IT and the Study of History

Historians in increasing numbers have enthusiastically embraced information technology as a new tool of their trade. It is not unlike a pencil and eraser, a notepad, a typewriter, a calculator, a tape recorder, a camera, a microfilm viewer, and a xerox machine – each quite a radical innovation in its time – all rolled into one. As a research tool, the advantages of using IT for the study of [...]

The Rekidai Hoan: Documents of the Ryukyu Kingdom

A published translation from Japanese by the Editorial Office of Rekidai Hoan, Okinawa Archives, Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education, March 2003.)  Origin of the Diplomatic Documents of the Ryukyu Kingdom A 444-Year Record (1414-1867) The current Rekidai Hoan represents a fraction of the original archive compiled under the auspices of the Ryukyu Kingdom. While incomplete, the surviving [...]

Wu Xiao An on Centers for Chinese Studies in Southeast Asia

Two important local research centers provide Southeast Asian historians with important field access, foundations for further research, well-documented local knowledge, and well-informed social networks – the Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies in Kuala Lumpur and the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore. As communal or heritage initiatives, Chinese studies in Malaysia and Singapore have been [...]

Rusli Amran and the Rewriting of Minangkabau History

Rather than review Rusli Amran’s five books on West Sumatran history, this essay will serve as a brief introduction to Minangkabauist historical debates among so-called amateur historians in Indonesia. (All titles are given in English translation. See Reference list for Indonesian citations.) Most Indonesianists are familiar with the writings of Taufik Abdullah, Deliar Noer, Alfian, Harsja [...]