Colonial Experiences and 
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 - July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawai‘i ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

Colonialism Experiences and
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
                                                                                     An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 to July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

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Institute Daily Readings

Presenting faculty will assign readings for their sessions, and the full citation information will an be accessed below. Each presenter has prepared a bibliography that includes assigned readings and optional additional readings. These bibliographies will be available in the Presenter Session Materials under Resources in the coming months.

This list is currently under revision and will be updated as information is available. Access to readings are limited to participants only.

Rangoon: Henzas on the East Side of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda; Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport); November 1855; Photo Credit:  The MET

Week 1: Colonial Southeast Asia: Commonalities and Differences

Week 1 Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, June 10, 2019
Barbara Watson Andaya: Southeast Asia as a Region

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Leonard Andaya: Colonial Rationales, Colonial Resistance: Southeast Asia's Long 19th Century

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Barbara Watson Andaya: Indigenous Responses: Traditional Uprisings in Malaysia and Burma

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Vina Lanzona: Revolution: The Philippines and the Illustrados (Jose Rizal)

Peter Zinoman: Vietnam, the Colonial Bastille and the Rise of Anti-Colonial Nationalism

Friday, June 14, 2019

Peter Zinoman: Left Wing Activism and the Communist Challenge: The Case of Vietnam

Week 2: Experiencing Colonialism: Literature, Religion, Women and the Arts

Week 2 Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, June 17, 2019

Anne Hansen: Buddhist Writing: Negotiating Modernity in Colonial Cambodia

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pattaratorn Chirapravati: Visual Arts and Colonial Experience

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Chiara Formichi: Performing Islam: Art and Ritual in the Netherlands East Indies

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

Week 3: Independence: Struggles, Hopes, and Disappointments

Week 3 Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, June 24, 2019

Leonard Andaya: The Second World War and its Aftermath in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ardeth Thawnghmung: Experiments with Democracy: Burma and Indonesia 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Colonial Legacies: Ethnic Divisions in Myanmar

George Dutton: Communism and the Vietnamese Experience

Thursday, June 25, 2019

Patricio Abinales: Internal Colonization: Mindanao and the Philippines Under Marcos

Friday, June 26, 2019

Week 4: Postcolonial Challenges: Modernity and Development

Week 4 Assigned Readings by Presenters

Monday, July 1, 2019

Barbara Watson Andaya: The Changing Roles of Women in Society

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jeffrey Winters: The Creation of Oligarchies: Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Jeffrey Winters: Democracy with Inequality in Southeast Asia

Nora Taylor: Southeast Asian Art as a Medium of Protest


Werner Kraus, “First Steps to Modernity: The Javanese Painter Raden Saleh (1811-1880)” in Maurizio Peleggi, John Clark, T.K. Sabapathy eds., Eye of the Beholder, Reception, Audience, and Practice of Modern Asian Art, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007, pp. 29-55

Nora A. Taylor, “Framing the National Spirit: Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution,” in Hue-Tam Ho Tai, ed., The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001, pp. 109-134

Recommended Reading:

Adrienne Fast, “Exaggerated Enmity in Early Modern Indonesian Painting,”

Boitran Huynh-Beattie, “Saigonese Art During the War: Modernity versus Ideology,” in Tony Day and Maya H.T. Liem, eds., Cultures at War: The Cold War and Cultural Expression in Southeast Asia,” Ithaca: Cornell University SEAP Press, 2010, pp. 81-102

Iola Lenzi, “Conceptual Strategies in Southeast Asian Art: A Local Narrative,” in Concept, Contest, Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, Bangkok: BACC, 2014, pp. 10-25

Apinan Poshyananda, “The Development of Contemporary Art in Thailand: Traditionalism in Reverse,” in Caroline Turner ed., Tradition and Change: Contemporary Art of Asia and The Pacific, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1993, pp. 93-106

Helena Spanjaard, “The Controversy between the Academies of Bandung and Yogyakarta,” in Modernity in Asian Art, John Clark ed., Sydney: University of Sydney East Asian Series Number 7, 1991, pp. 85-105

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Muhammad Ali: Colonialism's Legacies and the Religious Response

Friday, July 5, 2019