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Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements

Books on Southeast Asian nationalist movements make very little — if any — mention of women in their ranks. Biographical studies of politically active women in Southeast Asia are also rare. Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements makes a strong case for the significance of women’s involvement in nationalist movements and for the diverse impacts of those movements on the lives of individual women activists.

Some of the 12 women whose political activities are discussed in this volume are well known, while others are not. Some of them participated in armed struggles, while others pursued peaceful ways of achieving national independence. The authors show women negotiating their own subjectivity and agency at the confluence of colonialism, patriarchal traditions, and modern ideals of national and personal emancipation. They also illustrate the constraints imposed on them by wider social and political structures, and show what it was like to live as a political activist in different times and places.

Fully documented and drawing on wider scholarship, this book will be of interest to students of Southeast Asian history and politics as well as readers with a particular interest in women, nationalism and political activism.

344 pages | 6 x 9

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

History: Asian History

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Women's Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Photographs
Introduction: Gendered Nationalist Movements in Southeast Asia
Susan Blackburn
1. The Life and Writings of a Patriotic Feminist: Independent Daw San of Burma
Chie Ikeya
2. “I Die Because of My Circumstances”: Nguyan Thi Giang and the Viet Nam Quô Dan Dang
Micheline Lessard
3. Suyatin Kartowiyono: A Nationalist Leader of the Indonesian Women’s Movement
Susan Blackburn
4. Rasuna Said: Lioness of the Indonesian Independence Movement
Sally White
5. Salud Algabre: A Forgotten Member of the Philippine Sakdal
Ma. Luisa T. Camagay
6. Shamsiah Fakeh and Aishah Ghani in Malaya: Nationalists in Their Own Right, Feminists ahead of Their Time
Helen Ting
7. Lily Eberwein: Her Life and Involvement in the Anti-cession Movement in Sarawak
Welyne J. Jehom
8. “Minority” Women and the Revolution in the Highlands of Laos: Two Narratives
Vatthana Pholsena
9. Bisoi: A Veteran of Timor-Leste’s Independence Movement
Sara Niner
10. Karen Nationalism and Armed Struggle: From the Perspective of Zipporah Sein
Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung and Violet Cho
Conclusion: Becoming Women Nationalists
Helen Ting

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