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ASEAS 6(2) Published & Online

Happy new year's celebrations! We are happy to inform you that the latest issue of our journal has been published and is now online accessible at our website!

The contributions of the present issue of ASEAS 6(2) address a variety of issues concerning mobilities and immobilities in South-East Asia, including case studies that involve moving people and objects in or from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

In the first section, Current ResearchErik Cohen explores the cultural meanings of objects of mobility by analyzing the origins and making of airbrush paintings on charter tour coaches in Thailand. He investigates the complex interplay between global and local in terms of its presence in the buses’ motifs and depicts these objects of mobility as containers of globalized, hybridized post-modern symbols. Shifting the discussion from the objects to the subjects of mobilities, Dinita Setyawati addresses the idea of framing migrant workers as state assets, based on the premise that these workers maximize national economic benefits. Setyawati’s contribution offers an examination of the legal regulations concerning migrant workers’ protection in Indonesia and the Philippines, two of the largest exporters of migrant labor in South-East Asia. Cirilia Limpangog conducted a study based on in-depth interviews with professional Filipina migrants in Melbourne and identified diverse motives such as pursuing alternative lifestyles, escape from political persecution, migration in order to live united with one’s spouse, and escape from gender and cultural norms as driving forces of mobility. Yet, potential obstacles to mobility remain, supporting the argument that our times are characterized not only by large flows of various forms of mobilities but also by immobilities. In a study on asylum seekers passing through Indonesia, Antje Missbach compares Indochinese asylum seekers between the 1970s and mid-1990s and more recent asylum seekers coming from the Middle East. She explores how claims for protecting asylum seekers are handled in Indonesia and in this course introduces the notion of obstructed mobility to this issue. Outside the mobilities focus, this issue features a Current Research contribution by Maya Pasgaard and Lily Chea on the social dimensions of deforestation and forest protection in local communities in Northern Cambodia, who have implemented Community Forestry (CF) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs.

In the section Research WorkshopKirsten W. Endres offers an anthropologically oriented contribution by looking into marketplaces and bazaars in socialist Vietnam, and by exploring the influence of neoliberal politics on the lives of small traders. In the section In DialogueClaudia Dolezalpresents an interview with the chairman of the Bali Community-Based Tourism Association, which refers to the complex and controversial empowerment debate in a tourism-for-development context. Bianca Gantner and Philip Weninger offer a visual account of a Filipino/a migrant communities’ festival in Vienna, underlining the importance of the event in terms of fostering social and economic ties of the biggest South-East Asian migrant group in Austria.

Furthermore, ASEAS continues the introduction of Austrian research institutions featuring a focus on South-East Asia. In this context, Alfred Gerstl presents the South-East Asian orientation at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna.

Moreover, the issue includes two book reviews: William J. Jones reviews Conversations with Thaksin: From Exile to Deliverance: Thailand’s Populist Tycoon Tells His Story by Tom Plate and Dayana Parvanova discusses Faith and the State: A History of Islamic Philanthropy in Indonesia by Amelia Fauzia. Finally, Paulo Castro Seixas provides some thoughts and reflections on the role of international scientific conferences and presents a short report on the coordination of the 7th EuroSEAS Conference, which took place in Lisbon in July 2013.

 As usually you can also browse through the issue via our online reader on Issuu.com

Reminder CfP 7(2) Imagining Indonesia

Currently we still have our Call for Papers for issue 7(2) up an running. You can find all the info you need here.