Exhibit Coordinators | Suzanna McMahon
Exhibit Catalog Coordinators | Yu-lan Cou; Jean Han; Suzanne McMahon
Photography | Dan Johnson; Suzanne McMahon
Catalog and Virtual Exhibit Text
Asia | Richard M. Buxbaum
South Asia | Suzanne McMahon; Vanessa Tait
Southeast Asia | Virginia Jing-Yi Shih; Rebecca Williams
East Asia | Joan Kask; Tom Havens
China | Jean Han; Alison Altstatt
Japan | Hisayuki Ishimatsu
Korea | Yong Kyu Choo
Printed Catalog Design | Catherine Dinnean
Web Catalog Design | Vanessa Tait
Seri Rama: Wayang Siam. Shadow Puppet from Kelantan, Malaysia.
Seri Rama is the hero and principal character in the Hindu epic, Ramayana, which literally means "The Wanderings of Rama." This epic Indian tale has principal Hindu elements, as in the reincarnation of Vishnu in Rama. As this tale migrates to Southeast Asian countries, the epic underwent many transformations absorbing local coloring. In Malaysia, the Rama story did not become completely Islamicized; however, the reincarnation of Vishnu in Rama is de-emphasized. In Thailand as well as Laos to conform with Buddhism, Rama is considered as a future Buddha.
Arjuna Pandawa: Wayang Purwa. Shadow Puppet from Java, Indonesia.
Arjuna, represented here, is the middle of five Pandawa brothers in the Wayang Purwa versions of Mahabharata. He is physically delicate and good-looking, tender-hearted and yet iron-willed. A refined hero, he is capable of the severest discipline and has a deep sense of family loyalty. Arjuna is thought by many in Javanese culture to be the epitome of the ideal man.
Mary R. Haas' Thai-English Student's Dictionary.
First published in 1964, it is still the definitive Thai-English dictionary.
Map of Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia includes ten countries: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Southeast Asia has a combined population of nearly 500 million and an annual Gross Domestic Product of over 400 million.
Photograph of Professor Robert A. Scalapino.
Professor Scalapino, a prominent political scientist, was one of the committee members to establish the Southeast Asian studies program at Cal in 1954. He also played a major role in establishing the Center for Southeast Asia Studies on July 1, 1960. He taught political science at Cal from 1950's to 1980's. He is also a prolific author, publishing many books on Asian Studies.
Palm-Leaf Manuscript in Laos Pali Text of the Tipitaka Suttapitaka Majjhimanikaya.
Before paper was introduced, the most popular and most important material used in its place in almost all of Southeast Asia was the "Palm-leaf". This example of Laos Pali text has been decorated with outlines of flowers on a gold background.
David Prescott Barrows. Notebook.
Professor Barrows lived in the Philippines from March 1900 until 1906. During part of this time he served as Secretary of Education for the Philippines government. While in the Philippines he studied the country's history and did anthropological field work as can be seen in this field studies notebook. He taught Philippine History at Cal. Among his many fine books is the History of the Philippines. Barrows Hall was named after him when the building was opened on campus in 1963.
Copies of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies Newsletter
The Center for Southeast Asia Studies was founded on July 1, 1960 to assist the academic community of the university in Southeast Asian Studies and foster discussion and intellectual exchange in the broad area of research