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The Newsletter 75 Autumn 2016

The Newsletter 75 Autumn 2016

Does language equal ethnicity in Burma?

This Focus moves forward a long-stalled reconsideration to argue that the relationship between language, ethnicity, and identity in Burma is not necessarily set in stone. Rather, language may be one element informing an ongoing process that various groups engage in to define themselves in relation to others.


1.......... Cover download PDF
2.......... Contents download PDF
3.......... From the Director download PDF

The Study

4 - 5

New urban proletariat. Why town development needs pastoralists 
By Emilia Roza Sulek
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6 - 7

The Green March brings forth the desert treasures. Japanese cooperation and Morocco's south-Atlantic fishing
By Mayuka Tanabe
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8 - 9

The Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area. Contestation among the stakeholders
By Xiaomei ZHAO
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10 - 11

Social protection and regional migration governance. Some insights from ASEAN
By Elisa Fornalé
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Heritage and political change in Indonesia
By Tod Jones
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The Exhibition


Moving Cambodia
By Jaskiran Dhillon, Radhika Subramaniam and Miriam Ticktin
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The Interlocuter

14 - 15

Being human in the world. Towards alternative pedagogies
By Aarti Kawlra and Françoise Vergès
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The Region

News from South East Asia
The following articles come from ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC). The ASC is devoted to research on issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. ASC conducts studies and provides inputs and ideas to ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat on issues and events that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses, especially those pertinent to building the ASEAN Community.


Pentecostal megachurches in Southeast Asia
By Terence Chong
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16 - 17

Counting souls: numbers and mega-worship in the global Christian network of Indonesia
By En-Chieh Chao
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The indigenisation of megachurch Christianity: Jesus is Lord in the Philippines
By Jayeel Serrano Cornelio
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Reaching the city of Kuala Lumpur and beyond: being a Pentecostal megachurch in Malaysia
By Jeaney Yip
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News from Northeast Asia
Since 2009, the Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC) has been proposing new contents and perspectives on Asia by integrating regional and thematic research across Asia. SNUAC seeks to be the leading institution for research and scholarly exchanges. The center features three regional centers, the Korean Social Science Data Archive (KOSSDA), and seven thematic research programs. By fostering ‘expansion’ and ‘layering’ between Asian studies and Korean studies, the Center endeavors to shape new frameworks of Asian studies that go beyond a ‘Western-non-Western’ dichotomy. The Center will continue to support the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the study of Asia by providing opportunities to conduct international collaboration on an array of topics in Asia research. For further information please visit:


History and hybridity of East Asian food culture
By KIM Chong Min
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18 - 19

Formation of Japanese-Western fusion cuisine in Modern Japan
By Seejae LEE
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19 - 20

Imperialism and colonialism in the food industry in East Asia: focusing on instant Ramen
By Young-ha JOO
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Chinese food: basic theories and diverse realities
By Rongguang ZHAO
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China Connections

Asia Research Center at Fudan University
Founded in March 2002, the Asia Research Center at Fudan University (ARC-FDU) is one of the achievements of the cooperation of Fudan and the Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS). Throughout the years, the center has been working tirelessly to promote Asian Studies, including hosting conferences and supporting research projects. ARC-FDU keeps close connections with the ARCs in mainland China and many institutes abroad.

Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai
The Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai serves as the hub within the NYU Global Network University system to promote the study of Asian interactions and comparisons, both historical and contemporary. The overall objective of the Center is to provide global societies with information on the contexts for the reemerging connections between the various parts of Asia through research and teaching. Collaborating with institutions across the world, the Center seeks to play a bridging role between existing Asian studies knowledge silos. It will take the lead in drawing connections and comparisons between the existing fields of Asian studies, and stimulating new ways of understanding Asia in a globalized world.

21....... Islam in China
By Lena Scheen
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Who were the Hui? The first empire-wide investigation of Hui communities in Qing China
By Meng Wei
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22....... Shadian’s Muslim communities and trans-local connectivities: observations from the field
By Hyeju (Janice) JEONG
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22 - 23 Islam in contemporary China: an overview
By Jianping WANG
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23....... Snapshots of Sino-Muslim students living in Egypt
By Shuang WEN
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The Review

24 - 25

Pakistan clarified
By Kristoffel Lieten
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24 - 25

Electoral dynamics in Indonesia
By Kevin Evans
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26 - 27

From the other side of the fence: Two new books about Bali
By Graeme MacRae
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26 - 27

Images of the Canton factories
By Hope Marie Childers
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28........ The ICAS 10 Asian Studies Book Fair download PDF

44 - 45 New reviews and titles on download PDF

The Focus: Does language equal ethnicity in Burma?

29 - 31

Contextualizing language and ethnicity in the study of Burma
By Patrick McCormick
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32 - 33

Tai identity in Myanmar and beyond
By Mathias Jenny
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34 - 35

Linguistic convergence within the ‘Kachin’ languages
By André Müller
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36 - 37

Orthography and vernacular media: the case of Jinghpaw-Kachin 
By Keita Kurabe and Masao Imamura
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Palaung orthographies: writing and the politics of ethnicity in Shan State
By Takahiro Kojima
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Palaung language and identity
By Rachel Weymuth
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40 - 41

A tale of two dictionaries: discovering, decoding and deliberating diversity
By Nathan Badenoch
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42 - 43

Hierarchy and contact: re-evaluating the Burmese dialects
By Patrick McCormick
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The Network

46......... AUP Publications download PDF

47......... IIAS Announcements download PDF
2017 will be the Leiden Asia Year
The mind envisioned through creativity: Chinese outsider art at the Outsider Art Museum


Urban Knowledge Network Asia – An update
By Gien San Tan
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Mike Douglass and UKNA: Envisioning human flourishing in resilient Asian cities
By Rituparna Roy
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49......... UKNA poster download PDF

50 - 51 The Adspace download PDF

52......... IIAS Announcements download PDF

53......... IIAS Research and Projects download PDF

54 - 55... IIAS Fellowship Programme download PDF
In the spotlight: Steffen Rimner & Emilia Roza Sulek

The Portrait


Chaekgeori: the power of books
By Jinyoung Jin
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