22 Works

Commodification and Politicization of Heritage: Implications for Heritage Tourism at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi (Vietnam)

Huong T. Bui & Timothy J. Lee
The current study deconstructs the process of turning heritage resources into tourism products. A case study of the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, provides an in-depth understanding of the plural use of heritage. Findings from the study reveal issues of heritage dissonance inherent in the process of resource selection, interpretation, and targeting for different audiences. It is apparent...

The Tourism Encounter in Community-Based Tourism in Northern Thailand: Empty Meeting Ground or Space for Change?

Claudia Dolezal
This article offers a contribution to the anthropology of tourism by investigating the tourism encounter in community-based tourism (CBT) in Northern Thailand. It does so by discussing MacCannell’s (1992) idea of the Empty Meeting Grounds and Said’s Orientalism (1978), two works that contributed to research on power inequalities between tourists and residents in the developing world. By establishing a relationship between the two and embedding these in the wider literature on the tourism encounter, this...

Sailing to Komodo: Contradictions of Tourism and Development in Eastern Indonesia

Maribeth Erb
Tourism is often pinpointed as a sector of growth for countries in the developing world, and this perspective has been readily accepted in Indonesia. Government officials in poorer sections of the country, such as Nusa Tenggara Timur province (NTT) in eastern Indonesia, have high hopes for the role that tourism can play in developing these poorer regions. This is not surprising, given the increasing renown of the Komodo National Park, just west of the island...

“Plant Some Plants, Plant Some Hope, Plant Some Future”. Urban Gardening at Lingnan University of Hong Kong: An Interview with Prof. Kin-Chi Lau

Rainer Einzenberger & Michaela Hochmuth
Prof. Kin-Chi Lau is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.1 Her areas of interest cover cultural studies, contemporary China studies, and comparative literature as well as critical pedagogy and gender studies. She promotes the idea of a transition campus at Lingnan University and is one of the initiators of the organic Urban Gardening Project2 there. She is also a founding member of the Global University for Sustainability.3 Rainer...

Where Peasants Are Kings: Food Sovereignty in the Tagbanua Traditional Subsistence System

Sophia Maria Mable Cuevas, Juan Emmanuel Capiral Fernandez & Imelda De Guzman Olvida
Food sovereignty is predicated upon the rights of communities to determine culturally meaningful methods of agricultural cultivation in order to ensure the security of their diets and their lifeworld. The article provides an ethnographic study of two Tagbanua indigenous communities in the province of Palawan, Philippines, and analyzes the relation between swidden agriculture and food sovereignty. Traditional swidden farming is an integrative system that defines social relationships, structures a spiritual belief system, and builds a...

The Alternative Agriculture Network Isan and Its Struggle for Food Sovereignty – a Food Regime Perspective of Agricultural Relations of Production in Northeast Thailand

Alexandra Heis
This paper uses the food regime analysis to visualize relations of domination and exploitation within the realm of food production and supply. Starting with an outlook on how the food regime plays out in the Thai context, the author goes on to elaborate its critical aspects fundamental for a food sovereignty critique: growing concentration of power on the side of transnational corporations, exploitative relations of production in agro-industry, and devastating effects for nature, small-scale producers,...

Book Review: Creak, S. (2015). Embodied Nation. Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos.

Vedad Lubenovic

Shaping Southeast Asia: Tracing Tourism Imaginaries in Guidebooks and Travel Blogs

Felix Magnus Bergmeister
Tourism constitutes both an economic activity and a cultural force that involves a dynamic interplay between travelers and their ideas about the societies they visit. This paper traces the construction and negotiation of “tourism imaginaries” (Salazar, 2012) in popular guidebooks and independent travel-blogs, critically examining questions of representation and power relations in a Southeast Asian context. Employing critical discourse analysis, this paper investigates how particular Southeast Asian destinations are represented from a Western perspective. Whereas...

Food Sovereignty and Conceptualization of Agency: A Methodological Discussion

Judith Ehlert & Christiane Voßemer
The latest food crisis hit food producers and consumers – mainly in the Global South – hard and refocused attention to the question of global food security. The food sovereignty movement contributes to the growing re-politicization of the debate on ‘how to feed the world’. From an actor-oriented perspective, the article presents a methodological reflection of the concept of food sovereignty in opposition to the concept of food security, both agendas highly relevant in terms...

Urban Brokers of Rural Cuisine: Assembling National Cuisine at Cambodian Soup-Pot Restaurants

Hart Nadav Feuer
Pre-prepared food venues (or soup-pot restaurants) in Cambodia and other Asian countries make their decisions about what to cook in a complex food–society nexus, factoring in their culinary skill, seasonality of ingredients, and diners’ expectations for variety. As such, soup-pot restaurants exist as tenuous brokers between rural food customs and the prevailing expectations of city dwellers. In urban areas, they are a transparent window into seasonality and market cycles, as well as an opportunity to...

Building Interregional Networks Among Young Researchers: IFAIR’s 2nd EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue

Kilian Spandler

Food Sovereignty: A Framework for Assessing Agrarian Responses to Climate Change in the Philippines

Amber A. Heckelman & Hannah Wittman

Change and Challenges for Foreign Retirees in Thailand. An Interview with Nancy Lindley

Christina Vogler
The northern city of Chiang Mai in Thailand has become a popular destination for national and international tourists as well as for a growing number of expatriates and retirement migrants. Compared to Thailand’s southern destinations such as Phuket or Pattaya, Chiang Mai features a cooler climate and interesting cultural and environmental surroundings. Therefore, since 2006/07, the city continues to attract many retired expats from several countries all over the world. Nancy Lindley is the head...

Book Review: Pichler, M. (2014). Politische Ökologie der Palmöl- und Agrartreibstoffproduktion in Südostasien.

Timo Duile

Sovereignties of Food: Political Struggle and Life-World Encounters in Southeast Asia

Christiane Voßemer, Judith Ehlert, Michelle Proyer & Ralph Guth

Reflections on the 8th EuroSEAS Conference, 11–14 August, Vienna

Duncan McCargo

Tourism and Development in Southeast Asia

Claudia Dolezal & Alexander Trupp

Book Review: Gravers, M., & Flemming, Y. (Eds.). (2014). Burma/Myanmar—Where now?

Simon Benedikter & Ute Köster

Exploring the Poverty Reduction Potential of Social Marketing in Tourism Development

V. Dao Truong & C. Michael Hall
Although social marketing has been demonstrated to be an effective tool of behavior change in a variety of contexts, its poverty reduction potential in tourism development has captured limited research attention. This paper explores the potential contribution of social marketing to tourism-related poverty alleviation in Sapa, Vietnam. It does so by creating an understanding of how local residents perceive poverty, then exploring whether social marketing could be a potential solution in the case of Sapa....

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