The contributions for the past four years of Southeast Asian scholars based in Southeast Asia to the Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (RJSEAS) give us an idea of the continuously expanding field of Southeast Asian Studies. For a long time, and even now, as I am writing this piece, studies on Southeast Asia have focused on the dominant themes of colonialism, revolution, anti-colonial struggle, and nationalism. This is hardly unexpected since it was only after the second half of the twentieth century that Southeast Asian countries under colonial rule have all gained independence. We are aware, however, that while these are the ascendant themes in the study of ...Read more

In this regard, RJSEAS remains at the forefront of providing opportunities for scholars to continue to explore other areas of study on the region. Based on the contributions we have so far this academic portrait of Southeast Asian studies, is now slowly changing and we could all continue to look forward to a remarkable and diverse research growth for this rich area of study. The articles we feature for July 2019, are: Myo Oo’s “Photography in Mandalay society: Wekmasuk Wundauk U Latt’s family” and Phan Quang Anh’s “Urbanization and the Peri-urban villages of Hanoi: When people, land, and beliefs confront change.”

 Myo Oo’s “Photography in Mandalay society: Wekmasuk Wundauk U Latt’s family,” illustrates through photography how the noble class composed of noblemen and royal descendants asserted their class in the period of King Thibaw’s reign (1878–1885), the last king of the Konbaung dynasty and last sovereign in Myanmar prior to the country’s annexation to the British Empire. King Thibaw’s defeat against the forces of the British Empire also signaled the end of Myanmar’s monarchy. Oo’s article shows that despite the noblemen’s powerlessness to stem the tide of colonialism these men were not totally bereft of agency and have remained resistant by being culturally and “technologically” creative. 

 Phan Quang Anh’s “Urbanization and the Peri-urban villages of Hanoi: When people, land, and beliefs confront change,” examines the changes in contemporary Vietnam through a critical evaluation of the Đổi mới or the economic reforms the Vietnamese implemented in 1986. These reforms carried out through urbanization and industrialization have led to the rise of peri-urban villages, particularly Phùng Khoang and Xuân Đỉnh in Hanoi. Set against this backdrop, Anh examines the funeral ceremony in Vietnam as a platform to show and highlight how urbanization and industrialization have impinged on the Vietnamese’s livelihood and their ways of life and the long-term implications of the changes these processes bring to contemporary Vietnamese society. 

 As Southeast Asia continues to play a crucial role in the future of the Asia-Pacific region, we are mindful of the need for more diverse and new subjects of study. We are also conscious that some aspects of these subjects of academic inquiry such as gender, ethnicity, nation, globalization, nationalism, and transnationalism, among others, are undergoing radical change. Thus, there is a pressing need for more in-depth studies on these subjects, especially in the context of the rise of ethno-nationalist and religious sentiment in the region. 

 It is in this spirit that RJSEAS maintains its commitment to promote Southeast Asian scholarship and to provide a publishing platform for dynamic, new, and cutting-edge scholarship by scholars from the region. We look forward to your continued support.


LIVING SOUTHEAST ASIA: Photographs of the Region January 05, 2019

As we celebrate and reflect on the milestone that is RJSEAS, we have come to realize that we could still take our journal further. To open our January 2019 issue, we are launching our Facebook Page, “Living Southeast Asia: Photographs of the Region”. In red and yellow—derived from the RJSEAS official logo—the logo for “Living Southeast Asia: Photographs of the Region” is simple and direct. The 11 waves that have been incorporated in the design represent the waters that surround Southeast Asia and its profound impact in shaping life in the region. Arranged thematically per month and consisting of one photo from each of the 11 countries in the region, our firs...Read more

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The Regional Journal of Southeast Asian Studies is an online, internationally peer-reviewed, bi-annual journal in English that provides a platform for local scholars based in Southeast Asia to share their research internationally.

ISSN 2507-8895

International Advisory Board

  • Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri
  • Dr. Taufik Abdullah
  • Dr. Ruth McVey

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