SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34/1 (March 2019)

SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34/1 (March 2019)
Su-Ann Oh, editor
Date of publication:  March 2019
Publisher:  ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Number of pages:  229
Code:  SJ34/1


  • SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34/1 (March 2019)
    [Whole Publication, ISSN: 17932858]
  • Preliminary pages
  • Prince Abhakara’s Experiences with Britain’s Royal Navy: Education, Geopolitical Rivalries and the Role of a Cretan Adventure in Apotheosis, by Richard A Ruth, author
    Many Thai people today revere Prince Abhakara — a son of King Chulalongkorn and a half-brother of King Vajiravudh — for modernizing the Royal Thai Navy and for his reported feats as a healer and practitioner of <i>saiwet</i> or occultism. They celebrate his remarkable life story, including his time studying naval sciences while a midshipman in Britain’s Royal Navy in the 1890s. One outstanding episode from this phase of his life describes his exposure to warfare on the island of Crete in 1898. An apocryphal tale of his survival among war dead now stands in stories about him as the starting point of his two main incarnations, as warrior and as mystic. Similarly, the initial appearance of this fantastic episode in 1974 marked a pivotal time for the Royal Thai Navy.
  • The First Vietnamese in America, by Charles Keith, author
    The first Vietnamese in America travelled there during the interwar era. Though few in numbers, they ranged from wealthy tourists on globetrotting adventures to poor labourers pushed to the United States by the vagaries of the world economy. Allowing their experiences of the United States to speak for themselves suggests that the broader question of America in Vietnamese culture and consciousness during the late colonial era might benefit from a more explicitly “Vietnamcentric” approach to conceptualizing early Vietnamese-American encounters. In other words, their histories are more than avatars of the war to come.
  • “Moving in an Endless Single Line”: Memory, Exile and History in Cam Diaspora’s Narrative Poems, by Nicolas Weber, author
    Cam diaspora history in Southeast Asia spans over ten centuries. The earliest records of Cam migrations date back to the tenth century. However, Cam sources documenting Cam perspectives on their exilic experience remain largely unknown. This paper proposes to examine a set of late eighteenth and nineteenth century Cam narrative poems from Cambodia and southwestern Vietnam that provide a unique point of entry into the Cam exiles’ history. In addition, the contribution of these narratives lies in their providing a window into the experience of exile and displacement, as well as Cam identity, memory and history.
  • The Siamese “Modern Girl” and Women’s Consumer Culture, 1925–35, by Natanaree Posrithong, author
    This article studies the emergence of the Modern Girl as an icon of consumerism and global femininity in print media in 1920s Siam, a phenomenon that has been overlooked in contemporary Thai studies. As the print media industry gained success among the literate middle-classes of urban Bangkok, the <i>sao samai</i> (the Siamese Modern Girl) — who had a shared identity with Modern Girls around the world — made her first appearance among popular audiences. She expressed herself through her appearance: bobbed hair, exaggerated make-up and modern clothing. She was open about her sexual desires and represented Siamese urban modern femininity. In the women’s print media industry, <i>Satri thai </i>and <i>Netnari</i> stood out as the most vocal women’s magazines of the decade. Using these magazines as source material, this article provides insights into Siamese women’s consumer culture of this period and their calls for women’s liberation.
  • The Ancient City of Mokti in the Tenth to Thirteenth Century CE Bagan Period, by Elizabeth Moore, Soe Thainkha, authors
    The history of Mokti during the tenth to thirteenth century CE is generally framed by two votive tablets inscribed by officials of the Bagan King Kyanzittha. This article documents additional evidence from Mokti to put the site in the context of other polities in Lower Myanmar, rather than consigning it to a provincial garrison that merited the sending of governors from the distant court. Terracotta votive tablets and stone and bronze objects include Buddhist and Brahmanic styles that reflect local and regional interchange. When understood in relation to the neighbouring polities of Wei Di, Thaton and Tanintharyi, rather than the distant capital at Bagan, Mokti exemplifies the localization of the many sites in Myanmar dating to this period. Taken in aggregate at sites throughout Myanmar, Mokti highlights a variability that is lost when places with objects or structures dating to the Bagan period are homogenized into outposts rather than taken on their own terms and within local networks.
  • SOJOURN Symposium
  • On Chua Beng Huat’s Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore, by Garry Rodan, John R Clammer, Chua Beng Huat , authors
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Appropriation of Religion in Southeast Asia and Beyond, edited by Michel Picard, by Kirsten W Endres, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Southeast Asia’s Cold War: An Interpretive History, by Ang Cheng Guan, by Richard Stubbs, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Planting Empire, Cultivating Subjects: British Malaya, 1786–1941, by Lynn Hollen Lees, by Geoffrey Kevin Pakiam, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market, by Anju Mary Paul, by Maria Cecilia Hwang, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Mirroring Power: Ethnogenesis and Integration among the Phunoy of Northern Laos, by Vanina Bouté, by Oliver Tappe, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Ayutthaya nai yan krungthep: silpakam thi samphan kap maenam lam khlong [Ayutthaya in the Bangkok Area: Art in Relation to Rivers and Canals], by Praphatsot Chuwichian, by Edward Van Roy, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: First Queer Voices from Thailand: Uncle Go’s Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians, and Kathoeys, by Peter A. Jackson, by Aaron K.H. Ho, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: The M Quotient: From Muar to Singapore: Extraordinary Stories of Resilience, Drive and Love, by Lilian Low, by Linda Low, author

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