Political History of Vietnam and Cambodia

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Political History of Vietnam and Cambodia

* The following was a presentation given on November 8, 2008 for the World Affairs Council of Houston’s Global Issues in Depth – Portrait of Southeast Asia.

Immigration is as old as Southeast Asia’s history

  • Human movements and colonizations across land and sea in Southeast Asia
  • The early Homo populations settled in Southeast Asia and extended northwards and eastwards to China and Java by perhaps 1.5 million years ago.
  • The movement of the anatomically modern humans that crossed the sea gaps of eastern Indonesia to reach Australia, New Guina and possibly the Philippines around 35,000 to 40,000 years ago.
  • The Americans were reached more recently, perhaps about 14,000 years ago.

Source: A Cultural History of Southeast Asia: From Earliest Times to the Indic Civilizations, edited by P. Bellwood and I. Glover. Routledge Curzon Press, New York (2004)

Source: A Cultural History of Southeast Asia: From Earliest Times to the Indic Civilizations,edited by P. Bellwood and I. Glover. Routledge Curzon Press, New York (2004).

Southeast Asia from prehistory to history

  • Southeast Asia civilization was not a backwater stuck fast in the stone age
  • Southeast Asia civilization is not a loan civilization of India or China
  • But Southeast Asia is an imagined reality: Is Southeast Asia a jigsaw puzzle or a collage?
  • “Glocalization” in Southeast Asia

Source: A Cultural History of Southeast Asia: From Earliest Times to the Indic Civilizations, edited by P. Bellwood and I. Glover. Routledge Curzon Press, New York (2004)

Source: A Cultural History of Southeast Asia: From Earliest Times to the Indic Civilizations, edited by P. Bellwood and I. Glover. Routledge Curzon Press, New York (2004).

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