As news accounts report almost daily, the social, political, and economic atmosphere of Southeast Asia makes it one of the most dynamic and quickly developing regions of the world. Southeast Asian Lives: Personal Narratives and Historical Experience presents extraordinary life stories of ordinary people in a rapidly changing Southeast Asia. The narratives provide illustration of the richness of life histories by revealing what it was like to live through the wrenching social changes that have accompanied successive political transformations in Southeast Asia, from the period of European colonialism, through the wartime occupation of Southeast Asia by the Japanese, to the emergence of new nation states. By pushing the boundaries of analysis of individual narratives, the authors, all anthropologists, demonstrate what a rich souce such accounts can be for an anthropology that seeks to do justice to personal experience.
Southeast Asian Lives: Personal Narratives and Historical Experience will be of cross-disciplinary interest and importance to researchers in the fields of literature, history, anthropology, and sociology working on biography, autobiography, personal narratives, and oral history.