Regional Identities in Southeast Asia
Contemporary Challenges, Historical Fractures
- PUBLISHED: August 2023
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Anthropology
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 484 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 21 b&w illus., 9 tables, 7 maps
- ISBN: 9786162151903
- Publisher: Silkworm Books
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is a community of multiple identities. Over time, its citizens' loyalties were formed around national and transnational frameworks involving ethnic, religious, and ideological affinities. In the post-independence period, they were affected by decolonization, nation-building, the Cold War, globalization, and China’s rise. As a result, the region is emerging as a confluence of competing and overlapping identities.
In recent years, new collective imaginations about the region's future have appeared, committing member states to directions beyond the politico-economic realm. Yet there is a risk that more exclusive visions, based on national, religious, ethnic, or other allegiances, will hold sway.
This book unpacks these competing identities. Rich in ethnographic and historical material, it examines identities shaped by generational markers, transnational linkages, and shared experiences of violence.
Authors & Contributors
Jayeel Cornelio is associate professor of development studies and associate dean for research and creative work at Ateneo de Manila University. He is author of Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion. Volker Grabowsky is professor of Thai studies at the Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg. He is coauthor of several books on the history and culture of Tai ethnic groups, including translations and analyses of Tai Lü works such as Chronicles of Chiang Khaeng.