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Online Exhibition: Teak Trading in Thailand during the 19th Century

Exhibition duration: September 28, 2020-November 28, 2020

Location: Online

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Don’t miss this online exhibition by the UH Mānoa Hamilton Library Asia Collection, focusing on Teak Trading in Thailand during the Nineteenth Century. Southeast Asia as a major source of key raw materials and markets plays an important role in the world economy. Teak was an important resource used for construction and shipbuilding in Mainland Southeast Asia during the colonial era. It became the most sought-after timber during the British and French colonial expansion. Before the nineteenth century, teak was exported only in a small quantity. However, rising world demand led the European traders to get involved in teak export in Southern India, Burma, and Northern Thailand.

This exhibition was created by Jaratnapa Surinlert, Student Assistant, Asia Collection. Jaratnapa is a PhD student in Archaeology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on lithic study in Northern Thailand and the prehistoric period in Southeast Asia. She previously worked as a Cultural Officer at ASEAN Cultural Center in Bangkok and she finished her MA in Archaeology from Silpakorn University, Thailand.