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Jakarta Post

Anthony Reid: Encouraging asians to study asia

  • Aimee Dawis

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 20 2009   /  11:42 am

(JP/Aimee Dawis) Throughout more than four decades, he has researched as well as written and lectured on the geography, religious dynamics and interethnic relationships among the Chinese in Southeast Asia, and the national and social revolutions in the area. Of his many publications, Reid is most famous for his groundbreaking and comprehensive study, the two-volume Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, published in 1988 and 1993. Both volumes have been translated into various languages – Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Korean and even Khmer.
However, as he pointed out during his lecture, “Re-Imagining Southeast Asia” at the University of Indonesia last month, the first in a series of public lectures sponsored by the Southeast Asian Regional Exchange Program Foundation (SEASREP), he did not begin his academic career being a “Southeast Asianist”.