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HERstory Southeast Asia Welcome to HERstory, the history of Southeast Asia, told from her perspective. Hosted by Agas Ramirez.

We’ll discover historical figures, matriarchal societies, and contemporary female icons — and maybe learn about ourselves along the way.

08/08/2023

HERstory: Southeast Asia Thank you to our patrons: Yati, Charlie, Shereen, Matt, Raymond, Christina, Jennifer, Xiaomeiby Milish, Beverly, Alyssa, and Lawrence. This is Part 3 of the series on Meet Me at the Manila Carnival. For 31 years, young women from across the country vied for the title of Mis...

02/07/2023

ICYMI 🎧 Episode 9 features Indradevi, the Poet Queen of Angkor. She is one of Cambodia's first known women poets and the author of the Sanskrit poem inscribed on the stele at the temple of Phimeanakas in Siem Reap. Excerpt here! 👇🏾

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24/06/2023

NEW EPISODE! Meet Me at the Manila Carnival: Becoming Miss Philippines (1909-1926) Excerpt below. 🎧

We’re continuing our deep dive into the Manila Carnival, a two-week festival held during the early American colonial period which culminated in the crowning of the queen and her court at an elaborate formal ball. For 31 years, young women from across the country vied for the title, navigating racial prejudice and standards of beauty, and becoming an integral part of the nation-building process.

Last time, we talked about the origins of the Manila Carnival and how we found our first queen, in so many senses of the word, in Pura Garcia Villanueva Kalaw. Listen to that episode first if you haven’t. Now, in part 2 we’ll follow the Carnival as it comes into its own. This is Part Two: Becoming Miss Philippines, 1909 to 1926.

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23/05/2023

ICYMI 🎧: Episode 7 features the Minangkabau matrilineal society in West Sumatra, Indonesia which traces descent and inheritance through the female line. With guest, writer and podcaster, Haldi Patra. Sound on! 👇🏾

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20/05/2023

ICYMI 🎧: Episode 5.2 follows up on the story of prominent Indonesian national hero and author of Letters of a Javanese Princess, Raden Ajeng Kartini, with guest Priscilla Riabertha. When Kartini turned 12, she was "secluded," a common practice at the time for Javanese noblewomen. Excerpt below! 👇🏾

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18/05/2023

ICYMI: Episode 5 is a two-part episode that features Priscilla Riabertha who was then an undergrad at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

Raden Ajeng Kartini is a prominent Indonesian national hero from Java. She was a pioneer in the area of education for girls and women's rights for Indonesians. Excerpt below! 🎧

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15/05/2023

ICYMI: In ep 4 we meet Aceh’s Laksamana (Admiral) Keumalahayati, the first female admiral in the world, who led the Inong Balee, an all-women army of widows. This episode features a song by the band Keubitbit. Excerpt below! 🎧

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14/05/2023

ICYMI: Ep 3 features Ladies Chan and Mook who defended Phuket in the Burmese–Siamese War of 1785–1786. Their monument is located at the busy roundabout on Thalang's Thepkasattri Road where you can offer them marigolds. Excerpt below! 🎧

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13/05/2023

ICYMI: Excerpt from Episode 2: Raja Hijau and the Queens of Patani. Sound on! 🎧

Learn about Raja Hijau’s rise to power, and the Malay Sultanate of Patani’s nearly unbroken line of queens from 1584 to 1718.

Trivia: Raja Hijau ("green") was succeeded by Raja Biru ("blue"), then Raja Ungu ("purple") and finally, Raja Kuning ("yellow").

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13/05/2023

ICYMI: Excerpt from Episode 1: Supayalat, the Last Queen of Burma. Sound on! 🎧

Inspired by a reference in the 2018 movie, Crazy Rich Asians, this episode discusses the beautiful and ruthless Queen Supayalat. She has long been credited for the massacre of a hundred of the King's relatives to ensure her claim to the throne. But did she really do it?

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09/05/2023

Welcome to the Manila Carnival! 👑🎭

For 31 years, young women from across the country vied for the title of Miss Manila Carnival/ Miss Philippines, navigating racial prejudice and standards of beauty, and becoming an integral part of the nation-building process. Excerpt below!

The music in this episode is "Bodabil" by André Lagoy. Listen now for free wherever you get your podcasts. 🎧

Happy International Women's Day! Let's keep making herstory.
08/03/2023

Happy International Women's Day! Let's keep making herstory.

06/03/2023

Meet Emiria Sunassa: a pioneer of Indonesian modern art, who was also a nurse, singer, pianist, political figure, and traveler who claimed to be a princess of the Tidore Sultanate. Check out the excerpt below or listen for free wherever you get your podcasts. 🖌️🎨

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18/02/2023

BONUS EPISODE! 🥳 I talk about my trip to the Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia and what we know of Tan Tay Po and Thong Siew Mee, two women whose lives are intertwined with this iconic building. Out now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/herstoryseapod

20/12/2022

The Black and White Amahs were southern Chinese women who emigrated to the Straits Settlements and the Malay States in the 1930s and established themselves as domestic servants par excellence. Excerpt below. Full episode out now!

The featured song in this episode is Penang Hill by RJ Kevin.

Extremely honored to be an official finalist at the Asia Podcast Festival Awards 2022! ✨️ The awarding ceremony was held...
04/12/2022

Extremely honored to be an official finalist at the Asia Podcast Festival Awards 2022! ✨️ The awarding ceremony was held in Singapore last weekend. Congratulations to our category winner, Miss Conduct: An Indian True Crime Podcast with Ragavi and Nisha.

02/10/2022

In this episode, we are going to meet Erb Bunnag, a woman whose photographs give us a rare and important glimpse into the early 20th-century Siamese royal court. Chao Chom (royal consort) Erb Bunnag is a rather unique historical figure. I’m happy to report that there ARE sources of information about her, although they’re mostly academic.

"Erb's insightful photos of Bangkok women suggest the ease of an aristocrat long acknowledged in Siamese society and politics. At a time when European colonizers considered annexing Siam, Thais accepted and imitated the culture and tastes of the outside world, especially command of the English language, writing, dance-drama, and other avocations.” (Snodgrass, 2019: 30)

Also check out Fidellithy Tan's The History of Colonisation for chronological introduction to the history of European imperialism and colonialism from a history student's perspective.

The theme music is Goddess of War by Unicorn Heads. This episode includes clips from The King and I's Shall We Dance, André Rieu Live in Bangkok, Float by Geographer, and Animaux Obscenes by Dan Bodan.

As always, thank you to our Patrons – Kheiro, Xiaomeiby by Milish, Jennifer, Christina, Raul, Raymond, Chito, Matt, Ashley, Shereen, Charlie, Chanda, Yati, Kara, and Mando. If you want to join the Patreon, you can give as little as $1 to get a copy of the show notes with all the references, a shout out at the end of the next episode, and access to bonus episodes. Link in bio.

HERstory Southeast Asia is no. 52 on Podboard's Top 100 for August 2022! 🥳"The illustrious human history of the majestic...
21/08/2022

HERstory Southeast Asia is no. 52 on Podboard's Top 100 for August 2022! 🥳

"The illustrious human history of the majestic lands of Southeastern Asia, as told through the lens of the millions and millions of Queens (because ALL WOMEN ARE QUEENS) that made S.E.Asia the wondrous place that it is. Each episode is a different historical exploration with clips and wonderful sound design + hosting."

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28/05/2022

In the first part of episode 19, we're talking about Cut Nyak Dhien and Cut Nyak Meutia, two noblewomen turned guerilla fighters who were widowed twice and defied the Dutch colonizers to the very end of their lives.

This month's ad is the History of Colonisation podcast, hosted by Fidellithy.

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13/03/2022

Episode 18 is about Osoet Pegua, an influential Thai businesswoman of Mon descent who acted as the business agent between the Ayutthaya Kingdom and the Netherlands in the mid-17th century.

This episode was made possible by the generosity of Dr. Dhiravat na Pombejra, former Associate Professor at Chulalongkorn University, who shared his 2011 lecture on Osoet Pegua.

This month's ad is the History of Colonisation podcast, hosted by Fidellithy.

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08/03/2022
19/01/2022

Episode 17 is not about a particular historical figure, but about an embattled group of women known as the nyai, housekeepers, companions, and concubines in the former Dutch East Indies, or present-day Indonesia.

As always thank you to our Patrons: Kheiro, Xiaomeiby by Milish, Jennifer, Christina, Raul, Raymond, Chito, Matt, Shereen, Charlie, Chanda, Yati, Kara, and Mando.

This month's ad is Tuk Tuk Box. They are a specialty food retailer offering curated Southeast Asian boxes and products founded by two Southeast Asian American women who recognized the need to create a cross-cultural bridge to foster social change. They partner with vetted small business owners and local farmers to share carefully crafted ingredients and recipes from their own community. If you're in the US, go check them out!

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17/01/2022

Last time, we talked about Filipino Girlhood in American Colonial Manila, 1908 to 1939, with Tala Wong of ADMU. This month's Patreon bonus episode is a follow up: Paz Marquez Benitez, born in 1894, is the author of Dead Stars, the first modern English short story written by a Filipino. Excerpt below! Like and share to support for free. $1 on Patreon and one-time donations through Ko-Fi. 😊 Visit: http://linktr.ee/herstoryseapod

15/11/2021

Girls’ studies or girlhood studies is a developing field of historical research in the Philippines, says Tala Wong of the Ateneo de Manila University. Her MA thesis explores the emergence of the Filipino girl, and by doing so, aims to give her a voice long denied in Philippine history and historiography. Here's an excerpt where we relate as eldest daughters in Asian households!

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Welcome to Season 2! 🌺We’re back from the long much-needed break and ready to continue our exploration into the hidden w...
15/11/2021

Welcome to Season 2! 🌺

We’re back from the long much-needed break and ready to continue our exploration into the hidden worlds of Southeast Asian women, with diverse topics and interviews centered on the colonial period before World War 2. Our first episode is about “Filipino Girlhood in American Colonial Manila, 1908-1939” with Tala Wong.

28/08/2021

This is the last part of episode 15, where we sit down with Kai, a musicology major and comic book fan, for a casual chat about Trese, a Filipino komik series written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo. Excerpt below!

THANK YOU to the wonderful patrons Raul, Raymond, Matt, Chito, Shereen, Chanda, Yati, Kara, and Mando. Follow Kai on Twitter: and Twitch: kaijuqgle. See you in a few months for Season 2! 💜

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