Category Archives: Book Reviews

Geography is destiny

This is the first chapter, ‘Origins‘, of Batam and the Riau Islands published in 2011 by Yayasan Bali Purnati and edited by Leonard Lueras, who kindly contributed the chapter to this archive of Dave’s writings. (A review of the book … Continue reading

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Street Credibility

Selected portraits of Jakarta’s itinerant street vendors – tales of strength in adversity rather than despair and defeat. NINETEEN Text by: Irfan Kortschak Publisher: Mercy Corps 2008 It would take a remarkably dumb visitor to Indonesian cities not to notice … Continue reading

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A Dissident Malaysian Voice

Journey through Southeast Asia: Ceritalah 2 Author: Karim Raslan Pub: Times Books International 237pp If you have read Sabri Zain’s Face Off: A Malaysian Reformasi Diary 1998-99, Karim Raslan’s highly articulate dissident Malaysian voice does not come as much of … Continue reading

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Rigorous research on WWII brought together

War and Memory in Malaya and Singapore Edited: P. Lim Pui Huen and Diana Wong Published: The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies The Singapore-based Institute of South-east Asian Studies is an excellent source of material of all sorts on this … Continue reading

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Malaysian Reformasi

Face Off – A Malaysian Reformasi Diary (1998-99) Author: Sabri Zain Pub. Options Publications Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2000 Paperback, 198pp Hashanuddin Rais, a Malaysian filmmaker, makes the bold claim on the back of Face Off that after reading this collection … Continue reading

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Malay excellence – a transcending legacy

The Malays Par Excellence … Warts And All; An Introspection Authors: Ismail Noor and Muhammad Azaham Pub. Pelanduk Publications (M) Sdn Bhd, Selangor Paperback xvii + 166 pp Having lived for four years in predominantly ethnic Malay areas of Malaysia, … Continue reading

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Strange Fruit

A trained anthropologist takes up her first assignment in the Kalimantan jungle. A Taste For Green Tangerines Author: Barbara Bisco Publisher: Black Lotus The subtitle of this novel should have been enough to alert me: A Romp in the Rainforest. … Continue reading

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