Southeast Asian Studies, Orientalism, Decolonization, Baby Boomer Politics & Sympathetic Essentialism

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.

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ASEAN Studies and Southeast Asian Studies – Morning Meditations

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).

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What the Internet Can Tell us about the Field of Asian Studies

Anyone who has visited my flash blog about the need to transform Asian Studies for the digital age (Content Asian Studies) or who has read my piece in the Mekong Review on the decline of Asian Studies knows that I think a lot about the changes that are taking place in the world today (the rise of the Internet, the decline of the Humanities, etc.) and how those changes affect those of us who work in the field of Asian Studies.

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A Conversation about Researching Gender and Sexuality with Dr. Khuất Thu Hồng, ISDS (Phần 1)

Last summer, in preparation for the 10th Engaging With Vietnam conference, we had a conversation with Dr. Khuất Thu Hồng, founder and director of the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS, Viện Nghiên cứu phát triển xã hội) in Hanoi. … Continue reading A Conversation about Researching Gender and Sexuality with Dr. Khuất Thu Hồng, ISDS (Phần 1)

The Rise of (Historical Scholarship on Vietnam in) China

I recently gained access to a database of PhD dissertations and MA theses in China. Out of curiosity, I did a search for “越南” (Vietnam) and was amazed at what I found. . .

From what I have been able to determine, so far in this century there have been close to 100 PhD dissertations completed in China that deal with some aspect of Vietnamese history, with the majority having been completed in the last decade. The number of MA theses is also very large, and many of those have been completed in the past few years (indicating that this trend of scholarship on Vietnam getting produced in Vietnam is only going to increase).

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