SELECTED LITERATURE AND AUDIO-VISUAL RESOURCES
FOR USE IN A UNIT ON SOUTHEAST ASIA
IN AN UNDERGRADUATE ASIAN HUMANITIES COURSE
WITH A CONCENTRATION ON
THAILAND, INDONESIA AND THE PHILIPPINES
Submitted by Dr. Dennis P. Tishken
NEH Summer Institute on “Southeast Asia: Indigenous Impulses and Outside Influences”
Regional Studies (History, Culture, Literature and Arts)
Herbert, Patricia and Anthony Milner .ed. Southeast Asia Languages and Literatures: A
Select Guide. Kiscadale Publications/ South-East Asia Library Group, 1989.
Kerlogue, Fiona. Arts of Southeast Asia. London: Thames and Hudson, 2004.
Lent, John. ed. Asian Popular Culture. Boulder: Westview Press, 1995.
Mulder, Niels. Inside Southeast Asia: Thai, Javanese and Filipino Interpretations of
Everyday Life. Bangkok: Duang Kamal, 1992.
nd______. Inside Southeast Asia: Religion, Everyday Life and Cultural Change. 2 rev. ed. ,
Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Press, 1996/2000.
______. Southeast Asian Images: Towards Civil Society? Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books,
Olson, Grant. ed. Modern Southeast Asian Literature in Translation: A Resource for
Teachers. Tempe, AZ:Arizona State University/ Programs for South Asian
Studies, 1997. (This is an excellent resource for identifying useful pieces of
literature on a country-by-country basis.)
Osborne, Milton. Exploring Southeast Asia: A Traveler’s History of the Region. Australia:
Allen and Unwin, 2002.
Tarling, Nicholas. ed. The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, 2 vols. Cambridge,
______. Southeast Asia: A Modern History. Melbourne, 2001.
Wolters, O.W. History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives. Rev. ed.
Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications/ Studies on Southeast Asia No. 26,
Asian Insight. 1980’s. 3 pts. (291 min.) Chicago: Films Incorporated. (Pt. 1 features
Japan/Hong Kong; Pt. 2 features Indonesia/Philippines; and Pt. 3 features
Folk Dances of Asia and the Pacific. 1991. (60 min.) Tokyo: Asian Cultural Centre for
UNESCO. (Features folk dances from China, Australia, Nepal, Vietnam, India,
Philippines, Korea, Laos, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Indonesia, Japan, Bangladesh and
JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. 1990. (30 videos for 1527 min.)
Cambridge, MA: Rounder Records. 1990 . (Features units on East Asia, Southeast
Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Soviet Union, the Americas, and
A Sound of Tambours: An ASEAN Tapestry. 1990. (73 min.) Manda: Bayanihan
Philippines Dance Co. (Music and dances from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore and Thailand performed by dancers from these respective
Slow Boat from Surabaya: Through Southeast Asia with Jack Pizzey. 6 videos/ 55 min.
each. Falls Church, VA: Landmark Films. (Pt. 1 – Past Colonial Waltz; Pt. 2-
Diplomatic Thais; Pt. 3- Filipinos, the women of the Philippines; Pt. 4- Five Faces
of God; Pt. 5- Rich, clever and homeless; and Pt. 6- Red pride, red sorrow.)
rdMulder, Niels. Inside Thai Society: An Interpretation of Everyday Life. 3 rev. ed.
Bangkok: Duang Kamol, 1990.
______. Inside Thai Society: Religion, Everyday Life, Change. Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Silkworm Books, 2000.
Redmond, Mont. Wondering into Thai Culture. Bangkok: Redmondian Insight
Schliesinger, Joachim. Ethnic Groups of Thailand: Non-Tai Speaking Peoples. Bangkok:
White Lotus Co., 2000.
______. Tai Groups of Thailand. Vol. 1 (Introduction and Overview) and Vol. 2 (Profile
of the Existing Groups). Bangkok: White Lotus Co., 2001.
Kepner, Susan Fulop. The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about Women.
University of California Press, 1996.
Kriengkraipitch, Suvanna and Larry E. Smith. eds. Value Conflicts in Thai Society:
Agonies of Change in Short Stories. Chulalongkorn University/ Social Research
Institute in cooperation with the East--West Center, Honolulu, HA, 1992. (This
anthology of brief short stories includes ethnographic comments by the editors on
Phillips, Herbert P. ed. Modern Thai Literature with an Ethnographic Interpretation.
Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 1987. (Anthology covers period of
Rutnia, Mattani Mojdoru. Modern Thai Literature. Bangkok: Thammasat University Press,
Treasury of Modern Thai Literature: The Modern Period. Bangkok: Thai National
Identity Board, Bangkok, 1989. (Anthology with cross-section of various genres.)
Thailand, the Golden Kingdom. 1991. (56 min.) San Ramon, CA: Video Visits.
Thailand, the Golden Paradise. 1990. (60 min.) Bangkok: Foto House Camera and Video.
Thailand: Land of Smiles. 1980’s. (27 min.) Coronet Films and Video.
Rum Thai, Thai Classical Dance. 1990’s. (60 min.) Bangkok: Foto House Camera and
Thai Dance. 1985. (35 min.) Bangkok: ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information
and Department of Public Relations. (Folk dances of indigenous peoples.)
ndMulder, Niels. Individual and Society in Java: A Cultural Analysis. 2 rev. ed.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Gadjah Mada University Press, 1989/1992.
______. Inside Indonesian Society: An Interpretation of Cultural Change in Java.
Bangkok: Duang Kamal, 1994.
______. Indonesian Images: Culture of the Public World. Yogyakarta, Indonesia:
Kanisius Publishing House, 2000.
Reid, Anthony. ed. Witnesses to Sumatra: A Traveller’s Anthology. Oxford University ththPress, 1995 (Traveler accounts from the 14 through the early 20 century)
Lubis, Mochtar. Twilight in Jakarta. Trans. Claire Holt. NY: Vanguard Press, 1963.
(Novel on the violent political upheaval of 1965.)
McGlynn, John H. ed. Menagerie: Indonesian Fiction, Poetry, Photographs, Essays.
(Series with multiple volumes). Jakarta: Lontar Foundation, 1992-
Tieu, A. Modern Indonesian Literature. Vols. 1 & 2. The Hague: Martinus Nijoff,
Toer, Pramoedya Ananta. It’s Not An All Night Fair (Bukan Pasar Malam). Jakarta:
Equinox Publishing, 2001.
______. This Earth of Mankind. trans. Max Lane. NY: William Morrow, 1991.
______. Tales from Jakarta (Tjerita dari Djakarta). Jakarta: Equinox Publishing, 2000.
Indonesia: The Jeweled Archipelago. 1996. (57 min.) San Ramon, CA: International
Bali: A Window on Paradise. 1990. (53 min.) San Ramon, CA: International Video
The Three Worlds of Bali. 1981. (60 min.) Boston, MA: PBS & University of Southern
Ring of Fire. 1989. (4 videos/ 55 min. each) NY: Mystic Fire Video (A ten year voyage
and trek among various remote islands of the Indonesian archipelago by two
brothers in search of exotic adventures among indigenous tribal peoples.)
Beyond the Ring of Fire. 1996. (58 min.) NY: Mystic Fire Video. (A repeat visit to some of
the same locations visited about ten years previously.)
Silk and Steel. 1996. (56 min.) NY: Filmmaker Library. (Examines role of women in
modern Indonesian society.)
Art of Indonesia: Tales from the Shadow World. 1990. (28 min.) Concord, MA: Home
Vision. (Explores Indonesian rituals, myths and performances.)
The Five Stream Gamelan in Concert. 1994. (65 min.) Tucson, AZ: Tree of life Video.
Toping: The Masked Dance Theatre of Bali. 1970/1981. (30 min.) NY: Asia Society
The Dancer and the Dance. 1988. (44 min.) London: Royal Anthropological Institute of
Great Britain and Ireland. (Javanese royal palace dances are performed and
Fabric of Enchantment. 1996. (15 min.) Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Artistry of
making batik cloth.)
Duldulao, Manuel. The Filipinos: Portrait of a People. Quezon City, Philippines: Oro
Lordizabal, Amparo S. and Felicitas Tensuan-Liogardo. eds. Readings in Philippine
Culture and Social Life. Quezon City, Philippines: Bustamante Press, 1970.
Mulder, Niels. Inside Philippine Society: Interpretations of Everyday Life. Quezon City,
Philippines: New Day Publishers, 1997.
______. Filipino Images: Culture of the Public World. Quezon City, Philippines: New
Day Publishers, 2000.
Roces, Alfredo and Grace. Culture Shock! : Philippines. Singapore: Times Books
Rodell, Paul. Culture and Customs of the Philippines. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press,
Lumbera, Bienvenido and Cynthia. eds. Philippine Literature: A Historical Anthology.
Manila: National Book Store, 1982.
Patajo-Legasto, Priscelina. Filipiniana Reader. Quezon City, Philippines: University of
the Philippines Open University, 1998.
Rizal, Jose. Noli Me Tangere. Trans. Leon Ma. Guerro. London: Longmans, 1961. Also
published as The Lost Eden by the Indiana University Press, 1961.
Philippines, A Cultural Experience. 1980’s. (81 min.) Los Angeles: Philippine Video
Library. (Depicts Filipino dances, festivals, weddings and foods.)
People’s Revolution and Magkaisa. 1986. (60 min.) Robert Garon. (Documentary on the
overthrow of the Ferdinand Marcos regime.)
Philippines: Life, Death and Revolution. 1986. (55 min.) NY: Downtown TV Center.
(Fim explores social inequalities in the Philippines.)
Pedagogical Use of the Above Resources
I commonly teach a one-semester course on Asian Humanities at the community college level. This course by catalogue description is intended to focus on the cultures of
India, China, and Japan. I am intending to expand the scope of the course to include a
regional unit on Southeast Asia. In a semester of fifteen weeks, I normally have one class
of two-hour and forty-five minutes in duration each week. For the unit on Southeast Asia,
I plan to allocate three weeks (or three classes) out of the available time. Initially, I have
decided to feature one class each on the following countries: Thailand, Indonesia and the
Philippines. However, over time I may vary from semester to semester the Southeast
Asian countries that are featured in the unit.
Typically, I incorporate audio-visual presentations, class discussion and some lecturing in each class. On occasion, I invite guest lecturers to class. The general format
for a typical class is as follows. I begin by introducing the subject matter of the class with
a brief lecture of ten minutes or so. Then, I show one 50-60 minute film or a combination
of shorter film clips that help to characterize the selected country in terms of its geographic
features, art, architecture, music, rituals, festivals, customs, and religious beliefs. Because
of the limited amount of time available, I normally do not show full-length feature films in
class (although the students can view such films outside of class for bonus credit). I might
also play some recorded music to further demonstrate the indigenous music of the country.
After viewing the film, I invite the students to offer their impressions or to ask questions.
After a brief break, the remainder of the class is devoted to discussion of the contents of the reading material that the students were assigned for the particular class
session. In general, the reading assignments range from about 25 to 40 pages in length. In
order to insure that the students read and digest the reading material beforehand, they are
required to prepare a typed, one-page reflection paper or a more in-depth essay of several
pages that contains their responses to specific questions I have given as part of the reading
assignment in order to stimulate critical reflection on their part. In most cases, the
questions deal with the beliefs, customs, values and attitudes that are exemplified in the
assigned readings for the particular class. The genre of reading material will vary from
class to class. At times it might be a classic text dealing with a national epic, a discourse on
philosophy or religion, an autobiographical account, a short story, or perhaps selections of poetry depending upon the general topic or cultural milieu being considered. Because of the students’ advanced preparation, the class discussions that take place either in small groups or with the entire class as a whole are usually quite lively and interesting. The above method of classroom instruction is feasible at our community college because enrollment in humanities classes with an intensive student writing requirement (i.e., a minimum of 6,000 words of writing for the semester) is capped at 29 students.
Overall, I intend to use selected items from the above resource list either as visual
presentations in class in the case of the films or in the case of the print-based materials, as student reading assignments and as further background information for me to supplement what I learned in our Summer Institute.