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Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Nathan BADENOCH

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia Sarah Turner, ed. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2013, 320p. One of the most striking changes observed while working in the uplands of Laos over the past decade is the rapid growth in the number of […]


Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 The Lost Territories: Thailand’s History of National Humiliation Shane Strate Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015, xii+253p. The notion of the winners being the ones who write history does not always ring true in the case of Thailand. In Thai historiography, loss and humiliation have […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Kevin HEWISON

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Party System Institutionalization in Asia: Democracies, Autocracies, and the Shadows of the Past Allen Hicken and Erik Martinez Kuhonta, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015, xviii+355p. In pluralist and conservative perspectives, political parties in democracies are important as essential representative links between citizens and […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Tony C. LEE

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Yimin guiji he lisan lunshu: Xinma huaren zuqun de zhongceng mailuo 移民轨迹和离散论述―新马华人族群的重层脉络 [Migration trajectories and diasporic discourses: Multiples contexts of ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia] Yow Cheun Hoe 游俊豪 Shanghai: Sanlian Publishing Company, 2014, ii+243p. The Chinese word "Huaren" has been used to refer […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Pierre BROCHEUX

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Les Oracles du Cao Đài: Étude d’un mouvement religieux vietnamien et de ses réseaux [The Cao Dai oracles: Essay on a Vietnamese religious movement and its networks] Jérémy Jammes Paris: Les Indes savantes, 2014, 614p. This book, which I would describe as monumental, is the […]


Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 The End of Personal Rule in Indonesia: Golkar and the Transformation of the Suharto Regime Masuhara Ayako Kyoto: Kyoto University Press; Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press, 2015, xviii+286p. In the revised version of her doctoral dissertation, Ayako Masuhara offers a fine-grained analysis of the collapse of […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Gerard SASGES

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Voices from the Second Republic of South Vietnam (1967–1975) K. W. Taylor, ed. Ithaca, NY: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Cornell University, 2015, 180p. "Four decades removed from the fall of Saigon, now is perhaps the right time to revisit the Vietnam conflict, for no longer pressing […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Michael G. VANN

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture Ariel Heryanto Singapore: NUS Press in association with Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2014, xiv+246p. At the risk of rehashing the old orientalist clichés we must acknowledge that contemporary Indonesia can be a bewildering place. This holds […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Hsin-Huang Michael HSIAO

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 The Historical Construction of Southeast Asian Studies: Korea and Beyond Park Seung Woo and Victor T. King, eds. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013, xviii+468p. Before this important edited volume by Park and King was published, I had the pleasure to be invited to […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, BOOK REVIEWS, Victor T. KING

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 BOOK REVIEWS Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia: Magic and Modernity Volker Gottowik, ed. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 338p. This edited volume is an integrated and carefully edited collection of informed and ethnographically rich chapters on the relationships between religion and modernity. For me […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, MIICHI

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Looking at Links and Nodes: How Jihadists in Indonesia Survived Miichi Ken* * 見市 建, Faculty of Policy Studies, Iwate Prefectural University, 152-51 Sugo, Takizawa City, Iwate 020-0693, Japan e-mail: miichi[at] DOI: The major militant Islamist network in Indonesia, comprising the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and […]

Vol. 5, No. 1, ONIMARU

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Shanghai Connection: The Construction and Collapse of the Comintern Network in East and Southeast Asia Onimaru Takeshi* * 鬼丸武士, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan e-mail: onimaru[at] DOI: As East and Southeast Asia’s communist parties, […]