When people write about the history of Southeast Asian Studies (or the history of scholarship on Southeast Asian history), they often state that there were biases in the work of colonial-era scholars (Euro-centric, paternalistic, etc.), but similar characterizations are not … Continue reading Baby Boomer Politics and Southeast Asian History/Studies
In this video, Professor Victor T. King of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam continues his discussion with Professor Ooi Keat Gin, an historian in the School of Humanities at Universiti Sains Malaysia. They begin by talking … Continue reading Ooi Keat Gin, An Historical Encyclopedia of Southeast Asia, & the State of Southeast Asian Studies
I recently had a talk about China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Bruno Jetin, an economist and the director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. We talked first about Bruno’s academic background and his appreciation for … Continue reading China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Southeast Asia
In this final video in this three-part conversation, we talk about Area Studies in the current age of the global dominance of English. Continue reading Area Studies in a Monolingual (English) World
This video continues the conversation started in the previous post about Southeast Asian Studies. We start by talking about the article “Can There Be Southeast Asians in Southeast Asian Studies?” by Ariel Heryanto and then move on to talk about Orientalism, Decolonization, Baby Boomer Politics and Sympathetic Essentialism.
I’ve been sick recently, but I have a lot of ideas in my head and so I decided to record a video about them.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the field of Southeast Asian Studies, and how it fits (or doesn’t) in the world today. In the process, I came across some articles in Vietnamese online papers about a recent conference on Southeast Asian Studies in Vietnam that was recently held at Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU).
These days there are many universities in Asia that devote incredible amounts of energy towards improving the ranking of their respective university in world ranking systems. The QS World University Ranking is particularly influential, and its annual announcement of the … Continue reading Imagine If We Let Google Rank Universities. . .
Here is the second part of a conversation with Victor. T. King about tourism and heritage and tourism in Southeast Asia. Victor T. King is Professor of Borneo Studies at The Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam … Continue reading Victor T. King on Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia (Part 2)
I recently had a talk with Professor Victor T. King about tourism and heritage in Southeast Asia. Victor T. King is Professor of Borneo Studies at The Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is trained as a cultural … Continue reading Victor T. King on Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia
I’ve spent my entire adult life on islands – 6 years on Taiwan and 23 years on Oahu (Hawaii) – and all of the professional knowledge that I have today was learned on those islands.
When I arrived on Taiwan in the summer of 1989, I only knew one word in Chinese – xiexie, “thank you” – and basically did not know anything about the history of any Asian society.
I’ve learned a lot since then, and I’ve also seen so much change since then.