Everyday Life in Southeast Asia

This energetic survey of the peoples, cultures, and societies of Southeast Asia introduces a sector of large geographic, linguistic, historic, and spiritual variety. Encompassing either mainland and island international locations, those attractive essays describe personhood and identification, kinfolk and loved ones association, geographical regions, faith, pop culture and the humanities, the legacies of conflict and restoration, globalization, and the surroundings. all through, the point of interest is at the day-by-day lives and studies of standard humans. lots of the essays are unique to this quantity, whereas a number of are broadly taught classics. All have been selected for his or her timeliness and curiosity, and are very best for the classroom.

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I had made plans to travel many hours to the south, but when the day and time came to leave, I began to feel slightly nervous about the rain-­slicked roads and the possibilities of rock slides. He reminded me, “Your tondi didn’t want to go, and yet you Toba Batak Selves / 31 still made plans to leave. ” What I might have called trepidation or cold feet, my teacher framed as a conflict between my material self and my tondi. Had I been Batak and sensitive to such feelings, I would not have left then (since the departure date was flexible) and would have engaged in activities that would have strengthened my tondi.

While Dutch was used by the educated elite, it also was the language of the colonial oppressor and did not offer the international advantages of more widely dispersed European languages such as English or Spanish. Javanese was spoken by the largest population of Indies residents, roughly 40 percent, but this seemingly obvious choice was rejected. Nationalists were interested in a language that would unite an ethnically plural nation, and the Javanese were feared to be too dominant. Even most Javanese leaders found their language unsuitable for national status because of its dauntingly hierarchical character.

And feel the absence of their good-­natured companionship (Lentora rahi kai). No t e s 1. ” 2. At that time, no one in the region spoke English, so working through English was not an option. 26 / Lorraine V. Aragon 3. ” 4. My thanks to Mohammad Thoiyibi of Universitas Muhammadiyah, Surakarta, for this list. 5. Showing respect in Indonesia entails keeping one’s head physically lower than the heads of others, often a challenge for tall or ignorant foreign visitors. During the South­east Asian monetary crisis that began in late 1997, a widely published newspaper photograph of an International Monetary Fund officer, who stood towering over the seated President Suharto as he signed a new loan-­restructuring agreement, was considered a national disgrace, indicative of the aging president’s growing po­liti­cal weakness in the international community, and hence at home.

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