Exploring Southeast Asian History and Cultural Values Through Short Stories

Conference: The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2022)
Title: Exploring Southeast Asian History and Cultural Values Through Short Stories
Stream: Film and Literature: Artistic Correspondence
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Ivan Kaye Bantigue, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines


In this study, the research intends to investigate the commonalities of cultural values in the community and lifestyle of selected Southeast Asian countries based on selected short stories from ASEAN literature. These selections were all written during the 1950s to 1990s against a background of political, social, and psychological change.

When discussing cultural values in a region, one may assume that values are evenly shared, despite a range of unique characteristics that differ from one to another. In the context of Southeast Asia, it is easy to define the tangible values shared by the countries in the region; for instance, they are deeply rooted in Eastern culture and people in Southeast Asia. The similarity of Southeast Asian cultural values found in the selected short stories is that countries in this region tend to showcase cross-cultural interactions. While matters of achievement, self-direction, security, and helpfulness are among the values, Southeast Asia perceives as necessary.
Hans-Georg Gadamer was a leading Continental Philosopher who lies in the vital development of hermeneutic philosophy- "the art of interpretation" universalization of the scope of hermeneutics by extending the text to all forms of understanding. Content Analysis is a research technique that involves the objective, systematic and qualitative description of the manifest content of the communication.

The research deals with its stronghold on developing literary pieces and respect for cultural diversities. At the end of this research, readers will understand that Southeast Asia Literature promotes and preserves the values of the Southeast Asia countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, and the Philippines. The primary focus of the study was the comparative analysis of the commonalities of culture and history in some selected ASEAN countries as reflected in the representative short stories of ASEAN literature.

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