Pearls of Southeast Asia
Experience the vibrant and fascinating cultures of Southeast Asia by land and sea on this comprehensive journey to Bali, Java, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, featuring major historic sites such as Borobudur and Angkor Wat
- Insights from the West of Ireland
- Fabulous shots from Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter
- Visiting Mount Fuji, by way of rural Japan
- Saturday in Pamplona
A Southeast Asia specialist, Nancy I. Cooper is Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she teaches world prehistory, cultural anthropology, gender studies, ethnography of performance, as well as Southeast Asian cultures. Nancy has spent eight years living in Southeast Asia, mainly Singapore and Indonesia. She conducted her doctoral research as a Fulbright scholar and Henry Luce fellow in rural Java, and subsequently published a number of scholarly articles on expressive culture and gender in Javanese society. Prior to returning to Hawai‘i in 2005, she taught in the Southeast Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore and at UCLA and other University of California campuses. A fellow graduate student with the late S. Ann Dunham, the mother of President Obama, Nancy co-edited Dunham’s book Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia in 2009 after her passing. As a musician and singer with Javanese gamelan music, Nancy has performed with groups in Java, Singapore, California, and mostly in Hawai‘i with the University of Hawai‘i Gamelan Ensemble. Her current research focuses on preventive exorcism rituals and a popular Javanese musical fusion in an analysis of how pre-industrial traditions are revitalizing in rapidly modernizing contexts.
Anne-Marie Harrison was born and brought up in Paris but has subsequently lived in many different countries. Originally a linguist, she adapted to the many changes brought by the various relocations due to her British husband's job. She spent 16 years in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia) during which time she became involved with the local culture and languages, which enabled her to experience many different fields of activity: she worked in museums, ran a charity in the slum area of Bangkok, coordinated the teaching of English to Vietnamese refugees in Singapore and created a guiding programme in the Philippines. Her work in museums led to lecturing and a Master's in anthropology (EHESS, Sorbonne) on her return to France in 1995. She has been lecturing on ships since 1993 and is a regular speaker to cultural organizations throughout France. Now back in her own country, she has been elected deputy Mayor of her village in the Dordogne.