Issue 6

Understanding the Situation in the South as a “Millenarian Revolt”

         The Protagonists are the “Small People”  It is difficult to deny that the situation in southern Thailand this year [Ed: 2004] is a social movement numbering hundreds of people. 1 If we include those people who have lent their support to the operations, that number might reach a thousand or more. I am not interested in who led such a large-scale social movement, who the [...]

Walking on Yogya

         TRAVEL WARNING – INDONESIA, United States Department of State, April 10, 2003. This Travel Warning is being issued to remind U.S. citizens of the ongoing security threats in Indonesia. … As security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists will seek softer targets. These may include facilities where Americans are known to live, congregate, or visit, especially [...]

A Friendship, Some Mediated Imaginations, and Religiosity in Java/Elsewhere

         Jumpa Lagi I have been coming to Indonesia for over twenty years, and for twelve of those years I’ve been involved in research as a cultural anthropologist on the island of Java, in the city of Yogyakarta (Yogya). In summer 2002 I was back for another visit, and an old friend that I’ve known both professionally and personally stopped by the house on the southside of Yogya [...]

Re-Opening the Debate on Malaysian Elections

The following essays are based on the analyses and findings of the IKMAS Electoral System Research Project (Phase I) and the Phase II survey of “Voters’s Perceptions on National Issues, Economic Optimism, Education Corruption and Political Participation” carried out in late December 2003. Findings were first made public on 24 February 2004. The IKMAS project aimed to analyze the electoral [...]

Elections Are Like Water

         Elections are like water, missed only in its absence For the overwhelming majority of Filipinos who have no recollection of life before martial law, elections are like water – a requisite for political life, as essential for the body politic as water is for the human body. For the older generation, too, elections are like water – but as they view the arid desert that is our [...]

Middle Classes Prompting Change in the Political Landscape of East Asia

The year 2004 was an an election year in East Asia. In March, Chen Shui-bian was re-elected president of Taiwan by a narrow margin. In Malaysia, the ruling coalition National Front, led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, coasted to a landslide victory in a lower house election held the same month. In Indonesian parliamentary elections in April, Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian [...]

Statesmen or Manager? The Image and Reality of Leadership in Southeast Asia

Transcript of a Forum jointly sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’s Bangkok Liaison Office, and Chulalongkorn University’s Political Economy Centre of the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Political Science, April 2, 2004. Panelists Benedict Anderson, Cornell University Vedi Hadiz, National University of Singapore Paul Hutchccroft, University of Wisconsin-Madison [...]