How particular has Southeast Asia’s experience of educational development been, and has this led to an identifiably distinct Southeast Asian approach to the provision of education? Inquiry into these questions has significant consequences for our understanding of the current state of education in Southeast Asia and the challenges it has inherited.
This book contributes to a better understanding of the experience of educational development in Southeast Asia by presenting a collection of micro-historical studies on the subject of education, policy and practice in the region from the emergence of modern education to the end of the twentieth century. The chapters fathom the extent to which contest over educational content in schools has occurred and establish the socio-cultural, political and economic bases upon which these contestations have taken place and the ways in which those forces have played out in the classrooms. In doing so, the book conveys a sense of the extent to which modern forms of education have been both facilitated and shaped by the region’s specific configurations; its unique demographic, religious, social, environmental, economic and political context. Conversely, they also provide examples of the sorts of obstacles that have prevented education making as full an impact on the region’s recent 'modern' transformation as might have been hoped or expected.
This book will be of interest to academics in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Studies, education, nationalism, and history.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Pia Maria Jolliffe and Thomas Richard Bruce
1. Myanma identity and the shifting value of the classical past: A case study of King Kyansittha in Burmese history textbooks, 1829-2017, Rosalie Metro
2. The legend of the ‘lost book’ and the value of education among the Karen people in Myanmar and Thailand, Pia Maria Jolliffe
3. The Modernisation of Female Education and the Emergence of Class-conflict Between Literate Groups of Women in Siam 1870-1910, Natanaree Posrithong
4. Thailand’s Early Adult Education in Textbooks: Inclusion, Exclusion and Literacy, 1940-1944, Wasitthee Chaiyakan
5. Contesting ‘Chinese’ Education: Schooling in the Kuomintang Chinese Diaspora in Northern Thailand, 1975 – 2015, Aranya Siriphon and Sunanta Yamthap
6. The Emergence of Vocational Education, Modern Shoemaking and a National Economy in Thailand, 1895-1973, Thomas Richard Bruce
7. Vần quốc ngữ: Teaching Modernity through Classics: Women's Education in Colonial Vietnam, Marta Lopatkova
8. Tinkering your way to prosperity: technical education, auto-mechanics and entrepreneurship in late-colonial Vietnam, Erich DeWald
9. Despite Education: Malaysian Nationhood and Economic Development in Retrospect, 1874-1970, Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux
10. Full colour illustrations: Presentations of race in Singapore’s history textbooks, 1965-2000, Theophilus Kwek
11. State and Islamic Education Growing into Each Other in Indonesia, Kevin W. Fogg
12. American Education in the Philippines and Filipino Values, Jeremiah A. Lasquety-Reyes
Pia Maria Jolliffe is a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, an Old Member and Continuing Member at Linacre College, and a Teaching and Research Associate at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, all at University of Oxford, UK. Her research interests are include education, migration and the life course in the context of Japanese and Southeast Asian Studies.
Thomas Richard Bruce is Lecturer in Thai Studies at the Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University. His research interests include Southeast Asian ‘proto-industrialisation’ and technology transfer. His doctoral thesis is on 'The Emergence and Development of Thailand’s Shoe Industry, 1855-1997.'