Experts Guide

Name: Tharaphi Than
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Office Phone: 8157536453
E-mail: tthan@niu.edu
Expertise: My research interests include women of Burma and Southeast Asia, censorship, cartoons, print media and migration. My first book 'Women of Modern Burma' will be published by Routledge in October 2013. I teach Burmese at all levels, censorship and literature. For non-academic work, I volunteer at a small charity based in Burma (Myanmar), Link Emergency Aid & Development (LEAD). Since 2010, I have given media interviews and written comments and analyses for PBS News, BBC News 24, Sky news, Guardian, BBC Burmese, etc. Selected publications: Understanding the Language of Pyidawtha: Burmese Approaches to Development (submitted to South East Asia Research Journal in January 2013) (2012), ‘Commercial Burmanization: two adverts by Burmah Oil Company in postcolonial Burma’, IIAS Newsletter, Spring 2012, p. 34 (2012) ‘Review of “Local Traditions, Global Modernities: Dress, Identity and the Creation of Public Self-Images in Contemporary Urban Myanmar”, ASÉANIE, forthcoming (2012) ‘Review of “The Return of Galon King”, Journal of the Economic and Social History, vol. 55, pp. 183-186 (2012) Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, "Volume 3: Cultural Sociology of East Asia; Part 3 1900 to Present: Burma (Myanmar)" (2012) Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, "Volume 3: Cultural Sociology of East Asia; Part 3 1900 to Present: Chinese Diaspora" (2011) ‘Understanding prostitutes and prostitution in democratic Burma, 1942-1962: State jewels or victims of modernity?’, South East Asia Research Journal, vol. 19, number 3, pp. 537-566. ‘From Kitchen to Battle Ground: Prelude to the Creation of the Burma Women’s Army during the Japanese Occupation’, The Asia-Pacific Journal (Accepted June, 2011) (2010) ‘Review of Journal Kyaw Ma Ma Lay, ‘Man Like Him’’, South East Asia Research Journal, vol. 18, number 3. (2010) ‘Burma is No Closer to Democracy’, The Guardian, 8 November.
Topics: Southeast Asia
Last Updated: 3/14/2013