New NIAS Press catalog copy for Laotian Pages

Wow! NIAS Press has released its new catalog copy for our critical translation of Alfred Raquez’s amazing travel narrative from turn-of-the-century Laos. Check it out (click and expand image below)

And get those credit cards ready because the book will be available this October! And it will BLOW YOUR MIND AWAY

 

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Robert Pearce profile in Indonesia Expat

Robert Pearce, an excellent artist and good friend, has an excellent profile in Indonesia Expat, our local freebie newspaper in Jakarta.

Rob works in mixed-media, especially paper and paint and photography, and his beautiful work, inspired by his long experience of Indonesian culture and landscape, is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Check out the profile here: http://indonesiaexpat.biz/lifestyle/rob-pearce-artist-day/

Check out Rob’s work here: www.robpearce62.com

 

 

New peer-reviewed article on Mission Raquez

In 1904, French explorer and author Alfred Raquez embarked on a year-long ethnographic mission through Laos to collect material for the 1906 Colonial Exposition in Marseille. He published his notes in L’Avenir du Tonkin and its sister publication La Revue Indochinoise, and took hundreds of photos, many of which are still collected as postcards, and made hundreds of phonograph rolls of field recordings, which are now lost.

I am very pleased that my article on Mission Raquez has been published in the prominent peer-reviewed journal History and Anthropolgy, published by Taylor and Francis, and listed in all sorts of spiffy neat-o international humanities indexes.

Here is the abstract:

This paper focuses on Mission Raquez, a French ethnographic expedition through Laos to collect material for the Marseille Colonial Exposition of 1906. This paper discusses the location of extant material and considers the ethnographic methods used on the mission in conjunction with anthropological study, mass media, and popular celebrity in turn of the century France.

You can access the article at this permalink:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02757206.2018.1474351

If you want a PDF, please contact me using this forum. Supplies are limited! Order yours today!

To support my ongoing research into Alfred Raquez, donate at

paypal.me/drgsupreme

or follow my patreon

patreon.com/williamlgibson

 

New review for Land of Pagodas

A positive and perceptive new review for our translation of Alfred Raquez’s In the Land of Pagodas has been published at NewBooks Asia. Check it out here: https://newbooks.asia/review/faces-unknown

“The quality of the translation is excellent and includes an abundance of well-researched footnotes as well, which certainly facilitate the understanding of Raquez’s French references, making it easier for the reader to follow the rich, but at times confusing, narration without major difficulties.”

Buy our book here http://www.niaspress.dk/books/land-pagodas

Ride with Me Jakarta Night-rider!

Hop aboard the Honda Vario for a night ride across south Jakarta…. It doesn’t get much more fun than this! Or does it???

For NRSD, vinyl re-issue of Singapore A-Go-Go!!!

Wow! Way back in 2009 I worked with the good folks at Sublime Frequencies on a CD of 1960s Singapore pop based on my own record collection. I did the research, the interviews, and wrote the liner notes.

Now, nearly a decade later, Sublime Frequencies is RE-ISSUING A VINYL PRESSING for National Record Store Day in USA, April 21.

Is this totally awesome?

Yes, yes it is.

Buy it here in MP3 or wait a week and buy it in luscious vibrant VINYL.

http://www.sublimefrequencies.com/products/576874-singapore-a-go-go-vol-1

 

More Ride with Me Jakarta vids

Awhile back we established that my commute is far superior to your commute and I featured videos to prove it…riding to work on my bike and riding home on my Honda scooter through the dynamic streets of Jakarta.

Now just for fun we’re doing a reverse commute…riding to work on my scooter and riding home on my bike. Some overlap along the routes, but not much…I generally go different ways…

To work…

And home…

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