Guest Editor | Jafar Suryomenggolo

  • Southeast Asia as a region has enjoyed a period of relative peace for the last 40 years. Despite a number of minor skirmishes between neighboring countries, there has been no war. This peace has allowed market integration and economic growth across the region. Domestic politics in individual countries, however, has been marked by state violence carried out to maintain political stability. This violence includes killing activists and political dissents, leaders of indigenous communities and minority groups outspoken against ruling governments, and those perceived as a danger to the nation-state. [...]


Download a compilation of all the English KRSEA articles from Issue 13 (March 2013), to Issue 20 (September 2016). This period marked a turning point for KRSEA with the re-launch of the website in March 2013 and the new online archive of earlier issues.

Prajak Kongkirati

Nuttakorn Vititanon

Arnold P. Alamon

Jung, Bub Mo

Budi Hernawan

YAV | Ooi Kok Hin

Reluctant Islamists: Rules and Incentives in the Malay World

Something is brewing in the state of Nusantara. Primarily centred in Malaysia and Indonesia, the Malay world often swings between moderation and fundamentalism, with a fierce contest of the interpretation of legalistic Islam. But it is not bearded men in white robes and songkok that did much to render legitimacy and power to the Islamists. It is the western-educated, suit-wearing and English-speaking politicians. Two major politicians exemplify this: Najib [...]

Issue 20

  • The research featured in this issue of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia offers fresh insights into the places and tactile traces of memory in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and diaspora. Versed in distinct vocabularies of remembrance, our contributors destabilize official discourses and political constructs through innovative analyses of diverse vehicles of memory. Their discrete vistas on Southeast Asian memory disrupt homogenizing discourses – whether theoretical or official – with innovative analyses grounded in specific vocabularies, whether linguistic or aesthetic. […]

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  • Past Issues Past issues of the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia can be accessed from the links on this page. Almost all of the articles from the two previous Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia websites are [...]



Film: Kabisera (The Seat) Directed by: Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido Release date: 25 December 2016 Language: Filipino When a Widow Takes the Helm When a family is forced to come to terms with […]

REVIEW— ทาง: รวมเรื่องสั้นชุดซ ายผ านศึก The Path: Stories of the Veteran Leftists

Book Reviews

Book title: ทาง: รวมเรื่องสั้นชุดซ ายผ านศึก (The Path: stories of the veteran leftists) Author: เสกสรรค์ ประเสริฐกุล (Seksan Prasetkul) Publisher: Samanchon Books, 2016 Stories of the Lost Generation Seksan Prasertkul is a well-known figure in Thailand for […]