The materiality of writing has major implications for the practice of history...When you look at a ‘medieval’ Javanese manuscript, it is almost always an 18th or 19th century copy of a copy of a copy ... and so on.
A discussion on the power and limits of colonial racial categories; Hadramis, Sayyids and Sharifas in maritime Southeast Asia; modernity and cultural hybridity; the descendants of Arabs in the Malay world today;
A critical reflection on the emergence, dominance and legacy of Java’s historic ‘empire’.
Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.
Medieval artefacts and manuscripts are explored by Alex West to give insight on the deep past of Southeast Asia.
Foreign correspondent and historian Frank Palmos reflects on his first translating job in Java in 1961.