56 episodes

Podcast by Dr. Eric Jones

Southeast Asia Crossroads Podcast - CSEAS @ NIU Dr. Eric Jones

    • Education
    • 4.7, 6 Ratings

Podcast by Dr. Eric Jones

    Tools for Empowerment: Southeast Asian Community Playground Designs with Jon Racek

    Tools for Empowerment: Southeast Asian Community Playground Designs with Jon Racek

    Like many people, Jon Racek's career in modern architecture took an abrupt turn after the 2008 financial recession. When he reassessed his career and how to move forward, he ended up moving to Thailand with his family. The move catalyzed a journey to build community education systems, specifically playground equipment. Eric Jones sits down with Jon to discuss this journey, its connection with Southeast Asia, and how his idea is championing a new approach to NGO work.

    • 32 min
    Lanna Traditions: Music and Dance of North Thailand

    Lanna Traditions: Music and Dance of North Thailand

    Music permeates our lives in a multitude of ways and many believe it is a gateway to the supernatural. However, it is much more than that. Music can reveal history, culture, religion, politics, to name just a few. Eric Jones sits down with Andrew Shahriari and Chamni Sripraram to discuss how music in Thailand is a gateway to its cultural traditions.

    • 50 min
    Revisiting Gender in Southeast Asia

    Revisiting Gender in Southeast Asia

    For scholars of Southeast Asian Studies, the fluidity of gender in Southeast Asia is permeating contemporary scholarship in new ways. Dr. Tamara Loos and Kanjana Thepboriruk sit down with Eric Jones to discuss the impact of Judith Butler's work as a foundation to these rising, novel discussions concerning gender in Southeast Asia.

    • 51 min
    Inequality in Southeast Asia with a Focus on Thailand

    Inequality in Southeast Asia with a Focus on Thailand

    Thailand has a unique social structure because it is a country of the global South but has never come under colonial rule while emulating Western modernization. The result is a double structure, one part consisting of a precapitalist structure and the other comprising a hierarchy of social classes. On this episode, Dr. Boike Rehbein sits down with Eric Jones, Kanjana Thepboriruk, and John Hartmann to discuss the peculiarities of Thailand's social structure and the resulting inequality.

    • 48 min
    Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Inflows into Lao People’s Democratic Republic with Shoua Yang

    Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Inflows into Lao People’s Democratic Republic with Shoua Yang

    Dr. Shoua Yang, Professor of Political Science at St. Cloud State University joins Dr. Eric Jones to discuss the impacts of foreign capital on the political and economic development of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Dr. Yang's insight reveals the benefits and consequences of receiving aid from foreign nations in the process of development.

    • 38 min
    Prayer and Skin Color: Religious and Ethnic Sentiments in the Jakarta Elections

    Prayer and Skin Color: Religious and Ethnic Sentiments in the Jakarta Elections

    Today we sit down with Nathanael Sumaktoyo to explore the puzzle of Muslim voting behavior with double minority candidates.

    Crossroads would like to thank Agung Pradanta for today's music.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Aquateenwhateveryeah ,

Excellent material - but needs more focus

I've been searching for more podcasts about Southeast Asia and I was happy to find the Crossroads podcast but it could benefit from a few small improvements.

-The discussions move at an uncomfortably slow pace...even while listening at 2x speed.

-Some discussions seem to lose focus and jump from broad topic to broad topic. Guests seem primed to provide generalizations of their work rather than describe key elements that lead them to their conclusions.

Hopefully I'll be giving this program 5 stars in the future.

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