Tai-Kadai Identity in Myanmar and Beyond

AboutWorldLanguages.com The Shan of northern Myanmar speak a language of the Tai-Kadai family found from southern China, across Mainland Southeast Asia, through northern Myanmar and into Northeast India. By Dr. Mathias Jenny Senior Research Assistant in Comparative Linguistics University of Zurich Abstract The Shan of northern Myanmar speak a language of the Tai-Kadai family found[…]

Migration and Settlement in Ancient Burma

Ancient temples of Bagan / Photo by Nicholas Kenrick, Wikimedia Commons Humans lived in the region that is now Burma as early as 11,000 years ago, but archeological evidence dates the first settlements at about 2500 BCE. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.01.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Humans lived in the region that is[…]

Landscape Management around Angkor Wat

Photo by Stephen Bugno, Flickr, Creative Commons Conserving the landscape around Angkor Wat in the face of rapid development. By William Dunbar / 07.22.2016 Senior Communications Director United Nations University Introduction Fishing is one form of livelihood diversification during northern Cambodia’s dry season. Photo: William Dunbar/UNU-IAS It was January and the middle of Cambodia’s dry[…]

An Introduction to Southeast Asia

By Dr. Barbara Watson Andaya Professor, Asian Studies Program University of Hawaii at Manoa Introduction Southeast Asia consists of eleven countries that reach from eastern India to China, and is generally divided into “mainland” and “island” zones. The mainland (Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam) is actually an extension of the Asian continent. Muslims can[…]

Ages of Commerce in Southeast Asian History

A brief critical survey of the development, implications, and limitations of the Age of Commerce paradigm in Southeast Asia. By Dr. David Henley Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies Leiden University Introduction Fernand Braudel classically proposed three interlocking historiographic time frames: the ‘history of events’, the history of cycles, and the longue durée or long duration.[…]