GIGA – Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs – Vol 30, No 3 (2011)

Research Articles

  • Reaching across the Mekong: Local Socioeconomic and Gender Effects of Lao-Thai Crossborder Linkages
    José Edgardo Gomez, Jr., Nittana Southiseng, John Walsh, Samuel Sapuay
  • Lessons from Preah Vihear: Thailand, Cambodia, and the Nature of Low-Intensity Border Conflicts
    Martin Wagener
  • Skilled Migration, Knowledge Transfer and Development: The Case of the Highly Skilled Filipino Migrants in New Zealand and Australia
    Sheila V. Siar
  • Multiplicity within Singularity: Racial Categorization and Recognizing “Mixed Race” in Singapore
    Zarine L. Rocha
  • The End of Political Islam? A Comparative Analysis of Religious Parties in the Muslim Democracy of Indonesia
    Kikue Hamayotsu

The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs is an Open Access publication.
All the articles are avaiable online here.

Indonesisch-Redewettbewerb (Lomba Pidato) 2012

+++Informationen des Seminars für Südostasienstudien
der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin+++

Liebe StudentInnen und Interessierte,

die Bildungs- und Kulturabteilung der indonesischen Botschaft in Berlin
freut sich, bekanntgeben zu können, dass die Anmeldung zum diesjährigen
Indonesisch-Redewettbewerb (Lomba Pidato) begonnen hat.

Alle Nicht-Muttersprachler sind herzlich eingeladen, am Wettbewerb
teilzunehmen. Zu gewinnen gibt es natürlich auch etwas. Weitere
Informationen und die Details zum Ablauf finden sich hier.

Viel Erfolg!

New publication by DORISEA researcher Andrea Lauser

DORISEA researcher Andrea Lauser and Kirsten Endres have edited a book on the entanglements of modernity and spirit beliefs and practies in contemporary Southeast Asia. The book has just been published by Berghahn Books.
Find more information here.

Popular Beliefs and Practices in Modern Southeast Asia
Edited by Kirsten W. Endres and Andrea Lauser
(268 pages, 19 ills, bibliog., index; February 2012)

The dictator’s soft spot for iron monsters

Among the few things that are known about the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il (1941 0r 1942 – 2011) is his passion for films. In 1978, when Kim Jong-ils father Kim Il-sung was still in power, Kim Jong-Il began to develop his own dictatorial agenda and instructed his special forces to kidnap South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok. Shin Sang-ok was forced to make movies until he could escape in 1986. The godzilla movie “Pulgasari” (1985) is not only his most famous work from his time in North Korea, but also Kim Jong-ils most beloved one.

Here you find the first ten minutes:

… and the last ten minutes of “Pulgasari”:

In the film review series ‘So bad it’s good’, American film critics Rusty Ward and Kevin Maher give a short review of the film:

Social Structure and Differentiation in Contemporary Laos

Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein has edited the October 2011 Issue of Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia on “Social Structure and Differentiaion in Contemporary Laos” – with articles by Prof. Dr. Guido Sprenger and by himself.

The Table of Contents you can find here.

(Access to articles is restricted)

Stefan Canham/Nguyen Phuong-Dan – “Die Deutschen Vietnamesen”

The topic of ‚German Vietnamese‘ is hot, as another publication, this time by Peperoni Books, proves. The book is a combination of photos and interviews with Vietnamese men and women who once migrated to Germany and then back to Vietnam again. In their heterogeneity, the biographies reveal how global political and social transformations become relevant in the minutiae of individual lives.

Stefan Canham/Nguyen Phuong-Dan

Die Deutschen Vietnamesen

With an essay by Kirsten Mundt
204 pages
120 color illustrations
19,5 x 24 cm
ISBN 978-3-941825-23-9
EUR 34

Exhibition “Europe and the spirit world or fascination with the occult, 1750-1950”

The Musée d’Art Moderne in Strassbourg, France, hosts an excellent exhibition on the occult and its relationship to modernity.

Review in DIE ZEIT (in German).

Review in Süddeutsche Zeitung (PDF document, in German). [Dokument nicht mehr verfügbar]

© Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH, München. By courtesy of (Süddeutsche Zeitung Content).

Jakarta Ghostbusters

A pocong ghost and a kuntilanak ghost who scared passengers in a municipal park in Jakarta were driven away  by firm administration measures. Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali asked the capitol’s inhabitants to stay calm as “Ghosts cannot be seen with normal eyes, especially in the afternoon” – a remark the commentator ‘Kesiangan’ answered with “Long live the Religious Affairs Minister, especially in the afternoon”. Please read more here.

Source: The Jakarta Globe

Nora Bibel – “Heimat. Que Huong”

The photographer Nora Bibel has published a book on Vietnamese migrants to Germany who went back to Vietnam after the fall of the Berlin wall. The German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT offers a glimpse into the book in their photography section.

“Heimat. Que Huong”

by Nora Bibel

112 pages, 51 photos
German/ English

Published in November 2011 by Kerber Verlag.