CSEAS Digital News Issue 24 – 2023/12/20 | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


CSEAS Digital News Issue 24 – 2023/12/20


Dear friends and colleagues,

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University is pleased to announce the launch of a monthly internal newsletter. This will be sent out on a monthly basis and include updates on activities, research meetings, events, new publications and podcasts.

December 2023 issue includes:

    1. Announcements and Highlights
    2. Upcoming Events
    3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press
    4. Podcasts in Japanese: “Book Talk on Asia”
    5. Past Events

Thank you and regards,

The Public Relations Committee, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

 1. Announcements and Highlights

【December Get Together】
・The monthly welcome and farewell party, Get Together, will be held on Thursday, December 21, from 12:30 pm at the Small meeting room 2 (on the 3rd floor of the Inamori bldg). Please join us and have an opportunity to enjoy small talk.
    We have updated the visiting scholars’ web page. Please check here.

【New Guest Research Associate】
・Musab Bin Sahrim (Artificial Intelligence): CSEAS welcome Musab Bin Sahrim as Guest Scholar on December 1.
・Lily Hanefarezan Binti Asbulah (Language and Lingusitics, Education): CSEAS welcome Lily Hanefarezan Binti Asbulah as Distinguished Visiting Senior Lecturer in Kyoto University Research Coordination Alliance Data-oriented Area Studies Unit (DASU) on December 1.
・Songphan Choemprayong (Information and Library Science): CSEAS welcome Songphan Choemprayong as Visiting Research Scholar on January 1, 2024.
・Erminia Colucci (Visual Psychology, Cultural and Global Mental Health): CSEAS welcome Erminia Colucci as Visiting Research Scholar on January 1, 2024.
・Mark Richard Thompson (East Asian politics): CSEAS welcome Mark Richard Thompson as Visiting Research Scholar on January 8, 2024.

Visitor’s Voice】We asked our fellows about their research, future ambitions, and more.

TANKEN Video】Two new 5-minute videos have been added to the “CSEAS TANKEN Video” series. These short videos focus on keywords or exploring new research topics while highlighting different viewpoints and issues.
    1. Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) (Main Cast: Prof. R. Michael Feener)
    2. Fukuoka Prize 2023 Award Commemorative Interview: Message to young people from a historian (Main Cast: Dr. Thongchai Winichakul)
    A number of videos are available to promote the appeal of area studies. Please take a look! They can also be used as teaching materials.

【Annual Report】CSEAS Report 2023/2024 and leaflet are now in PDF format from the links below.

【Newsletter】New website launched. We have integrated both English and Japanese newsletters and will distribute them on the web on the second Wednesday of every month, simultaneously in English and Japanese, with articles such as “Notes from the Field” (research introductions), interviews, reports, introductions of new staff members, “Letter from the Kamogawa River” (book introductions), and library columns.
    English site / Japanese site

【New Videos】Videos introducing the Center are now available. Please use the three videos, “Area Studies at Kyoto University: Characteristics and Challenges,” “Academic Diversity of CSEAS,” and “Publication Activities and International Networks,” in your educational, research, and exchange activities.

2. Upcoming Events

    22 December 2023, 6 pm –
    Venue: Former Kyoto Prize Library, 1st Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Title: Blazing Saddles (Director: Mel Brooks, 1974)

CSEAS Book Launch & Discussion: Packaged Food, Packaged Life: Corporate Food in Metro Manila Slums
    24 January 2024, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University) / Online (Zoom)
    Speaker: Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya (Institute of Social Theory and Dynamics in Hiroshima)
    Discussant: Walden Bello (International Adjunct Professor, State University of New York)
    Moderator: Mario Ivan Lopez (CSEAS)

・The Memorial Final Lectures by Prof. Yasuyuki Kono and Prof. Yoko Hayami
    22 March 2024, Friday (afternoon)
    Venue: Shiranakaikan and Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University

3. Publications: Hot off the CSEAS Press

【Latest Issue/ Forthcoming】
・Vol. 12, Supplementary Issue of Southeast Asian Studies published on 15 December 2023.
Website / J-STAGE
    Vol. 12 No. 3 will be on 26 December 2023.

【Latest Issue】
・Vol. 61, No. 1 of Japanese Journal of Southeast Asian Studies on 31 July 2023.
    In this issue, two articles, a review article, and four book reviews are included. The full text is available on our website, KURENAI, and J-STAGE.

【Latest Issue】
Special issue (36) titled “Social Media and Youths in Southeast Asia and Japan: An Instrument for Political Change?” of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is out on September 1, 2023. In this issue, Pavin Chachavalpongpun serves as guest editor.
    Five book reviews are also available.

【New Article】
・TRENDSETTERS column “Thaksin’s Checkmate and the Unravelling of Thailand’s Constitutional Order” by Prem Singh Gill, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia on December 1, 2023.

【Latest Issue】CSEAS monthly newsletter released on December 13. This month we have posted three articles.
    [Report] “Immutability amid Silence and Crises: Thai Historian Thongchai Winichakul Reflects on Thailand’s Legal System” by Yoko Hayami
    [Notes from the Field] “A Death in Northern Mindanao: A Place Without Leviathan” by Kisho Tsuchiya
    [Letter from the Kamogawa River] “Some Memorable Encounters with Fabulous Books” by Yoko Hayami

【New Article】Tadashi Yamashita, Pham Nguyen Quy, Emi Nogami, Erina Seto-Suh, Chika Yamada, Saori Iwamoto, Kyoko Shimazawa, and Kenji Kato. Depression and anxiety symptoms among Vietnamese migrants in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tropical Medicine and Health 51, 59 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41182-023-00542-8
    Chika Yamada (CSEAS) co-authored the article, which examines the current mental health status of Vietnamese migrants in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tadashi Yamashita (Kobe City College of Nursing), the article’s first author, received the 2023 Research Encouragement Award from the Japan Society for Global Health.

【New Article】Pavin Chachavalpongpun, “An Unreconciled Gap: Thailand’s Human Rights Foreign Policy versus Its Lèse-majesté Crisis,” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs 7 (1): 31–45.

Kisho Tsuchiya, Emplacing East Timor: The Cycle of Regime Change and Knowledge Production, 1860-2010, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2024.

Ueda, Kaoru and Azuma, Eiichiro (eds), Japanese America on the Eve of the Pacific War: An Untold History of the 1930s, Hoover Institution Press, 2024.
    Toshihiko Kishi (CSEAS) contributed Chapter 5 “Perceptions of the 1930s in Local Japanese American Newspapers in Hawai’i: The Nikkei Community and Japan as Portrayed in the Maui Shinbun.”

Georges Tamer (ed.), Handbook of Qurʾānic Hermeneutics Vol. 4: Qur’ānic Hermeneutics in the 19th and 20th Century, De Gruyter, 2024.
    Majid Daneshgar (CSEAS) contributed chapters on “Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Iskandarānī” and “Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī.”

4. Podcasts in Japanese: “Book Talk on Asia”

    In this program, the Editorial Office, CSEAS will introduce the latest books on Asia twice a month. The authors will be invited to talk about the contents and background of their books.
    Soundcloud / YouTube

【Forthcoming】Book Talk on Asia No. 76 (27 December 2023) Huangyan Zheng, Toshika no Chugoku seiji: Tochi torihiki no tenkai to tagenka suru shakai (Who Benefits? The Politics of Land Transactions in China’s Urbanisation), The University of Nagoya Press, 2023 (in Japanese)
    Book information 

【New!】Book Talk on Asia No. 75 (13 December 2023) Takashi Torii (ed.), Mareshia wo shiru tameno 58 sho (Learn about Malaysia in Chapter 58), Akashishoten, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTubeBook information

・Book Talk on Asia No. 74 (22 November 2023) Toru Ito, Shinko taikoku Indo no kodogenri: Dokuji riarizumu gaiko no yukue (The Principles of Behaviour of the Emerging  Power India: Direction of Peculiar Realism Diplomacy), Keio University Press, 2020  and Indo no shotai: “Mirai no taikoku” no kyo to jitu (The True Nature of India: The Fiction and Reality of a ‘Future Great Power’), Chuko Shinsho La Clet, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information 1 & 2

・Book Talk on Asia No. 73 (8 November 2023) Biriyani Taro, Miwaku no supaisu gohan: Biriyani (Biryani), Jiyukokuminsha, 2023 (in Japanese).
    SoundCloud / YouTube / Book information

・Book Talk on Asia No. 72 (25 October 2023) Toru Otani, Chugoku no shinigami (Chinese God of Death), Seikyusha, 2023 (in Japanese).
   SoundCloud / YouTubeBook information

5. Past Events

A Back-to-Back Philippines Seminar Special
    December 18 Monday, 4 – 6 pm & 19 Tuesday, 2 – 4 pm
    Day 1 @ Seminar Room (213)
    Speaker: Patricio N. Abinales (Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University)
    Title: Duterte and the Crowd: Crime and Comedy in Philippine Politics
    Speaker: Ronald D. Holmes (De La Salle University)
    Title: There Is _ Honor among…: Why the Alliance Broke Too Early
    Day 2 @ Tonantei (Room 201)
    Speaker: Eri Kitada (Rutgers University-New Brunswick)
    Title: Work, Life, and Violence in Davao, the Philippines, 1906–1921
    Speaker: Patricio N. Abinales (Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University)
    Title: The Two Ferdinands – an Extended Note

Visual Documentary Project (VDP) 2023 Short Documentaries Screening
    16 December 2023, 1:30 – 6:00 pm
    Venue: Large Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Selected films:
 Against This Messy World (Director: AW See Wee / Malaysia)  
 No Laughing Matter (Director: Pe Maung Same / Myanmar)
 The Songs We Sing in a Different Land (Director: Inshallah P. Montero / Philippines (Portugal, Belgium, Hungary))
 Saya di Sini, Kau di Sana (a Tale of the Crocodile’s Twin) (Director: Taufiqurrahman Kifu / Indonesia)

Special Seminar on Indonesia
    13 December 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room (213), Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Speaker: Solahudin (IPAC / Visiting Research Scholar, CSEAS)
    Title: The Roots of ISIS in Indonesia

The 47th Southeast Asia Seminar
    7–14 December 2023
    Place: Mae Ramat, Tak, Thailand
    Theme: Health, Border, and Marginality: Toward Transdisciplinarity?
    Decha Tangseefa, Mieno Fumiharu, Yoko Hayami, Yoshihiro Nakanishi, Yalei Zhai, Chika Yamada, Tomoko Takahashi, and Yunxi Wu will participate the seminar from CSEAS.

Courtesy Visit from the Boston University
    6 December 2023

The 18th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IC-HUSO 2023): Applying Humanities and Social Sciences for a Sustainable Future
    27-28 November 2023
    Venue: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Khon Kaen University, Thailand
    Yoshimi Nishi (CSEAS) delivered a presentation titled “Reinterpreting the Vulnerability of Women in Indonesian Society: Sundel Bolong and Pocong in Indonesian Horror Films,” and Hiroyuki Yamamoto (CSEAS) titled “Sharing Views on Social Order and Fairness through Storytelling: The Appropriation of Hamlet in Popular Theatre in Malaya.”  

Kyoto University Asian Economic Development Seminar (AEDS)
    27 November 2023, 10:30 am –12:00 pm (JST)
    Venue: Seminar Room (Room 213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Paper 1: “Spatial Analysis of Inequality and Urbanization in Thailand” by Nattapong Puttanapong (Thammasat University)
    Paper 2: “Urban Inequality and Labor Market Dynamics in Bangkok by Tamaki Endo (Saitama University) and Thongchart Bowonthumrongchai (Srinakharinwirot University)

2023 Japan Association for Asian Studies (JAAS) Autumn Convention
    25 November 2023, 10 am – 8 pm
    Venue: Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Tomohiro Machikita (CSEAS) chaired the Plenary Session “Globalization and its Reversal: Evidence from the Semiconductor Industry in Asia,” Fumiharu Mieno  (CSEAS) chaired the Session 6 “Private Sector and Economic Growth.”  In the same session, Yuri Sato (Japan Foundation) presented an article co-authored by Tomohiro Machikita titled “Does Suppliers’ Relational Investment Ensure Sustained Growth? Evidence from Motorcycle Industry in Indonesia and Vietnam.”

・Unraveling the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Insights, Consequences, and Solutions
    24 November 2023, 10 am –12 pm (PST)
    Venue: Ateneo de Davao University
    Kisho Tsuchiya (CSEAS) will deliver a talk on “Comparatively Speaking: Conflicts in Palestine and Timor.”

・CSEAS Reading Group Roundtable Session
    22 November 2023, 4 – 6 pm
    Venue:  Seminar Room (213), 2nd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University
    Book titles & presenters:
 Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller (Tomohiro Machikita)
 The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi (Angie Kwan)
 Ghosts ปีศาจ by Seni Saowaphong (Lawrence Chua)
 Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-determination by Adom Getachew (Tomoko Takahashi)
  The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden (Youdiil Ophinni)
 Replacing the Dead: The Politics of Reproduction in the Postwar Soviet Union by Mie Nakachi (Chika Obiya)
 Wild: Tales from Early Medieval Britain by Amy Jeffs (Keith Taylor)
 The Wedger by David Grann (Olga Dror)
 The Rediscovery of America by Ned Blackhawk (Michael Feener)

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