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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Week One: Colonial Southeast Asia: Commonalities and Differences

The first week will explore the conditions of colonialism’s spread across Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th century, focusing attention in particular on variations in colonial practices and experiences across the region.
Following an introduction to the program and the region on the opening day by the Institute Co-Directors, Leonard Andaya (University of Hawaiʻi) will devote Tuesday morning to an exploration of why so many Western countries were involved in colonizing the region, and why the influences penetrated more deeply in some areas than others. On Wednesday, Barbara Watson Andaya will look more closely how colonial powers were able to attract indigenous agents, but also at how indigenous resisters—even if unsuccessful—made use of cultural and religious resources to fight foreign intrusion, with a focus on uprisings in Malaya and Burma. Vina Lanzona (University of Hawaiʻi) will continue with the theme of resistance and revolution on Thursday morning, looking at the Philippines. That afternoon, Peter Zinoman (University of California, Berkeley) will join the institute for two sessions. The first will consider how French colonization of Vietnam and the colonial prison system helped foster modern political consciousness; the second will explore the rise of left wing activism and communist challenges to French rule. The week concludes with a participant-led discussion of weekly themes with the presenting faculty.
COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Schets van de Japanse intocht in Batavia zoals de Japanners het zich voorstelden (Bilingual pamphlet describing Japanese strategy for establishing a base in Batavia (now Jakarta)); Photo credit:  Wikimedia Commons & Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures