Syllabus Fall 2018 (Yale-NUS)
2018 Semester 1
Professor Erik Harms
Course Meetings: Tue, Fri 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
|Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:30-5pm|
Department of Anthropology
10 Sachem Street
GRADING AND COURSE WORK
- · Major assignments are indicated in the chart below, and include blogging assignments, one short essay concerning a Southeast Asian news event chosen by the student, and one independent research paper on a topic chosen by the student. A map quiz will be worth 50 points. Students will also contribute five short responses on select course readings, worth 10 points each. Students will select which five readings they would like to write about after week three.
- · Attendance and classroom participation are essential to success in the course, and students who fail to attend all class meetings, or who consistently arrive late or fail to participate, will see their final course grade affected.
|Date Due||Topic||Weight of Paper|
|Periodic (5 per semester)||Reading Responses / Map Annotations||10 X 5 = 50|
|All Semester||Classroom Participation and Preparation||100|
|Tues, 4 September||Map Quiz||50|
|Ripped from the Headlines Paper||100|
Sunday, 2 December
|Final Research Paper||200|
|Mon, 10 December||Extra Credit: Upload paper to course blog||20|
- Students must attend all of the scheduled classes, unless excused in advance by the instructor. Students anticipating the need to miss class for religious holidays or for approved participation in University athletics should inform the instructor during the first two weeks of class.
- Students must hand in papers on time at the beginning of class on the date indicated on this syllabus. Unless otherwise indicated, papers should be double-spaced, using standard 12 point font, with 1 inch margins. Unexcused late papers will not receive anything higher than a “B”. Students anticipating the need for an extension must forewarn the instructor at least one week in advance. On occasion, I will ask you to submit papers online using the “canvas” course website or via email. Papers or assignments submitted electronically should always be saved as Microsoft Word documents with standardized filenames according to the following format:
- Unless otherwise noted, the readings indicated for a particular week should be completed by the first class meeting of the week. (Note: Readings marked with a hollow bullet point, “○”, are optional).
- Don’t plagiarize! Students should be familiar with Yale’s policy on academic honesty, located in the student handbook (pages 42-44):
- Barker, Joshua, Erik Harms, and Johan Lindquist (2012). Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. ISBN: 978-0-8248-3741-9
- Mills, Mary Beth (1999). Thai Women in the Global Labor Force: Consuming Desires, Contested Selves. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN: 0-1835-2654-X
- Scott, James C. (1985). Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0-300-03641-1
- On an experimental basis, I will be periodically uploading map-based lecture notes and study guides. In order to access these, students should Google Earth, at (using a chrome browser):
PART ONE: Geographical, Social-Cultural, and Political Diversity
- “ , and “ in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
- Scott, James C. (2009). Hills, Valleys, and States. in The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven, Yale University Press: 1-39.
- (Philippines) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Geertz, Clifford (1960). Selections on Javanese Language. The Religion of Java. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
- Goddard, Cliff (2005). Language Families, Linguistic Areas and Language Situations.The Languages of East and Southeast Asia: An Introduction. Oxford, N.Y., Oxford University
- Hsieh, Jessica. (2011). Speak Good English Lah!: Prescriptive language policy in Singapore. New Haven, Student Final Paper Modern Southeast Asia, Yale University:1-14.
- (Philippines) and The Malay Gangster (Singapore) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Duncan, Christopher (2004). Legislating Modernity Among the Marginalized. Civilizing the Margins: Southeast Asian Government Policies for the Development of Minorities. Christopher R. Duncan, Ed. Ithaca, Cornell University Press: 1-23.
- Ong, A. (2006). A Biocartography: Maids, Neoslavery, and NGOs. . Durham, NC, Duke University Press: 195-217.
- Suryadinata, Leo (2007). Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia: Problems and Prospects.Understanding the Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: 11-28.
- Janowski, Monica (2007). Introduction: Feeding the Right Food: The Flow of Life and the Construction of Kinship in Southeast Asia. Kinship and food in South East Asia. Monica Janowski and Fiona Kerlogue, Ed. Copenhagen, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies: 1-23.
- Carsten, Janet (1995). The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi. American Ethnologist. 22(2): 223-241.
- Conklin, Harold. (2011 ). Maling, a Hanunóo Girl from the Philippines. . K. M. Adams and K. A. Gillogly. Bloomington, IN, Indiana University
- (Laos) and (Thailand) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Brenner, Suzanne (1995). Why Women Rule the Roost: Rethinking Javanese Ideologies of Gender and Self-Control. Bewitching Women, Pious men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia. Aihwa Ong and Michael Peletz, Ed. Berkeley, University of California Press: 19-50.
- (Optional) Peletz, Michael (1994). Neither Reasonable nor Responsible: Contrasting Representations of Masculinity in a Malay Society. Cultural Anthropology. 9(2): 135-178.
- Rudnyckyj, Daromir. (2009). “Spiritual Economies: Islam and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Indonesia.” 24(1): 104-141.
- Smith-Hefner, Nancy. J. (2007). “Javanese Women and the Veil in Post-Soeharto Indonesia.” 66(2): 389-420.
- Cannell, Fenella (1999). The Funeral of the ‘Dead Christ’. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 165-182.
- (Cambodia) and in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Keyes, Charles (1995). Selections on Theravada Buddhism. The Golden Peninsula: Culture and Adaptation in Mainland Southeast Asia. Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press: 78-90; 113-126.
- Cadière, L. M. (1989). Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Vietnamese. Clayton, Vic., Australia: Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Monash University.
(Malaysia) and (Cambodia) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity. Selections from Southeast Asian Constitutions Owen, Norman G. et al (2005). Industrialization and its Implications; Human Consequences of the Economic “Miracle”; Malaysia Since 1957; Singapore and Brunei; Indonesia: The First Fifty Years; The Kingdom of Thailand; The Philippines since 1972; Vietnam after 1975; Cambodia since 1975; Laos since 1975; Burma Becomes Myanmar. The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press: 379-506. ASEAN Declaration and ASEAN vision 2020
- Zakaria, Fareed (1994). Culture is Destiny: A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew.Foreign Affairs. 73(2): 109-126.
- Chua Beng Huat (2017) “Introduction,” Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Kelly, David (1998). Freedom – A Eurasian Mosaic. Asian Freedoms: The Idea of Freedom in East and Southeast Asia. David Kelly and Anthony Reid, Ed. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
RECESS WEEK: Saturday 22 September – Sunday 30 September
PART TWO: Political Economy and Conflicting Experiences of Modernity
- McCoy, Alfred. W. (1972). Flowers of Evil: The CIA and The Heroin Trade. : 47-53.
- Kiernan, Ben (2004). The Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979. A Century of Genocide Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts. Samuel Totten et al, Ed. New York, Routledge: 338-373.
- Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung. (2011). “The Politics of Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Myanmar.” 70(3): 641-656.
- Read Preface. Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3 & Ch 4
- Read Ch 7 & Ch 8
- (Singapore) and the Aspiring Overseas Student (Vietnam) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- (Malaysia) and (Thailand) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Harms, Erik (2012) “Beauty as Control” in American Ethnologist 29(4): 735-750.
Rigg, Jonathan (1990). Urbanization and Primacy: Bangkok. Southeast Asia: A Region in Transition. London ; Boston, Unwin Hyman: 133-162. Rigg, Jonathan (1997). Marginal People and Marginal Lives. Southeast Asia: The Human Landscape of Modernization and Development, Routledge: 69-151.
- (Malaysia) and (Laos) in Barker, Harms & Lindquist (2012) Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity.
- Dove, Michael (1996). Rice-Eating Rubber and People-Eating Governments.Ethnohistory. 43(1): 33-63.
- Ong, Aihwa (1987). “Selections” Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia. Albany: State University of New York: 179-221. (Note, there are 3 chapters here. You can get be only reading chapter 9)
Taylor, Philip (2007). Poor Policies, Wealthy Peasants: Alternative Trajectories of Rural Development in Vietnam. Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2(2): 3-56.
PART THREE: The Arts of Change
- Ho Anh Thai (2001). The Goat Meat Special. Old Truths, New Revelations. K. K. Seet and Asean Committee on Culture and Information, Eds. Singapore, Times Books International: 318-326.
- Lapcharoensap, Rattawut (2004). Farangs. Over there: how America sees the world. London, Granta: 189-203.
- Le Minh Khue (2001). The Concrete Village. Old Truths, New Revelations. K. K. Seet and Asean Committee on Culture and Information, Eds. Singapore, Times Books International: 219-228.
- Pe Myint (2001). Parts for Sale. Old Truths, New Revelations. K. K. Seet and Asean Committee on Culture and Information, Eds. Singapore, Times Books International:65-71.
Somsouk Souksavath (2001). The New God? Old Truths, New Revelations. K. K. Seet and Asean Committee on Culture and Information, Eds. Singapore, Times Books International: 257-259.
- Tan Hwee Hwee (2001). Mid-Autumn. Old Truths, New Revelations. K. K. Seet and Asean Committee on Culture and Information, Eds. Singapore, Times Books International: 295-305.
- Pramodya Ananta Toer (1996). My Kampung [Kampungku]. Indonesia. 61(April): 25-32.
- Wong, Cyril (2015 ). The Boy with the Flower the Grew out of His Ass. Singapore, Math Paper Press. [**Note, this copy contains an essay and the story itself. You only have to read the story, but can read the essay if you like**]
Week 13: Preparation for Student Project Presentations