Laurie J Sears
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.
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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