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Laurie J Sears
SISSE 221
Seattle Campus

History of Southeast Asia

Surveys Southeast Asian civilizations at the outset of Western colonial rule; the colonial impact on the traditional societies of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines; nineteenth- and twentieth-century nationalist and revolutionary movements; emergence of Southeast Asia as a region in the modern world. Offered: jointly with HSTAS 221.

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This course is an introduction to several of the countries of Southeast Asia: Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Viet Nam. The goal will be to gain a multi-faceted understanding of the human condition in these countries by focusing on politics, religion, gender systems, and literatures. Several broad theoretical themes will be introduced: the representation of Southeast Asian Islam, images of the Vietnam-American War in history, literature, and film, and the historical antecedents of contemporary ethnic, religious, and political identities.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laurie J Sears
Date: 01/01/2005