Bookshelf Spotlight: Women in Southeast Asian Politics

Featured Books

* Aung San Suu Kyi: Leading the Burmese Democracy Movement
* Corazon Aquino and the Brushfire Revolution
* Power, Resistance And Women Politicians in Cambodia: Discourses of Emancipation
* No Other Road to Take: Memoir of Mrs Nguyen Thi Dinh
* Women and Politics in Thailand- Continuity and Change

Aung San Suu Kyi: Leading the Burmese Democracy Movement


by Heinz Duthel
CreateSpace, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi Awn Sahn Sue Chee Government leaders are amazing, she once said. So often it seems they are the last to know what the people want. Following the release of Burmese democracy leader and 1991 Nobel Peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 10 July 1995, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) led by Prime Minister Dr. Sein Win, convened the first ever Convention of Elected Representatives from the liberated areas of Burma in Bommersvik, Sweden, from 16-23 July 1995. The representatives of the people of Burma elected in the 27 May 1990 general elections, met to discuss the drastically changed political situation in Burma and to re-organize the NCGUB into a more effective force to support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s political initiatives in Rangoon. The Convention supported Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s call for a genuine political dialogue and called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to implement the UN General Assembly resolution which called for him to assist in the national reconciliation process in Burma. A tripartite dialogue between the Burmese military led by SLORC; the democracy movement led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; and Burma’s ethnic leaders; was endorsed by the elected representatives. The Convention welcomed the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and thanked all who worked for her release. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s return to politics and her determination to continue working for democracy in Burma was applauded and welcomed.

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Corazon Aquino and the Brushfire Revolution


by Robert H. Reid and Eileen Guerrero
Louisiana State University Press, 1995

The “people power” revolution that brought Corazon Aquino, widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, to the presidency of the Philippines in 1986 seemed to promise a new era in the troubled history of that nation. The downfall of the Marcos regime and the advent of a new leadership inspired by an apparent idealism and concern for pressing social problems were met with international enthusiasm and optimism. Ultimately, however, the Aquino presidency proved ineffectual. Although Cory Aquino achieved her office by projecting the image of a bereaved widow unsophisticated in political matters and desirous of a new and better Philippines, she rivaled her predecessor in refusing to deliver many of the reforms necessary for her country’s advancement beyond poverty and corruption. Robert H. Reid and Eileen Guerrero, both seasoned journalists, reported on the political scene in the Philippines throughout the Aquino administration, and their in-depth analysis in Corazon Aquino and the Brushfire Revolution offers a vivid, insightful record of those turbulent years. Drawing from a wealth of interview sources, primary and secondary documents, and their own close familiarity with Filipino society and government, the authors elucidate the complex political world of the Philippines.

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Power, Resistance And Women Politicians in Cambodia: Discourses of Emancipation


by Mona Lilja
Nordic Inst of Asian Studies, 2008

In a world where there are few women politicians, Cambodia is still noticeable as a country where strong cultural and societal forces act to subjugate women and limit their political opportunities. However, in their everyday life, Cambodian women do try to improve their situation and increase their political power, not least via manifold strategies of resistance.

This book focuses on Cambodian female politicians and the strategies they deploy in their attempts to destabilize the cultural boundaries and hierarchies that restrain them. In particular, the book focuses on how women use discourses and identities as means of resistance, a concept only recently of wide interest among scholars studying power. The value of this book is thus twofold: not only does it give a unique insight into the political struggles of Cambodian women but also offers new insights to studies of power.

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No Other Road to Take: Memoir of Mrs Nguyen Thi Dinh


by Nguyen Thi Dinh and Mai Elliot
Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 1976

The eminently fascinating woman whose strength, courage, and intelligence made an impact on Vietnamese history has written a memoir that deserves to be read. Born into a peasant family in South Vietnam, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Dinh initially joined the Vietminh resistance against French occupation. In 1960 she led the uprising in Ben Tre province against the Diem regime, was then appointed to the leadership committee of the NLF (National Liberation Front) in her province, and later served as Chairman of the South Vietnam Women’s Liberation Association. The oppressive policies of Diem and the problems of civil war and American involvement are written about with powerful immediacy-effectively illustrating the patriotic fervor and determination of those she fought with and helped lead.

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Women and Politics in Thailand- Continuity and Change


by Kazuki Iwanaga and Marjorie Suriyamongkoi
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2008

This is the first study in English to analyze in detail the position of women in Thai politics. It subjects various dimensions of women and politics in Thailand to both theoretical and empirical scrutiny; in so doing, it draws together into one volume previously fragmented research in this field. Leading scholars in the field address the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities for increased women’s political representation in Thailand. Will Thai politics be different with an increase in the number of women politicians? What are the possibilities for Thai women to take proactive initiatives that aim to transform Thai politics into being more gender aware and equal? In seeking to address these and related issues, the analysis brings together a complex interplay of factors, such as traditional Thai views of gender and politics; the national and local political context of the new Thai constitution of 1997; and recent experiences of selected women politicians in the legislative and executive branches of Thai government

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