‘…tell us anything, but tell us from Asia. Anything that helps opening up our view on the world.’
The above quote is from a blog post by Marieke Bloembergen on the website of the Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The comment is part of a reflection on the recent celebrations to mark the opening of Leiden University’s new Asian Library. The post touches on issues of central importance for those studying the histories and societies of Asia: who gets to have their voices heard in conversations about Asia, what are their perspectives and what are the unstated implications of those viewpoints, and how are these intertwined with relations of power? Thought provoking.