Hunting the Secrets of the Philippines

Hunting the Secrets of the Philippines. Grab a tea or coffee (tsaa or kape) & enjoy reading. This Fascinating post uses art, anthropology, history to explore how the authors understanding changed.

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‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’ at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art: A Review/Memory

The following is a personal account of CHENG Nien Yuan’s visit to this exhibition, which foregrounded to her not only the construction of state narratives but, inadvertently, of the curatorial staging of narratives in the gallery. In the spirit of the exhibit, she writes in the present tense as she remembers a past. It is … Continue reading ‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’ at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art: A Review/Memory

The ending of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye… and what it says about history-telling

PoP's performance studies/oral history person Cheng Nien Yuan talks about the critically-acclaimed, award-winning graphic novel that-shall-not-be-named. Specifically, she looks closely at the last few impactful pages of the book.  Friends of mine know I think about food. A lot. When I look at the edges of my closed, worn copy of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, … Continue reading The ending of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye… and what it says about history-telling

Performing Heritage (or, Making Temples Great Again)

Natali Pearson, our Museum and Heritage Studies researcher, takes a look at the Obama family's recent visit to the 9th century temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in Indonesia, and muses on the mythologising of these monuments both past and present. Last week, former US President Barack Obama and his family visited Indonesia, where they followed … Continue reading Performing Heritage (or, Making Temples Great Again)

Setting the Record Crooked: Conspiracy History in Indonesia

PoP’s textual historian Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan studies the pseudo-history of the Majapahit kingdom, and what it can tell us about history-making in Indonesia today. Indonesians love a good conspiracy. Just check out the sales table on any mainstream bookstore like Gramedia, or the display racks of used-book street stalls, and you'll find hidden truths and uncovered secrets … Continue reading Setting the Record Crooked: Conspiracy History in Indonesia

Through the Looking-Glass: Indonesian Reflections on Australian History

PoP's textual historian Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan, a student of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney, looks in the mirror of Australian Studies at the University of Indonesia. Here at PoP, we welcome fresh and challenging perspectives on Southeast Asian pasts. But we mustn't forget that as Australia-based researchers of Southeast Asia, we are accustomed to visiting, … Continue reading Through the Looking-Glass: Indonesian Reflections on Australian History

Pramoedya’s Message to the Youth of Indonesia

Today would have been the 92nd birthday of the late Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the most important writer in Indonesia. His stature as a leading artist and his leftist politics led to his persecution by the Army-led government of Suharto. International audiences tended to focus on his imprisonment on Buru island between 1969 and 1979, during which he produced four novels … Continue reading Pramoedya’s Message to the Youth of Indonesia

Ex-political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai’s (Singapore) book launch for ‘Living in a Time of Deception’ at Sydney University

This book launch, organised by the Sydney Southeast Centre and held at the Law Lounge at the University, was attended by PoP!'s Natali Pearson and Cheng Nien Yuan. Here are Nien Yuan's thoughts on the successful, and important, night below. All photos of the launch are credited to SSEAC's Samuel Bashfield. Singapore turned 51 this year. To celebrate … Continue reading Ex-political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai’s (Singapore) book launch for ‘Living in a Time of Deception’ at Sydney University

Mabuhay from Singapore

PoP's archaeologist Michael Leadbetter stumbles into the world of Filipino dance and culture at the Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore. Cheers, rhythms, claps, whirling colours and an urge to dance are not what usually greets you when you enter a museum. However, Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum was ablaze with colour, culture and sound for the Love, Light, Living festival. The … Continue reading Mabuhay from Singapore