Full Essays

Author:
Raisha Waller

Abstract

            The coexistence of Myanmar’s burgeoning democracy and its ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority has drawn criticism that calls the nation’s claim to democracy into question. In this paper, I explore the political history of Myanmar as it pertains to ethnicity, division, and sovereignty. As Myanmar emerged from British colonialism, the government weaponized ethnicity and belonging to exclude minorities that threatened national unity. The nation’s grabs for...

Author:
Erik Harms

Paper Description:

By the time we get to the end of this course, we will have explored, in survey fashion, the complexity of Southeast Asian social cultural, political and economic life. We began the course by trying to come to grips with this diversity. Building from a general understanding of the region, we then began to explore some of the challenges and fissures facing the...

Author:
Orven Mallari

Abstract: Queer studies in the Philippines have confounded native and foreign scholars alike due to concepts resistant to definition and classification. Using a brief study on Lloyd Cadena’s popular YouTube vlogs, this essay aims to examine the powers and limits of bakla success stories. In this, we see that in response to the globalizing forces of social media, bakla voices do not deconstr uct existing gender structures, but instead can perpetuate a marginalization of non-bakla voices. The...

Author:
Josh Guo

Abstract

For almost a century, Thailand has been caught in a political “vicious cycle” of coups, military juntas, and manipulated elections. Throughout it all, the Thai government has consistently failed to properly address issues of socioeconomic inequities and human rights violations. This has provoked a small but vocal minority of artists, who have historically incorporated...