This book reveals how everyday experiences of being ‘modern’ (c. 1920s-70s) indexed continuity and change in the transition from colonialism to independence and after in Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume recover modern times at the intersection of public and private domains, encompassing sex, religion, art, film, literature and urban space. The authors examine the conditions and representations of modernity, as shaped by elites and the governed, by actors, artists, novelists and non-fiction writers. Plural encounters in cities, through spiritual communities, art, high and popular culture saw Southeast Asians fashioning modern times in dialogue with global capitalism, consumer culture and second-wave feminism.
Susie Protschky is Senior Lecturer in History at Monash University, editor of
Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-Colonial Indonesia (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), and author of
Photographic Subjects: Monarchy, Photography and the Dutch East Indies (Manchester University Press, forthcoming).
Tom van den Berge is Senior Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden. He is the author of
H.J. van Mook, 1894-1965: Een vrij en gelukkig Indonesië (THOTH, 2014).
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Notes on Contributors
1. Modern Times in Southeast Asia, 1920s–1970s,
Susie Protschky 2. Modern Living in Third- World Suburbia: Quezon City, 1939– 1976,
Michael D. Pante 3. Mediated Publicness and Islamic Modernity in Indonesia,
Julian Millie 4. New Spiritual Movements, Scholars, and “Greater India” in Indonesia,
Marieke Bloembergen 5. Picasso in the Tropics: European Modern Painting in Indonesia, 1920–1957,
Tom van den Berge 6. Women, Film, and Modern Malay Identities,
Timothy P. Barnard 7. Talking Sex, Making Love: P. Moe Nin and Intimate Modernity in Colonial Burma,
Chie Ikeya 8. Contested Modernities and Spectres of Progress in Twentieth-Century Siam/Thailand,
Janit Feangfu and Rachael V. Harrison 9. Modernity and the Body: Franco- Vietnamese Children in the Colonial Era and Beyond,
Scholars of Southeast Asia, modernity, and twentieth-century history; academic libraries, specialists and postgraduate students.