ASEAS 12(1) published!

ASEAS' editorial team is pleased to announce the online publication of our current issue!

ASEAS 12(1) features a thematically open issue on recent developments in Southeast Asia, ranging from qualitative case studies to wider socio-economic, political, and cultural dynamics in the region. The articles cover developments in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, but the analyses transcend national borders and also discuss, for example, the rising influence of China in Southeast Asia.


Dealing with historical events that shape current societies, Hakimul IkhwanVissia Ita Yulianto, and Gilang Desti Parahita focus on the 1965 anticommunist killings in Indonesia. They discuss the role of new media, especially YouTube, in confronting the dominant narrative of the events happening in the aftermath of September 1965. Following up on the previous issue ASEAS 11(2) on forced migration, two articles provide detailed case studies on different types of migration in Southeast Asia. Prasert Rangkla explores the experiences of Burmese migrants returning from Thailand and seeking a better life in recently transitioning Myanmar. Janina Puder focuses on labor migration from Indonesia to Malaysia’s oil palm plantations. In a qualitative case study, she analyses the implications of Malaysia’s alleged shift towards a bioeconomy on the migrant plantation workers in Sabah, East Malaysia. In another qualitative case study, Dodi Widiyanto analyses the phenomenon of farmers’ markets in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Apart from traditional and modern markets, he identifies them as a third wave of food markets in Indonesia and focuses especially on the meanings of local and healthy food. In line with the focus on the political economy of new authoritarianism in ASEAS 11(1), David J. H. Blake discusses the shift towards stricter authoritarianism in Cambodia over the recent years. He borrows the concept of a “hydraulic society” from Karl August Wittfogel to analyze the interlinkages between infrastructure projects and authoritarian rule under Hun Sen as a satellite hydraulic state of China. Also dealing with the rising influence of China in Southeast Asia, Jakub Hrubý and Tomáš Petrů investigate China’s cultural diplomacy in Malaysia during the premiership of Najib Razak from 2015 to 2018. Their article shows an intricate pattern of networks, involving both Chinese and Malaysian, state, semi-state, and non-state actors, whose interests converge and overlap with the aims of Chinese cultural diplomacy. Focusing on economic and financial trends in the region, Hong-Kong T. NguyenViet-Ha T. NguyenThu-Trang VuongManh-Tung Ho, and Quan-Hoang Vuong present a review on the rising indebtedness of the emerging economy of Vietnam, with a special focus on household debt and non-financial corporations. Finally, Ralph Chan and Joshua Makalintal contribute a review of the German-language Handbuch Philippinen for an international community.

Enjoy reading!


Call for papers: ASEAS 13(1) - Tourism and the SDGs

The upcoming issue ASEAS 13(1) features a focus on tourism’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Southeast Asia.

Guest editors: Claudia Dolezal & Alexander Trupp

Submission deadline: 31. July 2019

For more information, please read the full call for papers on SEAS website!