East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Infusing Modern China into the
Undergraduate Curriculum

Infusing Korean Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum


Infusing Southeast Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum


Institute Bibliography


Each of the presenters for the Institute is being asked to provide readings that will provide background or articulate themes that they will be addressing in each of their sessions. These readings will be posted to an Institute website for electronic access and should be accessible by mid-July.


Prior to coming to Honolulu, it would be useful to get a general historical overview of Southeast Asia and you may want to consider:

  • Tarling, Nicholas. The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia. Volume 1: From Early Times to c. 1800. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993-2008).

  1. Owen, Norman G. (ed.) The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia. (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2005).

  • Dayley, Robert and Clark D. Neher, Southeast Asia in the New International Era

  • Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680, vol. 1 & vol. 2 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990 & 1993).

  1. Dutton, George E., Voices of Southeast Asia: Essential Readings from Antiquity to the Present (Routledge, 2015) [an anthology of 24 selections that reveal how cultural influences from South Asia, China, the Arabic world, and Europe arrived in Southeast Asia and left their marks in the realms of religion, literature, society, and culture]


For your flights over, you might consider one of the following:

  • Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Buru Quartet , is a stunning set of four novels, composed in prison, that span the colonial, independence, Japanese occupation and post-colonial nation-building eras of Indonesia, with keen attention to the tensions between normative ideals and lived realities. Perhaps the best of the four novels is This Life of Mankind.

  • Kukrit Pramoj’s Four Reigns focuses on life inside and outside the royal palace in Bangkok, covering the period from the reign of King Chulalongkorn to that of his grandson King Ananda, roughly the 1890s to 1940s. A popular classic, the novel uses the life of a court woman to afford insight into the social and political transformations of early 20th century Thailand.

  • Letters from Thailand by Botan is a family saga spanning a quarter century from the 1940s to the late 1960s, told through letters written by a Chinese immigrant to his mother in China. Those interested in the immigrant experience will find this a compelling read.

  • Dumb Luck: A Novel, by Vũ Trọng Phụng, is a bitter satire set in Vietnam during the late colonial era that follows the absurd life of a street-smart vagabond and charts how class and gender relations are radically transformed by the growth of colonial capitalism.


Short General Bibliography on Southeast Asia


Andaya, Leonard Y. Leaves of the Same Tree:  Trade and Ethnicity in the Straits of Melaka. Honolulu:  University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008


Andaya, Barbara Watson (ed.) Other Pasts. Women, Gender, and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2000).


___________.The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Southeast Asian History. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008).


Blackburn, Susan ed. Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements: A Biographical Approach. Singapore: NUS Press, 2013.


Devasahayam, Theresa W. Gender Trends in Southeast Asia: Women Now, Women in the Future (Singapore: ISEAS, 2009).


Ford, Michele, ed. Social Activism in Southeast Asia. London/New York: Routledge, 2012.


Hill, Ronald.  Southeast Asia:  People, Land and Economy.  Allen and Unwin, 2002


Kelley, Liam C. Beyond the Bronze Pillars:  Envoy Poetry and the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship (Asian Interactions and Comparisons). Honolulu:  University of Hawai‘i Press, 2005.


Kimura, Ehito. Provincial Proliferation:  Territorial Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia. Abingdon; New York:  Routledge, 2012.


Rigg, Jonathan. Southeast Asia:  A Region in Transition. London:  Routledge, 1991.


Scott, James. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast

Asia. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009


Tarling, Nicholas. Southeast Asia:  A Modern History. Melbourne:  Oxford, 2001.


Thongchai, Winichakul. 1994. Siam Mapped: A History of the GeoBody of a Nation.

Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press


Thawnghumung, Ardeth Maung. The “Other” Karen in Myanmar:  Ethnic Minorities and the Struggle without Arms. Lanham:  Lexington Books, 2012.


Wolters, O.W. History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives. Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1999.


Culture and the Arts in Southeast Asia


On Literature


Bodden, Michael H.. ‘Seno Gumira Ajidarma and fictional resistance to an authoritarian state in 1990s Indonesia,’ Indonesia 68, October 1999


Clark, Marshall, “Shadow Boxing: Indonesian Writers and the Ramayana in the New Order,” Indonesia, 72, (Oct., 2001), pp. 159-187.


Guixing, Zhang. My South Seas Sleeping Beauty: A Tale of Memory and Longing (Trans.

Valerie Jaffee, New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)


Huong, Duong Thu. Paradise of the Blind (Trans. Phan Huy Duong and Nina McPherson,

New York: Penguin, 1993)


Joshi, B.N. Emergent Voices of Southeast Asian Women Novelists. New Delhi: MD Publications, 2010.


Kintanar, Thelma B. Her Story: Women’s Narratives in Modern Southeast Asian Writing. Manila: Anvil Publishing, 2008.


Salleh, Muhammad Haji. “Worlds over Borders: Trafficking Literatures in Southeast Asia.” Asiatic 3, 2 (December 2009), 1-24. [Traces the paths of literary works that cross linguistic and cultural borders and how they have been adopted into the receiving cultures, influencing a range of literary performances and related arts.


Smyth, David, ed., The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures: Literatures of Burma, Cambodia,

Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Curzon, 2000


Yamada, Teri Shaffer, ed. Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia. Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2002. [includes translations of short stories from all over Southeast Asia, with a short introduction to the literary history of each country that shows the interaction between each writer and their sociopolitical influences]


-----. Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History (Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, 2009)


On Music


Abels, Birgit. Austronesian Soundscapes Performing Arts in Oceania and Southeast Asia. Amsterdam:  Amsterdam University Press, 2011.


Douglas, Gavin. Music in Mainland Southeast Asia: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. (Global Music Series, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).


Lockard, Craig. Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in Southeast Asia (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 1998). [explores the connections between popular music genres and politics in Southeast Asia, with particular emphasis on Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore]


Morton, David. Music Cultures of Southeast Asia. Los Angeles:  University of California, 1975.


Spiller, Henry, Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia. (London: Routledge, 2008).


Sumarsam. Gamelan:  Cultural Interaction and Musical Development in Central Java. Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1995.


Sutton, R. Anderson. Traditions of Gamelan Music in Java:  Musical Pluralism and Regional Identity. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1991.


Tenzer, Michael. Balinese Music. Berkeley:  Periplus, 1991.


On Art


Adams, Kathleen. Art as Politics:  Re-crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana, Toraja, Indonesia. Honolulu:  University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006.


Bennett, James, ed.  Crescent Moon:  Islamic Art & Civilisation in Southeast Asia. Adelaide:

Art Gallery of South Australia, 2005.


Casal, Gabriel et al. The People and Art of the Philippines. Los Angeles: Museum of

Cultural History, University of California, 1981


Clark, John. Modern Asian Art. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 1998. [this book is organized according to themes rather than countries, and Chapter 10 provides insights on similarities and differences in the way national themes (concerns with war, revolution, heroism) are visually represented]


George, Kenneth. Picturing Islam: Art and Ethics in a Muslim Lifeworld. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).


Gifford, Julie. Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture: The Visual Rhetoric of Borobudur (Routledge, 2011)


Girard‐Geslan, Maud et al. Art of Southeast Asia. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1998


Gosling, Betty. Origins of Thai Art. Trumbull, CT:  Weatherhill, 2004


Guillon, Emmanuel.  HinduBuddhist Art of Vietnam:  Treasures from Champa. Trumbull,

CT:  Weatherhill, 2001


Jacques, Claude and Philippe Lafond. The Khmer Empire:  Cities and Sanctuaries, Fifth to  

Thirteenth Centuries. Bangkok: River Books, 2007.


Jessup, Helen Ibbitson. Court Arts of Indonesia. New York: Asia Society Galleries, 1990


Jones, Jason. “Could Installation Art be the New Medium for Southeast Asia?” Explorations, 4 (Fall, 2000) http://www.hawaii.edu/cseas/pubs/explore/jones.html.


Kieven, Lydia. Worshipping Siva and Buddha:  The Temple Art of East Java. Honolulu:

University of Hawaii Press, 2003


Maxwell, Robyn J.  Life, Death, and Magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art.

Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2010


McGill, Forrest, ed. The Kingdom of Siam:  The Art of Central Thailand, 13501800. San

Francisco: Asian Art Museum, 2005


Miettinen, Jukka O. Classical Dance and Theatre in South-East Asia. Singapore; New York:  Oxford University Press, 1992.


Rawson, Philip. Art of Southeast Asia (London: Thames and Hudson, 1990). Originally published in 1967, and therefore outdated in some concepts, but still a basic coverage for the early art of the region.


-----. The Art of Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Java, Bali. (London: Thames & Hudson, 1990).


Tingley, Nancy, ed. Arts of Ancient Viet Nam:  From River Plain to Open Sea. New

York: Asia Society, 2009


Wright, Astri. “Resistance in the Visual Field: Activist Art in Indonesia in the 1990s,”  Ing-Britt Trankell and Laura Summers, eds. Facets of Power and its Limitations: Political Culture in Southeast Asia (Uppsala : Dept. of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University, 1998)


Civil Society


Alagappa, Muthiah, ed., Civil Society and Political Change in Asia (Stanford: Stanford

University Press, 2004);  


Camilleri, Joseph. States, markets and Civil Society in Asia Pacific:  The Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region, Volume 1. Cheltenham; Northampton:  Edward Elgar, 2000.


Hefner, Robert. 2000. Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia. Princeton NJ:

Princeton University Press


Lee Hock Guan, ed.  Civil Society in Southeast Asia.  Singapore:  ISEAS, 2004


Nakamura, Mitsuo., Siddique, Sharon., and Bajunid, Omar Farouk. Islam and Civil Society in Southeast Asia. Singapore:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001.


Schober, Juliane. Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar:  Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society. Honolulu:  University of Hawiʻi Press, 2011.


Waibel, Gobi., Ehlert, Judith., and Feuer, Hart N. Southeast Asia and the Civil Society Gaze:  Scoping a Contested Concept in Cambodia and Vietnam. Abington; New York:  Routledge, 2014.


Weiss, Meredith L. 2006. Protest and Possibilities:  Civil Society and Coalitions for Political

Change in Malaysia. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press


Electronic Media and Authority


Atkins, William. The Politics of Southeast Asia’s New Media. London; New York:  Routledge, 2002.


Lim, Merlyna. “Cyber-Urban Activism and Political Change in Indonesia.” Eastbound 2006. http://eastbound.eu/site_media/pdf/060101LIM.pdf [a short article by one of the upcoming scholars in this field]

McCargo, Duncan. Media and Politics in Pacific Asia. London; New York:  RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.


McDaniel, Drew O.  Electronic Tigers of Southeast Asia:  The Politics of Media, Technology, and National Development.  Ames:  Iowa State University Press, 2002. [Shows how technological change has affected the media and politics.]


Sen, Krishna and Terence Lee. Political Regimes and the Media in Asia. Abingdon:  Routledge, 2008.


Tan, Jun-E and Zawawi Ibrahim.  Blogging and Democratization in Malaysia:  A New Civil Society in the Making. Petaling Jaya:  Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2008.


Woodier, Jonathan. The Media and Political Change in Southeast Asia:  Karaoke Culture and the Evolution of Personality Politics. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2008.


Religion and Society


Bouma, G. D, R. Ling and D. Pratt (eds.) Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. National Case Studies. (Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer, 2010).


DuBois, Thomas David (Ed). Casting Faiths: Imperialism and the Transformation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.


George, Kenneth M. and Andrew C. Willford, edited. Spirited Politics: Religion and Public Life in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Cornell University Press Studies on Southeast Asia. 2005.


Gosling, David. 2001. Religion and Ecology in India and South-East Asia. London:  Routledge.


Keyes, Charles F., Laurel Kendall, and Helen Hardacre, eds. Asian Visions of Authority:

Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia (Honolulu, 1994)  


Sidel, John Thayer. 2006. Riots, Pogroms, Jihad : Religious Violence in Indonesia. Ithaca, N.Y.:

Cornell University Press


On Buddhism:


Blackburn, Anne and Jeffrey Samuels, edited. Approaching the Dhamma : Buddhist Texts and Practices in South and Southeast Asia (BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2003)


Falk, Monica Lindberg. Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Nuns and Gendered orders in Thailand. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.


Harris, Ian edited. Buddhism, Power and Political Order (Routledge, 2007)


McDaniel, Justin. Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words: Histories of Buddhist Monastic

Education in Thailand and Laos. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008


Spiro, Melford E. Buddhism and Society: A Great Tradition and its Burmese Vicissitudes (University of California Press, 1982)


Swearer, Donald. The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia (SUNY Press, 2010) [a classic in the field, a new edition]


Tilakaratne, Asanga. Theravada Buddhism: The View of the Elders (University of Hawaii Press, 2012) [a good introduction suited to use in the undergraduate classroom]


On Islam:


Ali, Karya Muhamad. Bridging Islam and the West:  An Indonesian View. Jakarta:  Ushul Press, 2009.


Fealy, Greg, and Virginia Hooker (Eds.). Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A   Contemporary

Sourcebook. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2006


Feener, R. M. Muslim Legal Thought in Modern Indonesia. (Cambridge University Press, 2007).


Frisk, Sylvia: Submitting to God: Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia. Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2009.


Gade, Anna. The Qur’an: An Introduction. Oxford: Oneworld Press, 2010.


-----. Perfection Makes Practice: Learning, Emotion and the Recited Qurʹan in

Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʹi Press, 2004


Gibson, Thomas. Islamic Narrative and Authority in Southeast Asia. Hampshire:  Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2007.


Hefner, Robert, Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000).


Laffan, M.F. The Makings of Indonesian Islam. Orientalism and the Narration of the Sufi Past. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).


Ricci, Ronit. Islam Translated:  Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia. Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2011.


Smith, Bianca and Mark Woodward, eds. Gender and Power in Indonesian Islam: Leaders, Feminists, Sufis and Pesantren Selves. London/New York: Routledge, 2014.


Taggliacozzo, Eric. The Longest Journey. Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).


On Christianity:


Alberts, Tara. Conflict and Conversion:  Catholicism in Southeast Asia, 1500-1700. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014.


Cannell, Fenella. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. Cambridge Univ Press, 1999.


Claussen, Heather L. Unconventional Sisterhood: Feminist Catholic Nuns in the Philippines. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.


Goh, Robbie B. H., Christianity in Southeast Asia. Singapore: ISEAS Press, 2005.


Moreno, Antonio F. Church, State, and Civil Society in Post-authoritarian Philippines. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006. 


Nai-Chiu, Poon Michael, ed. Christian Movements in Southeast Asia:  A Theological Exploration. Singapore:  Trinity Theological College, 2010.


On Development and the Environment


Boomgaard, Peter. Southeast Asia:  An Environmental History. Santa Barbara:  ABC-CLIO, 2007.


Ford, Michele, Lenore Lyons and Willem van Schendel, Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, 2012.


Harris, Paul G. Confronting Environmental Change in East and Southeast Asia:  Eco-Plitics, Foreign Policy and Sustainable Development. London; Sterling:  Earthscan, 2005.


Hirsch, Philip. The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia Resources and Resistance. Routledge, 2002.


Lee Hock Guan and Leo Suryadinata, eds. Language, Nation and Development in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007


Mairi, Dupar., Nathan Badenoch. Environment, Livelihoods, and Local Institutions:  Decentralization in Mainland Southeast Asia. Washington, D.C.:  World Resources Institute, 2001.


Pandey, S. Development and Displacement of Women in Southeast Asia. New Delhi: MD Publications, 2011.


Rigg, Jonathan.  Southeast Asia:  The Human Landscape of Modernization and Development.  London/New York:  Routledge, 1997.