Essays on Southeast Asia
Compiles 13 articles relating to ASEAN Socio-cultural issues. Mentions common experience, history, culture, politics, and language similarity among ASEAN members. Reflects Thai and Cambodian language education among Cambodian migrants in Thailand and virgin girl prostitutes in Cambodia. Presents Vietnam’s movement, including historical education, Vietnamese attitudes towards China in their history curriculum, struggling for homosexual marriage legislation, hawkers as a cultural trademark of Vietnam. Mentions a topic on marriage for business purposed among oversea Chinese communities in Thailand and Singapore. Discusses about political and nationalism issues, namely Singapore’s independence, democracy on ethno-politics in Malaysia, Siamese nationalist writings towards neighboring countries, peace talk for insurgencies in Thailand’s southern provinces and the Philippines’ Mindanao, as well as ‘Mandala’ political system and kingship in ancient Southeast Asia.