SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentInternational Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year International Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year International Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Third Year
Course NameSeminar on Ethnic Development in Southeast Asia
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Class 1: Introduction


Class 2: Imagined Communities

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (New York: Verso, 2006), pp 141-206.

Roger Ballard, “Race, Ethnicity and Culture” in Martin Horborn (ed), New Direction in Sociology, (Ormskirk: Causeway, 2002), pp1-44.


Class 3: Situational Ethnicity

Ines M. Miyares, “Local Culture in Hawaii,” Geographical Review, vol. 98 No 4 (Oct 2008), 513-531.

Douglas M. Stayman and Rohit Deshpande, “Ethnicity and Consumer Behavior,” Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Dec., 1989), pp. 361-371


Class 4: Religion and Ethnicity

Nathan J. Kelly and Jana Morgan Kelly, “Religion and Latino Partisanship in the United States,” Political Research Quarterly 58, No 1, 87-95

M. Hakan Yavuz, “Five stages of the construction of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey,”

Nationalism & Ethnic Politics 7, no. 3 (2001), 1-24.


Class 5: Ethnic Politics

Nelson Kasfir, “Explaining Ethnic Political Participation,” World Politics 31, No 3 (April 1979), 378-385.

Milton J. Esman, “Ethnic Politics and Economic Power,” Comparative Politics, Vol 19, No 4, 395-418.


Class 6: Foucauldian Approaches

G. Burchell, “Peculiar Interest: Civil society and Governing ‘the System of Natural Liberty.” In Burchell, G. Gordon, C. and Miller, P. eds. The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992) 119-151

M. Foucault, “Governmentality.” In Burchell, G. Gordon, C. and Miller, P. eds. The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992) 87-104

Colin. Gordon, “Governmental Rationality: An Introduction.” In Burchell, G. Gordon, C. and Miller, P. eds. The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992) 1-52.


Class 7: the Philippines

Paul A. Kramer, “Race-Making and Colonial Violence in the U.S. Empire,” Diplomatic History, Vol 30, no 2, 169-210.

Kazuya Yamamoto, “Nation-Building and Integration Policy in the Philippines” Journal of Peace Research, Vol 44, No 2, pp 195-213.


Class 8: Myanmar

Ian Holliday, “National Unity Struggles in Myanmar,” Asian Survey, Vol 47, No 3, 374-392.

Ian Holliday, Maw Htun Aung and Cindy Joelene, “Institution Building in Myanmar,” Asian Survey, Vol 55, No 4, 641-664. 


Class 9: Thailand

Michael R. Rhum, “Modernity and Tradition in Thailand” Modern Asian Studies, Vol 30, No 2, 325-355.

Frederic C. Deyo, “Ethnicity and Work Culture in Thailand: A Comparison of Thai and

Thai-Chinese White-Collar Workers” Journal of Asian Studies, Vol 34, No 4, 995-1015.

Wen-Chin Chang, “From War Refugees to Immigrants: The Case of the KMT Yunnanese Chinese in Northern Thailand,” The International Migration Review, Vol 35, No 4 (winter 2001), 1086-1105


Class 10: Quiz


Class 11: Indonesia I

Peter Dauvergne, “The Politics of Deforestation in Indonesia,” Pacific Affairs, Vol 66 No 4 (Winter 1993), 497-518.

David Henley and Jamie S. Davidson, “In the Name of Adat: Regional Perspectives on Reform, Tradition, and Democracy in Indonesia” Modern Asian Studies, Vol 42, No 4, (July 2008), 815-852.


Class 12: Indonesia II

Alison M. Buttenheim and Jenna Nobles, “Ethnic diversity, traditional norms, and marriage behaviour in Indonesia,” Population Studies, Vol 63, No 3 (Nov 2009), 277-294.

Rizal Sukma, “Indonesia-China Relations: The Politics of Re-engagement,” Asia Survey, Vol 49, No 4, 591-608.

Shichi Mike Lan, “’Crime’ of interpreting: Taiwanese interpreters as war criminals of the Second World War”


Class 13: Malaysia I

Judith Strauch, “Multiple Ethnicities in Malaysia: The Shifting Relevance of Alternative Chinese Categories,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol 15, No 2 (1981), 235-260.

Viswanathan Selvaratnam, “Ethnicity, Inequality, and Higher Education in Malaysia” Comparative Education Review, Vol 32, No 2 (May 1988), 173-196.


Class 14: Malaysia II

Charles Hirschman, “The Meaning and Measurement of Ethnicity in Malaysia: An Analysis of Census Classifications,” Comparative Education Review, Vol 46, No 3 (August 1987), 555-582.

Kamal Sadiq, “When States Prefer Non-Citizens over Citizens: Conflict over Illegal Immigration into Malaysia,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol 49, No 1 (March 2005), 101-122.


Class 15: Singapore I

Jianli Huang and Lysa Hong, “Chinese Diasporic Culture and National Identity: The Taming of the Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol 41, No1, 41-76.

Eugene K. B. Tan, “Re-Engaging Chineseness: Political, Economic and Cultural Imperatives of Nation-Building in Singapore,” The China Quarterly, No 175 (Sep 2003), 751-774.


Class 16: Singapore II

Lee Tong Soon, Chinese Theatre, Confucianism, and Nationalism: Amateur Chinese Opera Tradition in Singapore, Asian Theatre Journal, Vol 24, No 2 (Fall 2007), 397-421.

Hussin Mutalib, “The Singapore Minority Dilemma,” Asian Survey, Vol. 51, No. 6 (December 2011), pp. 1156-1171.


Class 17: Student Presentations


Class 18: Quiz and Final Paper Submission

Teaching Methods
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Class Participation 20%

In-class quizzes 20%

Presentation 20%

Final Paper 40%

Class participation includes attendance and in-class discussion. Every student must make a 10-20 minute presentation, which is essentially the proposal of his/her final paper (of less than 20 pages), before the end of this semester. Students must discuss presentation/paper topic with the instructor every week and make decision before the end of 9th week and distribute the summary (of no more than one page) to the class before their speeches. Readings, discussions, independent researches, and teaching materials are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

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