The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond

The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond
Date of publication:  2013
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  468
Code:  BM475
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ISBN: 9789814414586
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"In Western countries, Southeast Asian (SEA) studies has now declined to the point of elimination at many universities. But SEA studies is on the rise in East Asia, as documented in this work. In Chapter 7, author Heryanto describes how the new cultural identities being forged in SE Asia today by the 'waves' of Japanese and Korean television serials, music and films will require a total rethinking of the underlying presuppositions of SEA studies and its 'overall structure and defining framework' (228). With selected examples, Heryanto thoroughly reviews the influence of new technology and media, affecting even one's self-identity. Analyzing themes of personal self-restraint, 'cultural proximity' (241) and lack of overt sexuality or violence, he finds that the unifying factors are a kind of internationalism, and a strengthening of the legitimacy of the new middle class (250). His outline of a future indigenous SEA studies abandons the paradigms of the past, as networks and flows replace the nation-state as the unit of study. For a dedicated student of SE Asia, the book contains jewels of personal details of the esteemed authors and administrators, and the background to famous issues and debates. The copious bibliographies of each chapter are goldmines. But the brightest gem is Heryanto's chapter, which masterfully points to the global future of SEA studies" (Pacific Affairs).

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​"At a time when Southeast Asian Studies is declining in North America and Europe, this book serves to remind us of the fresh, constructive and encouraging view of the field from Asia. On behalf of Taiwan’s Southeast Asian research community, I sincerely congratulate Professors Park and King for making such a great and timely contribution to the making of Southeast Asian Studies in Asia."
—Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Director of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, and former President of Taiwan Association of Southeast Asian Studies

"The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond is an important and long-overdue step in the task of bringing Southeast Asian Studies to where it rightfully belongs - the Asian region. At the same time, it avoids being narrowly regionalistic and instead views Southeast Asia as an 'open system' that transcends 'national units' or 'fixed territorial categories' and welcomes the contributions of both Asian and non-Asian scholars in crafting a fresh post-colonial approach to the study of the region’s societies and peoples."
—Eduardo Climaco Tadem, Professor of Asian Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman

“An insightful and systemic analysis of the intriguing trajectories, evolving themes, and multi-lingual scholarship of Southeast Asian Studies in Asia and beyond, this book serves as an important foundation in setting future research agendas as well as for closer global collaborations in knowledge production in Asian Studies.”
—Liu Hong, Tan Kah Kee Professor and Chair, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


  • The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789814414593]
  • Preliminary pages
  • 1. Introduction: The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies and the Emergence of a Region, by Park Seung Woo, Victor T King, authors
  • 2. Southeast Asian Studies in China: Progress and Problems, by Sa-Myung Park, author
  • 3. Studies of Southeast Asian History in Contemporary Japan: The 1990s and 2000s, by Insun Yu , author
  • 4. The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies in Korea, by Park Seung Woo, author
  • 5. Contentious Development: Southeast Asian Studes in Singapore, by Lee Sang Kook, author
  • 6. The Construction and Institutionalization of Southeast Asian Studies in Vietnam: Focusing on Insiders' Perceptions and Assessment, by Choi Horim, author
  • 7. Popular Culture for a New Southeast Asian Studies?, by Ariel Heryanto, author
  • 8. British Perspectives on Southeast Asia and Continental European Comparisons: The Making of a Region, by Victor T King, author
  • 9. It is Hard to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, But There is Life in It Yet: The Decolonization of Indonesian Studies in the Netherlands, by Freek Colombijn, author
  • 10. A Genealogy of Southeast Asian Studies in Australia: Scholars and Their Works, by James J. Fox, author
  • 11. Southeast Asian Studies in the U.S.: Construction of Traditions of an Autonomous History, Its Limitations, and Future Tasks, by Song Seung-Won, author
  • Index

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