Issue 20

Mobile / immobile bodies: recollections of growing up in times of upheaval

Reports and images broadcast in international news media on the “the refugee crisis” and particularly the exodus of Syrian men, women, and children escaping their country’s civil war over the past several months have elicited memories of another large-scale flight when some forty years ago hundreds of thousands of Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese people left their countries in the aftermath of [...]

Badan Yang Bergerak/Tidak Bergerak: Ingatan Yang Tumbuh Di Masa Pergolakan

Siaran laporan dan gambar di media berita internasional tentang “krisis pengungsi” dan khususnya pelarian penduduk Suriah pria, wanita dan anak-anak yang melarikan diri dari perang sipil yang terjadi di negara mereka selama beberapa bulan terakhir ini telah mengingatkan akan pelarian dalam jumlah besar ketika empat puluh tahun lalu ratusan ribu penduduk Kamboja, Laos dan Vietnam meninggalkan [...]

Parasites’ Paradise: The Erasure of Memory in Dang Nhat Minh’s ‘The House of Guava (Mùa ỏ̂i)’

Memory, mourning, and melancholia figure prominently in the films of Dang Nhat Minh, Vietnam’s national film director and scriptwriter. Born in Hue in 1938, Dang studied in the Soviet Union where he was introduced to filmmaking (Cohen, 2001). His state-funded oeuvre – including When the Tenth Month Comes (1984), Nostalgia for the Countryside (1995), The Girl of the River (1987), and Don’t [...]

Benalu-benalu Surga: Penghapusan Kenangan dalam film The House of Guava (Mùa ỏ̂i) karya Dang Nhat Minh

Kenangan, kesedihan, dan tokoh melankolis ditonjolkan dalam berbagai film Vietnam. Lahir di Hue pada tahun 1938, Dang belajar di Uni Soviet tempat ia diperkenalkan ke pembuatan film (Cohen, 2001). Hasil kerjanya yang didanai oleh pemerintah – termasuk When the Tenth Month Comes (1984), Nostalgia for the Countryside (1995), The Girl of the River (1987), and Don’t Burn (2009) – yang umumnya [...]

REVIEW— Basagan ng Trip: Complaints About Philippine Culture and Politics

Basagan ng Trip makes theorizing and “discourse” chic. In the Preface, Lisandro E. Claudio notes that “Walang basagan ng trip” mirrors an “anti-critic tradition in Philippine arts” (p. ix). Through this lens, the Filipino psyche encourages creation and discourages criticism as this ruins the vibe of the imaginative process that produces something new. [...]

REVIEW— Mata Hati Kita, The Eyes of Our Hearts

Mata Hati Kita, The Eyes of Our HeartsCompiled by: Angela M. Kuga Thas and Jac SM Kee Petaling Jaya: Gerakbudaya Enterprise, 2016, 142 pages The recent widespread impression that religion, especially Islam, is to blame for the policing of sexuality in Malaysia is associated with the fact that two trends, Islamization and increasingly tightened regulation of bodies, have obviously been running [...]

REVIEW— Muhammadiyah Jawa

Muhammadiyah JawaAuthor: Ahmad Najib BurhaniYogyakarta: Suara Muhammadiyah, 2016. 184 pages   A Muslim organization in Javanese culture Muhammadiyah Jawa is an important work written on historical development of Muhammadiyah, an Islamic organization established in 1912. It is written by Najib Burhani – himself is a prominent young Muslim intellectual, based on his Master thesis submitted [...]

REVIEW— 从文化视角看大湄公河次区域合作《评大湄公河次区域五国文化发展的体制机制研究》

从文化视角看大湄公河次区域合作《评大湄公河次区域五国文化发展的体制机制研究》 (Viewing GMS Economic Cooperation from Cultural Horizon: Review on Study on Mechanism of Cultural Development of 5 Countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region) 王士录 (Shilu Wang) Publisher: Yunnan Publishing Group and Yunnan People’s Publishing House, 2011 As there has been an [...]

Memory Thickness: Presenting Southeast Asian Pasts

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. [...]

REVIEW— On Five Short Films by Wregas Bhanuteja

EVERYONE IS AN ISLAND Wregas Bhanuteja became (social)-media sensation in Indonesia this year because of winning a Cannes 2016 award with his Prenjak (2016). His 12 minute story about a young woman sold overpriced matches to her fellow male worker in a noodle restaurant. The matches were for light so he could peek her vagina under the table. But after the transaction, the guy reversed the [...]