276 Works

Vietnamese Domestic Tourism: An Investigation of Travel Motivations

Huong Thanh Bui & Lee Jolliffe
This article approaches domestic tourism in Vietnam from a native Asian perspective aiming to examine Vietnamese domestic travel motivations. This quantitative study is based on a self-administered questionnaire to survey 230 Vietnamese domestic travellers. Results highlight the significant roles of the employer sponsoring the trip, family, travel promotion, and favourable weather in determining travel, in addition to their motivations to seek time for leisure and recreation. Moreover, the study detected a perception gap between the...

Beyond Commodification and Politicisation: Production and Consumption Practices of Authenticity in the White Tai Tourist Market in the Uplands of Vietnam

Achariya Nate-Chei
This paper is based on an ethnographic enquiry conducted over the last four years and shows the setting of a close interaction between hosts and guests in the White Tai villages in Mai Chau district, in the northwest uplands of Vietnam. The author argues that tourism is utilised as a medium to demonstrate a culture of hospitality. A new trend in tourism production and consumption is brought into discussion; in relation to this, this paper...

Schattenwirtschaft unter Palmen: Der touristisch informelle Sektor im Urlaubsparadies Patong, Thailand.

Bianca Gantner
Since the 1960s, tourism has become a vital part of the Thai economy and has been characterised by a steady growth. For more than 50 percent of all Thais working in the informal sector (shadow economy), the booming tourism industry represents an important source of income. In this article Patong on Phuket serves as a case study for examining the network of actors, the touristic supplystructure as well as its evolution and developments over the...

Blessings for All? Community-Based Ecotourism in Bali Between Global, National, and Local Interests – A Case Study.

Christian Byczek
As a major island destination in South-East Asia, Bali has won a global reputation as one of the lastparadises on earth. As one of the largest industries in the world, global tourism is utilised by the governments of many developing countries as an agent for development and national integration.However, local communities level the criticism that mass tourism has not only brought economicgrowth but also caused ecological and social costs. In reaction to the excessive developments...

An Alternative Policy Proposal for the Provinces Populated by the Malay Ethnonationality in the South of Thailand.

Otto F. Von Feigenblatt
This article provides a public policy analysis of governance in the provinces populated by the Malay ethnonationality in the South of Thailand. Important stakeholders are identifi ed as well as important sociopolitical environmental factors. The fi nal sections of the paper present a proposal for a new governance structure for the Muslim South of Thailand taking into consideration the social, cultural, and economic context as well as the wellbeing and right to self-determination of the...

Community-Based Tourism in Thailand: (Dis-)Illusions of Authenticity and the Necessity for Dynamic Concepts of Culture and Power.

Claudia Dolezal

Exhibiting the ‘Other’ Then and Now: ‘Human Zoos’ in Southern China and Thailand.

Alexander Trupp

Lieber Bhutan als Bali? Perspektiven nachhaltiger Tourismusentwicklung in Timor-Leste.

Christian Wollnik

CLASDISA – Classifications of Disabilities in the Field of Education in Different Societal and Cultural Contexts: Insights Into the Current State of Research.

Michelle Proyer, Margarita Schiemer & Mikael Luciak

Auf der Suche nach dem Paradies? Einblicke in eine Studie zu „Amenity Migration“ in Cha-am und Hua Hin, Thailand.

Julia Jöstl & Birgit Wieser

Kindersextourismus: Ein südostasiatisches Phänomen? Im Dialog mit Astrid Winkler von ECPAT Austria

Michelle Proyer
Sonne, Meer, Tempel - Nicht allen TouristInnen scheint das genug zu sein, wenn sie sich auf die Reise nach Thailand machen. Lange Zeit schien sexuelle Ausbeutung von Kindern in Form von Prostitution und anderen strafrechtlichen Vergehen auf den südostasiatischen Raum beschränkt. Medien vermittelten den Eindruck, dass vor allem Thailand und Kambodscha beliebte Reiseziele für jene wären, die in ihrem Urlaub nach Möglichkeiten für Sex mit Minderjährigen suchten. Ein Gespräch mit der Geschäftsführerin der NGO ECPAT...

Research on South-East Asia in Austria: Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna.

Petra Dannecker & Wolfram Schaffar

Thai Communities in Vienna.

Kosita Butratana & Alexander Trupp

Book Review: Hitchcock, M., King, V. T., & Parnwell, M (Eds.) (2009). Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions.

Claudia Dolezal

Book Review: Hitchcock, M., King, V. T., & Parnwell, M (Eds.) (2010). Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia.

Kerstin Schiele

Editorial: Borderlands and Border Studies in South-East Asia

Alexander Horstmann

Music and Artistic Artefacts: Symbols of Rohingya Identity and Everyday Resistance in Borderlands

Kazi Fahmida Farzana
This study looks at the creation of music and art by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as a symbol of social resistance and identity. Ethnographic research on the Rohingyas’ use of music and art suggests that these non-conventional means play an important role in communicating their coherent identity and expressing their resistance to the discrimination and oppression experienced in their country of origin as well as in their exile in Bangladesh. This informal resistance is used...

Flouting the Law: Vigilante Justice and Regional Autonomy on the Indonesian Border

Michael Eilenberg
After the Asian Economic Crisis in 1997 and the fall of president Suharto’s authoritarian regime in 1998, rural and urban Indonesia experienced a surge in vigilante killings and the rise of non-state forms of authorities working within the twilight of legality and illegality, assuming the role of the state. Institutional uncertainty, large-scale decentralisation reforms and the deterioration of formal legal authority in post-New Order Indonesia encouraged these processes. This apparent ‘lawlessness’ became especially evident along...

Sacred Spaces of Karen Refugees and Humanitarian Aid Across the Thailand-Burma Border

Alexander Horstmann
In this article, I demonstrate that the Karen National Union (KNU) was able to manipulate and politicise humanitarian aid in the Thailand-Burma borderland. I contend that in the context of the civil war in eastern Burma, Protestant Christianity provides a crucial vehicle for political mobilisation. The article shows that refugee camps in the Thai borderland become centres of proselytisation, and that Protestant evangelical and missionary networks open up passages across the Thai-Burmese border. The article...

Gendering Cross-Border Networks in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Drawing Invisible Routes to Thailand

AKM Ahsan Ullah & Mallik Akram Hossain
This article discusses human traffi cking within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in relation to the strengthened inter-state economic and infrastructural co-operation and connectivity, taking the life history of sex workers in Thailand into account. Over the last decades, Thailand became known as a hub of entertainment sectors. Traffi ckers often use socio-economic integration in the GMS to their advantage. A large number of traffi cked women ends up in the Thai entertainment industry doing...

The Jungle as Border Zone: The Aesthetics of Nature in the Work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Natalie Boehler
In Thai cinema, nature is often depicted as an opposition to the urban sphere, forming a contrast in ethical terms. This dualism is a recurring and central theme in Thai representations and an important carrier of Thainess (khwam pen Thai). The filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul offers a new take on this theme. Significant parts of his work are set in the jungle, a realm radically diff erent from the agricultural sphere that the mainstay of Thai...

„Normalisierung“ der Verhältnisse? Eine Analyse der Parlamentswahl 2011 in Singapur

Rolf Jordan

Rethinking Conceptions of Borders in the Greater Mekong Subregion: An Interview With Chayan Vaddhanabhuti (RCSD)

Napakadol Kittisenee
Dr. Chayan Vaddhanabhuti is Director of the Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Thailand. The RCSD was established in 1998 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, in response to the need for integration of social science and natural science knowledge in order to gain a better understanding of sustainable development in upper Mainland South-East Asia. Chayan Vaddhanabhuti has long been dedicated to the fi eld of social sciences, development...

Capturing Singapore’s ‘Little India’: The Search for Identity in Traditional Photo Studios

Kuba Ryniewicz & Christian Bothe

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