Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia. Issue 14 (September 2013). Myanmar

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In Issue 14 of the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia

This issue of the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia proudly presents the opening of Myanmar, what was once an “outpost of tyranny” in the eyes of the United States. Despite progressive political reforms implemented by the civilian regime of President Thein Sein, some critics still perceive them as mere cosmetic changes. Nonetheless, credit must be given to the government, especially in terms of promoting greater democratisation and in the release of political prisoners. Equally important is the fact that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy, has become a part of the ongoing opening up process. But it is too soon to celebrate the success of Myanmar’s political reforms. Issues such as ethnic conflicts and communal violence continue to threaten the stability of the state.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Editor Kyoto Review, September 2013

Issue 14— Articles in four languages

Moving Myanmar: The Future of Military Prominence

David I. Steinberg

Myanmar yang bergerak: Masa depan kedudukan penting militer
変動するミャンマー :軍事的栄光の行方
พัฒนาการในพม่า: อนาคตของความยิ่งใหญ่ของกองทัพ

Prioritising Agricultural Reform in Myanmar

Sean Turnell and Wylie Bradford

Memprioritaskan Reformasi Pertanian di Myanmar

Reassessing Myanmar’s Glasnost

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Menilai kembali Glasnost yang terjadi di Myanmar
การประเมินนโยบาย “เปิดกว้าง” ของพม่า

A “Three Insecurities Perspective” for the Changing Myanmar

Maung Zarni

Tiga perspektif ketidakpastian mengenai Myanmar yang berubah
มุมมองบนหลัก “ความไม่มั่นคง 3 ประการ” ของพม่าที่กำลังเปลี่ยนแปลง

Strengths and Weaknesses of Thein Sein’s Leadership

Yoshihiro Nakanishi

Titik Kuat dan Titik Lemah dari Kepemimpinan Thein Sein
จุดเด่นและจุดด้อยของความเป็นผู้นำของเต็ง เส่ง

Issue 14— Book reviews


U_Nu_smallTar Tei Sa Nay Thar (A child born on Saturday)
Nga Doe Sar Pay (Yangon, Myanmar), 2012.
—Nyein Chan
“Why did People Kill People?” (Hito ha Naze Hito wo Koroshita?)
By Funakoshi Mika.
(2013.Tokyo: Mainichi Shinbunsha)
—Sato Nao
comic_books_smallDjinah 1965, Years of Silence, bagian I (first part)
By Evans Poton.
(Jakarta: Menara Warungku, IKJ-TIM, Interrographic, 2011), and:Sepenggal Catatan Merah, Sebuah Komik tentang Tragedi Mei 1998 (A red note’s fragment, a comic book on the Tragedy of May 1998) By Hendra Bhakti. (Jakarta: Grafiti Sosial, Gema INTI, Aikon, 2013)
—Yerry Wirawan
Myanmar_cover_smallMyanma no Kuni to Tami: Nichimen Hikaku Sonraku Syakairon no Kokoromi
(State and People in Myanmar: A Comparative Study of Rural Societies in Japan and Myanmar)
By Akio Takahashi. Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 2012
—Tomoko Fuda
Bobby_smallDaily Life in Mindanao
Photo Essay by Bobby Timonera
—Bobby Timonera

In Issue 14 of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, we started to publish a ‘feature’ article from an up-and-coming young academic under the umbrella of Young Academic’s Voice (YAV). The following are YAV articles from Issue 14:

Prioritising Social Growth in Singapore
The 5th Cambodia elections: a turning point for the democratic process
Tamnan Krasue – Constructing a Khmer Ghost for a Thai Film
Tamnan Krasue – Constructing a Khmer Ghost for a Thai Film
The Decline of a Presidency?
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her discontents



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