Southeast Asian Studies

Since its first publication in 1963, the bilingual quarterly Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS), Kyoto University has reflected the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ strong commitment to publishing the best of empirically grounded, multidisciplinary, and contemporary research on Southeast Asia and related areas.
In 2012, we re-launched Southeast Asian Studies as an all-English journal, alongside its Japanese sister journal, Tonan Ajia Kenkyu. Intended for a regional as well as global readership, Southeast Asian Studies is published three times a year.
The new journal aims to promote excellent, agenda-setting scholarship and provide a forum for dialogue and collaboration both within and beyond the region. Southeast Asian Studies engages in wide-ranging and in-depth discussions that are attuned to the issues, debates, and imperatives within the region, while affirming the importance of learning and sharing ideas on a cross-country, global, and historical scale. An integral part of the journal’s mandate is to foster scholarship that is capable of bridging the continuing divide in area studies between the social sciences and humanities, on the one hand, and the natural sciences, on the other hand. To this end, the journal welcomes accessibly written articles that build on insights and cutting-edge research from the natural sciences. The journal also publishes research reports, which are shorter but fully peer-reviewed articles that present original findings or new concepts that result from specific research projects or outcomes of research collaboration.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Print ISSN: 2186-7275
Online ISSN: 2423-8686

Current Issue


Published in August, 2016



History Reformatted: Vietnam’s Great Famine (1944–45) in Archival Form ・・・ Ken MACLEAN pdficon_large
The Irony of Democratization and the Decline of Royal Hegemony in Thailand ・・・ KASIAN TEJAPIRA pdficon_large
Anut Grubyuk in the Voting Process: The Neglected Explanation of Javanese Voters (Preliminary Findings) ・・・ WAWAN SOBARI pdficon_large
Philanthropy and “Muslim Citizenship” in Post-Suharto Indonesia ・・・ Hilman LATIEF pdficon_large
Kuo Pao Kun’s Zheng He Legend and Multicultural Encounters in Singapore ・・・ Rachel LENG pdficon_large
No Room to Swing a Cat? Animal Treatment and Urban Space in Singapore ・・・ Ying-kit CHAN pdficon_large
Book Reviews
Dina Afrianty. Women and Sharia Law in Northern Indonesia: Local Women’s NGOs and the Reform of Islamic Law in Aceh. London and New York: Routledge, 2015, viii+194p. ・・・ Mahmood KOORIA pdficon_large
Kelvin E.Y. Low. Remembering the Samsui Women: Migration and Social Memory in Singapore and China. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2014, xiv+252p. ・・・ YOW Cheun Hoe pdficon_large
Nilanjana Sengupta. The Female Voice of Myanmar: Khin Myo Chit to Aung San Suu Kyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 407p. ・・・ Ashley WRIGHT pdficon_large
Simon Creak. Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015, xvi+337p. ・・・ Anne RAFFIN pdficon_large
Nha Ca. Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968. Translated with an Introduction by Olga Dror. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014, 378p. ・・・ Sean FEAR pdficon_large
Andrew Hardy. The Barefoot Anthropologist: The Highlands of Champa and Vietnam in the Words of Jacques Dournes. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2015, 160p. ・・・ Krisna UK pdficon_large
Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, eds. Unequal Thailand: Aspects of Income, Wealth and Power. Singapore: NUS Press, 2015, 216p. ・・・ T. F. RHODEN pdficon_large
Catherine Allerton. Potent Landscapes: Place and Mobility in Eastern Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013, xi+221p. ・・・ YU Xiao pdficon_large
Albertus Bagus Laksana. Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices: Explorations through Java. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, xiii +252 p. ・・・ Julius BAUTISTA pdficon_large
Henry Spiller. Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015, xii+266p. ・・・ Elizabeth EMRICH pdficon_large


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Vol. 5, No 2 of Southeast Asian Studies

Published in August, 2016 CONTENTS   History Reformatted: Vietnam’s Great Famine (1944–45) in Archival Form ・・・ Ken MACLEAN The Irony of Democratization and the Decline of Royal Hegemony in Thailand ・

Vol. 5, No. 1 of Southeast Asian Studies

Published in April, 2016 CONTENTS Political Networks in Asia Guest Editors: Onimaru Takeshi and Khoo Boo Teik Introduction:A Place for Networks in Asian Politics ・・・ KHOO Boo Teik ONIMARU Takeshi Very


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