Majorities and Minorities in SE Asia

This course focuses on the relations between majorities and minorities in Southeast Asia. It aims are to understand how the relationships between the state and its peoples of different ethnicity and between the majority and the minority have brought about historical development and change, politically and economically, in the region. Discussions include the historical background of these peoples, their legends and myths of origins, cultures, relationships among ethnic groups and their perceptions of themselves and others, economic life and trade, migration, colonialism, the rise of the nation-state and its impacts on multi-ethnic societies.

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