Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia. Issue 4 (October 2003). Regional Economic Integration


As Southeast Asia adjusts to China’s emergence as a major market economy, economic integration is proceeding quickly via bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. We believe it is crucial that a socially informed regional dialogue about economic governance develop in step with the quickening flow of capital, goods, and labor. There is also a tremendous gap between the work of professional economists and the NGOs that deal with the human costs of economic change. Bridging this gap would go far toward developing such a dialogue.

We cannot hope to do justice to this topic in one issue. We have therefore chosen to emphasize two overlapping aspects of economic integration: the migration of labor within the region and Japan’s economic ties with Southeast Asia. Other highlights include a major assessment of the postwar Philippine economy, a critique of Mahathir Mohamad’s economic legacy, and two visions of Thailand’s economic future.

In this issue we also introduce Renditions – translations of longer or less accessible writing from the region. The first in this series is the work of Indonesian journalist Chik Rini, who writes about doing journalism in Aceh’s war zones. Finally, we bring you news of fresh regional journals in Books of Note.

Donna Amoroso
Editor, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia


philippines_economyAn Assessment of the Philippine Economy

Short abstract in English

By Germelino M. Bautista         
economic_crisisMalaysian Chinese Business: Who Survived the Crisis?

Short abstract in English

By Lee Kam Hing and Lee Poh Ping         
overseas_filipino_workersOverseas Filipino Workers, Labor Circulation in Southeast Asia, and the (Mis)management of Overseas Migration Programs

Short abstract in English

 By Odine de Guzman          
 Human_traffickingRecent Research on Human Trafficking in Mainland Southeast Asia

Short abstract in English

 By Supang Chantavanich           


Mahathir_economic_legacyMahathir’s Economic Legacy
By Jomo K.S.  
japan_aseanEconomic Partnerships with ASEAN Members are Necessary
By Takashi Shiraishi  
dam_sunset_sumatraSumatran Villagers Sue Japan over ODA Dam
 By Amanda Suutari  
economy_public_perceptionsPublic Perceptions of Indonesia’s Crisis
By Yasmin Sungkar  
Murder_AcehMadness at Simpang Kraft: How Indonesian Journalists Witnessed the Murder of Acehnese Civilians
 By Chik Rini   —RENDITIONS  


economic_regionalizationEconomic Regionalization in East Asia
 By Urata Shujiro  
vietnam_growthWill Vietnam’s Growth Last?
By  Kenichi Ohno   
Thai_economy_ThaksinThailand’s Positioning in a New Global Economic Paradigm


By  Olarn Chaipravat  
sufficiency_economyThe Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy
 By Medhi Krongkaew
Indonesian_migrant_workersIndonesian Migrant Workers in Japan: Typology and Human Rights
 By Haning Romdiati
 helping_migrant_workers_japanFocus on: NGOs Helping Migrant Workers in Japan
 By Writers, Kyoto Review
japan_culture-export Japanese Government Support for Cultural Exports
 By Nissim Otmazgin
 Mekong_globalizationWill the Mekong Survive Globalization?
 By Charnvit Kasetsiri
 Moneylenders_PhilippinesThe “Bombay 5-6”: Last Resource Informal Financiers for Philippine Micro-Enterprises
 By Mari Kondo



Phil-Econ-smallThe Philippine Economy: Development, Policies, and Challenges
Arsenio Balisacan and Hal Hill, editors
Quezon City / Ateneo University Press / 2003

By Eric Batalla   


Indonesian Politics and Society: A Reader
David Bourchier and Vedi Hadiz, editors
London and New York / RoutledgeCurzon / 2003


By Patrick Jory

Wahyu_1_smallLocal Power and Politics in Indonesia: Decentralisation and Democratisation
Edward Aspinall and Greg Fealy, editors
Singapore / Institute of Southeast Asain Studies / 2003

Indonesia’s Population: Ethnicity and Religion in a Changing Political Landscape
Leo Suryadinata, Evi N. Arifin, and Aris Ananta, editors
Singapore / Institute of Southeast Asain Studies / 2003

By Wahyu Prasetyawan

ISAs_smallIDEAs— International Development Economics Associates

Writers, Kyoto Review


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