Southeast Asia is a region
of immense importance to the state of Hawaii whose Southeast Asian
residents are more than 15% of the population. The people
of Hawaii is increasingly becoming aware of the region's presence
in Hawaii through the food and exotic products being sold at various
places. However, there is no better medium than literature
to understand the religious, economic, socio-cultural and political
conditions of the Southeast Asians. The selected post-World
War II literatures of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand
will showcase narratives and images of the peoples of these three
Southeast Asian countries.
this course, students will
Experience the way of life, the society, culture and worldview
of the peoples of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand
through literature and its closely related art-medium,
understanding of Southeast Asian values, customs and traditions
through the different stories, poems, essays, plays and novels
that will be read in translation.
conversant with the social, economic, political and religious
factors affecting contemporary societies in Southeast Asia
by conducting research on a variety of SEA cultures
out of which the literature emerges.
Meet real writers from the three countries and listen to readings
in the original languages.
insights and communicate these with others through oral and
Uli Kozok,– Indonesian
Dr. Ruth Mabanglo,–
Dr. Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong,– Thai