Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

134 - Referencing Asia: Representations, Imaginations, and Illusions of Asia

7/7/2018
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building

This panel explores a myriad of ways Asian geographies are represented in discourses within/beyond its geographical and temporal limits. We recognize the ephemeral and organic nature of the concept of Asia but also contend that its imagination remains significant. With the upswing of ultra-nationalist and right-wing movements juxtaposed with the escalation of political conflicts, we are witnessing the “flattening of the world” and the intertwining of issues that muddle borders and depolarize/decentre power relations. Simultaneously, the notion of Asia is being interrogated re-imagined utilizing various forms of referencing and mythologizing.  


The first paper interrogates the place of gender and class in the remapping of Indonesia in Islam’s global geography. In the second paper, Ma Sirui looks into the discursive role of cultural/political institutions in remaking Asian imaginaries. Focusing on the case of the Confucius Institutes, this paper outlines how China is depicted in Southeast Asia based on baseline study conducted in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and China.


Dr. Roberto De Roock’s paper shifts our attention to the intersection of referencing, discourse, and educational policies, asserting that an objectified Singapore operates as a rhetorical tool for US policymaker agendas, forming a transnational regime of truth while at the same time obscuring other more robust data, research, and lived experiences. In the four paper, Dr. Darlene Machell Espena maintains that Southeast Asian films advance a cultural narrative about anti-colonialism, independence, and nation-building that produced, affirmed, and reinforced the Southeast Asian strategic culture of non-alignment, resulting in the construction of Southeast Asian regionalism. 

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Darlene Machell De Leon Espena

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Darlene Machell De Leon Espena

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Darlene Machell De Leon Espena

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Sirui Ma

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Darlene Machell De Leon Espena

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Howard Y. F. Choy

Wittenberg University, United States

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