Southeast Asia: A History      


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19

 What is the ethnic and religious composition of the countries of Southeast Asia, from Myanmar to Timor-Leste? How does this cultural background impact the chance for democracy to succeed? Do you wonder how colonialism ultimately changed the countries of this region? We attempt to answer these questions, and others, by examining the history of Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on the period after colonialism arrived. This exploration furthers a general understanding of the region and enhances any anticipated visit.

  1. Introduction and Indonesia (to 1966)
  2. Malaysia(to 1980) and Singapore(to 1988)
  3. Thailand (to 2000)
  4. Myanmar (to 1948)
  5. Cambodia (to 1941)
  6. Viet Nam (to 1986)
  7. Timor Leste (to today)
  8. The Philippines(to 1986)

Facilitator: Paul Sarno

Paul Sarno is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Law School and practiced as a civil trial lawyer in New York City for 38 years. From his undergraduate days, he has nurtured a fascination with Southeast Asia. Through readings, visits and memberships in the Asia Society and the Burma Studies Group and as a Trustee of the Burma Studies Foundation, he has engaged in a systematic effort to better understand these countries.