indian and Chinese people have been migrating for centuries. Through the ages, their migration flows have encompassed trade migration, large scale indentured labour migration (especially during the colonial period), refugee migration, voluntary labour migration of all skill levels, marriage migration, student migration, and others. As a result of the cumulative migration flows, there are now established and new Indian and Chinese diasporic communities scattered across the globe. The size of the overseas Chinese and Indian communities are currently estimated to be 40 million (p.

Performing Contemporary Indonesia. Celebrating Identity, Constructing Community.

Edition: 
AEASUK News 59 (2016)
Number: 
3
Author Information: 
BARBARA HATLEY and BRETT HOUGH (eds.)
Publication Information: 
Leiden: Brill, 2015. Xv + 265 pp. ISBN: 978-90-04-28241-4, US$ 134.00
Reviewed by: 
Laura Noszlopy, Royal Holloway, University of London

Performing Contemporary Indonesia is a very useful collaborative volume that provides a detailed snapshot of current trends in Indonesia’s performing arts scene. One of the key strengths of the volume is the mixture of practitioner, academic and hybrid perspectives offered by the contributors. Based on papers given during a workshop titled Cultural Performance in Post New Order Indonesia: New Structures, Scenes, Meanings in Yogyakarta in 2010, which focused on live performance and on creative interactions between practitioners and researchers.

Sites, Bodies and Stories: Imagining Indonesian History

Edition: 
AEASUK News 59 (2016)
Number: 
2
Author Information: 
SUSAN LEGÊNE, BAMBANG PURWANTO & HENK SCHULTE NORDHOLT (EDS.)
Publication Information: 
Singapore: NUS Press, 2015 Xii + 245pp.,ISBN: 978 9971 69 857 7, US$38.00 (pb)
Reviewed by: 
Keiko Miura Waseda University, Tokyo

With an intriguing, but suggestive cover photo of a colonial military band without bodies, but with drums and weapons, this book invites readers into Indonesian history as imagined from a variety of perspectives and also covers heritage studies. ‘Imagining Indonesian history’ suggests the conceptual adoption of Benedict Anderson’s ‘Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism’, in ‘which the nation came to be imagined, and once imagined, modelled, adapted and transformed’ by patriotic elites (Anderson 1991: 141).

Islamic Post-Traditionalism in Indonesia.

Edition: 
AEASUK News 59 (2016)
Number: 
1
Author Information: 
Rumadi
Publication Information: 
Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2015 308 pp, ISBN 9789814620420, US$29.90
Reviewed by: 
Al Khanif Faculty of Law, The University of Jember, Indonesia

Islamic Post-Traditionalism in Indonesia by Rumadi in five chapters examines a wide range of theological, legal and political issues in the growing trend of intellectualism within Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). The first chapter explains terms related to the discussion of Islamic post-traditionalism. Chapter two discusses the history of intellectualism not only within NU as the main theme of this book but also intellectualism within Islam in Indonesia and how the tension occurred among Islamic groups - especially between puritans and traditionalists.

2016 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT ARI, National University of Singapore

The Asia Research Institute at NUS is inviting applications for various fellowships 2017/18.

Conservation and Development in Cambodia: Exploring Frontiers of Change in Nature, State and Society

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
7
Author Information: 
SARAH MILNE and SANGO MAHANTY (eds.)
Publication Information: 
(Earthscan Conservation and Development) Routledge, 2015 xx-292 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-70680-3 hbk $145.00
Reviewed by: 
Neil Loughlin, SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies

This book provides a comprehensive and multifaceted account of Cambodia’s experience of development, exploring the linkages and dynamics between development and conservation in terms of the relationships Cambodians have with nature and society.

Contemporary Islamic Law in Indonesia: Sharia and Legal Pluralism

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
6
Author Information: 
ARKSAL SALIM
Publication Information: 
Edinburgh University Press 2015 232 pp., ISBN: 9780748693337hbk £70.00
Reviewed by: 
Al Khanif, Faculty of Law, Jember University, Indonesia

This book is a version of Arskal Salim’s three-year engagement as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute Germany from 2006 to 2009. It is the continuation of previous examinations of legal pluralism in Indonesia (Ratno Lukito’s publication ‘Legal Pluralism in Indonesia’ published in 2013 arguably being one of the best examples). The main difference of the book at hand with the others is that Salim focuses on examining the interaction of Islamic law and other legal orders in Aceh province, which has not been discussed in such detail before.

A Critical Study of Thailand’s Higher Education Reforms: the culture of borrowing

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
5
Author Information: 
RATTANA LAO
Publication Information: 
Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2015 210pp., ISBN 978-1-1138-02268-3 hbk US$160.00
Reviewed by: 
Elisa Brewis, UCL Institute of Education, University of London

This book follows on from Rattana Lao’s doctoral research, which focussed on recent quality policies in the Thai Higher Education sector (Lao 2012). Here, however, Lao analyses the evolution of Thai Higher Education reforms more broadly, spanning an entire century. Although it focuses on the education sector, the book could be described as an exploration of Thailand’s political, economic and cultural relationship with the West. In her own words, it ‘offers the possibility of using the field of education as a site to theorize the logic and structure of the Thai state’ (p. 188).

Tuked Rini, Cosmic Traveller. Life and Legend in the Heart of Borneo

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
4
Author Information: 
MONICA JANOWSKI
Publication Information: 
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Monograph Series, No. 125, Copenhagen; and Sarawak Museum Kuching, 2014 viii +174 pp. Nias Press ISBN 978-87-7694-130-7 and Sarawak Museum ISBN 978-87-7694-130-6. £19.99
Reviewed by: 
Helen Godfrey, Independent Researcher

Written records and the pictorial tradition are key tools of human expression. So too, of course, are oral history or storytelling. In Janowski’s book we are presented with elements of all these, but it is oral history that forms the lynchpin of her work. Tuked Rini, Cosmic Traveller. Life and Legend in the Heart of Borneo, recounts part of a centuries old legend told in the longhouses of the Kelabit highlands of Borneo. Tuked Rini, a powerful, charismatic leader guides his people through his special skills and exemplary lessons.

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