Southeast Asia History

or your final course paper, bring Not Out of Hate, Dumb Luck, and Dancing in Cambodia into a conversation of sorts and use those three writings to analyze and reflect on some of the themes of the course. The paper should be 5+ pages long (no less than five pages, no more than six pages), with proper citations (any style, consistently used), double-spaced, with common 12-pt. font. Please proof-read before uploading.

Possible topics to explore in your interpretive/reflective/analytical paper:

* What common themes emerge in the three writings, and where do they diverge?

* How are (remnants of) traditional, pre-colonial Southeast Asia portrayed?

* What deformations to colonized Southeast Asian societies and cultures, brought about by imperialist subjugation, are the three writings addressing?

* What legacies of colonialism might (or will) carry over into post-colonial times and to what effect?

* What gender, class and/or race dimensions do the three authors develop in their stories?

* What literary devices employed by the authors did you find most (or least) effective in your readings?

* What is the most important insight you took away from the three readings about 20th c. Southeast Asia?

* [insert your own interpretive or analytical focus here]

NOTE: the above topics are guidelines only; you can address them all in your course paper, or only some. You can also add your own analyses of the three writings. Please keep the focus on your interpretation and reflection and use descriptive passages only to the extent necessary to support your analysis.