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Traveling Nation-Makers

Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Modern Southeast Asia

Cross-border movements are often discussed as a high-level abstraction, but people cross borders as individuals. Their lives are reshaped by the experience, and in some cases they in turn reshape their own environment. For the ten individuals whose biographies appear in this volume, "travel" and its contingent and uneven processes of translation, circulation, and exchange helped forge patterns of political thought and action, and defined their contribution to the process of nation-making in Southeast Asia. Mariano Ponce, Pham Hong Thai, Hilaire Noulens, Vu Trong Phung, Du Ai, Lin Bin, Ruam Wongphan, James Puthucheary, K. Bali, Connie Bragas-Regalado, and Imam Samudra each "traveled" within and beyond Southeast Asia. The accounts in this book discuss how travel shaped their lives and careers, and explain the transformative effects it had on the intellectual, political, and cultural trajectories of nationalism, communism, Islamism, and other movements in the region. The volume illuminates some of the pathways by which people in this region worked to realize their intellectual, aesthetic and political visions and projects over the last tumultuous century.

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Table of Contents

Caroline S. Hau and Kasian Tejapira
1. The Itineraries of Mariano Ponce
Resil B. Mojares
2. A Vietnamese Icon in Canton: Biographical Borders and Revolutionary Romance in 1920s Vietnam
Lorraine M. Paterson
3. Living “Underground” in Shanghai: Noulens and the Shanghai Comintern Network
Onimaru Takeshi
4. Provincial Cosmopolitanism: Vũ Trọng Phụng’s Foreign Literary Engagements
Peter Zinoman
5. Du Ai, Lin Bin, and Revolutionary Flows
Caroline S. Hau
6. “Party as Mother”: Ruam WOngphan and the Making of a Revolutionary Metaphor
Kasian Tejapira
7. Flows and Fallacies: James J. Puthucheary on Race, Class, and State
Khoo Boo Teik
8. K. Bali: Sino-Thai Peranakan in Search of Sabnah Nationhood
Yamamoto Hiroyuki
9. Narrating Migration, Reading a Political Itinerary: Connie Bragas-Regalado, Overseas Filipino Worker
Odine de Guzman
10. The Making of a Jihadist: Itinerary and Language in Imam Samudra’s Aku Melawan Teroris!
Shiraishi Takashi

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