Southeast Asian Studies

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.

Southeast Asian Studies is an open access journal.
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Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts online submission system.

Call for Book Review submissions

Southeast Asian Studies publishes reviews on a range of topics across the region. Those interested in reviewing for the journal may consult the following lists for the titles currently available.

Indonesia  /  PhilippinesTimor Leste / Malaysia / Singapore / LaosThailandVietnam /  MyanmarCambodia / Asian Region 

Expressions of interest should contact the reviews editors (via email to bookreviews[at] with the following information (a) the title/s of book/s she is interested in, (b) a statement indicating the potential reviewer’s research interests as it pertains to his/her suitability for the review, and (c) a CV with publications history (as an attachment).

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

Vol. 9, No. 3 of Southeast Asian Studies


Published in December, 2020


Demarcation of the Yunnan-Burma Tai Minority Area in Warry’s Report of 1891–97: A Critical Evaluation against the Background of Contemporary Chinese Historiography ・・・ Hanli Zhou
Volker Grabowsky
Post-1998 Changes in Rural Java: The Rapid Expansion of the Middle Class ・・・ Agung Wicaksono pdficon_large
The Rubber Boom Assemblage and Internalized Friction: Attitudes of the Government, NGOs, and Farmers in Northeast Thailand ・・・ Fujita Wataru pdficon_large
Revisiting Transnational Media Flow in Nusantara: Cross-border Content Broadcasting in Indonesia and Malaysia ・・・ Nuurrianti Jalli
Yearry Panji Setianto
The Institutional Environment of the Palm Oil Value Chain and Its Impact on Community Development in Kapuas Hulu, Indonesia ・・・ Albert Hasudungan
Jeffrey Neilson
Book Reviews
Annabel Teh Gallop. Malay Seals from the Islamic World of Southeast Asia: Content, Form, Context, Catalogue. Singapore: NUS Press, in association with the British Library, 2019. ・・・ R. Michael Feener pdficon_large
Boreth Ly. Traces of Trauma: Cambodian Visual Culture and National Identity in the Aftermath of Genocide. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2020. ・・・ Thun Theara pdficon_large
Wasana Wongsurawat. The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019. ・・・ Patrick Jory pdficon_large
Sanjib Baruah. In the Name of the Nation: India and Its Northeast. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. ・・・ Matteo Miele pdficon_large
Christian C. Lentz. Contested Territory: Ðien Biên Phu and the Making of Northwest Vietnam. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019. ・・・ Oliver Tappe pdficon_large
Douglas Kammen and Jonathan Chen. Cina Timor: Baba, Hakka, and Cantonese in the Making of Timor-Leste. New Haven: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 2019. ・・・ Jafar Suryomenggolo pdficon_large
Duncan McCargo. Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2020. ・・・ Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang pdficon_large


In this issue we have stopped using small capitals in author names. Authors’ names are listed according to the various local standards, in recognition of the diversity of conventions that exist. For details on how to cite papers in Southeast Asian Studies please refer to “How to Cite,” on the cover page of each paper.


Vol. 9, No. 3 of Southeast Asian Studies

Published in December, 2020 CONTENTS Articles Demarcation of the Yunnan-Burma Tai Minority Area in Warry’s Report of 1891–97: A Critical […]

Vol. 9, No. 1 of Southeast Asian Studies

Published in April, 2020 CONTENTS Articles Thai Adaptations of the Javanese Panji in Cosmopolitan Ayutthaya ・・・ Christopher JOLL Srawut AREE […]

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