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A Roundtable on The History of US-Southeast Asian Relations

Organized by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Diplomatic History

About the Roundtable

The United States has a long history of involvement in Southeast Asia, from the colonization of the Philippines at the dawn of the twentieth century through the Pacific War and the revolutionary struggles across the region that intersected with the global Cold War. Despite this multi-faceted history, scholars’ outsize preoccupation with US war in Vietnam has obscured much of America’s diverse and enduring relationship with the wider region. This roundtable attempts to examine the US-Southeast Asian relationship with a broad, regional focus, shedding light on overlooked interconnections between the US and different states and peoples within and beyond Southeast Asia, and revealing new international histories of America’s complex encounter with the region.

Venue: HSS Conference Room (HSS-05-57)​

Flyer and Speaker Profiles: Click here​

​1 August 2019, Thursday

Welcome to Roundtable Participants and a Talk/Discussion on​ Reconceptualizing Asian experiences of the Cold War ​
​09:40 Registration / Coffee​
10:00​ Welcome Message
Dr. Wen-Qing Ngoei (History, NTU)​
​10:20 "Reconceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground experiences in​ Asia"
A talk by Associate Professor Hajimu Masuda (Department of History, NUS)

Moderated by Associate Professor Joey Long (Department of History, NUS)
​12:00 ​Lunch (catered)
​​2 August 2019, Friday

Diplomatic History Roundtable on US-Southeast Asian Relations History ​
​09:30 ​Registration / Coffee-Tea Breakfast
​09:45 ​Welcome Message
Dr. Wen-Qing Ngoei (History, NTU)​
​10:00 Introductory Remarks on the History of US-Southeast Asian Relations
​Associate Professor Anne L. Foster (Department of History, Indiana State University; Co-Chief Editor, Diplomatic History)
​10:30 ​​Session One:

​"The United States and Southeast Asia: Reflections on Where we have been, and Where we can go"
Professor Kenton Clymer (Department of History, Northern Illinois University)

"The United States and the 'Chinese Problem' of Southeast Asia"
Dr Wen-Qing Ngoei (NTU)
​12:00 Lunch (catered)​
​Session Two:

"Aid Becomes Tribute: Thailand's King Bhumibol and the Creation of the American Periphery"
Dr. Matthew Phillips (Department of History, Aberystwyth University)

"A Social Engineering Project of Monumental Proportions": Indonesian Transmigration and the Crisis of Development, 1968-1985
Associate Professor Bradley Simpson (Department of History, University of Connecticut)

"Gender, Political Detention, and Human Rights in the Philippines"
Dr. Joy Sales (American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis)
​16:00 ​Tea / End of Session


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