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