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On 22 June 2000, Henk Schulte N ordholt was installed as the HAS Extraordinary Chair in Asian History at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Two excerpts from his oration, ‘A State o f Violence’, are presented w ith an interview by Marieke Brand.

CENTRAL ASIA Two giant Buddhas, hewn out o f rock in the Bamiyan valley, Afghanistan, are barely surviving the hostile onslaughts o f warfare and iconoclasm over past centuries to the present. Jet van Krieken describes their p lig h t w ith in the context o f the aims o f the Society for the Preservation o f Afghanistan’s C ultural Heritage. ^.aiiÉÉ

Scholars o f anthropometric history seek to quantify trends in physical measures o f health and economic well-being, notably height and weight. A report on research being done at Flinders University on an anthropometric history o f India w ritten by Ralph Shlomowitz. -Jp.22]

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★ Peter Ho reports on the research done by the Environmental Policy Group o f Wageningen University to address the lack o f expertise and education in environmental studies in East Asia. - (p.4]

THEME RELATIONS BETWEEN M O D E R N INDIAN AND INDONESIAN HINDUISM M artin Ramstedt, guest editor, sees Indonesian Hindus turning to India for reasons o f strengthening their positions against hegemonic Indonesian Islam as well as Christianity. Through this issue’s theme he hopes to stimulate the debate on this rapprochement.

THEME: MODERN HINDUISME

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The International Dunhuang Project (IDP) has been developing a database that provides digital images, catalogue information, and on-line access to catalogues. An article by Sam van Schaik. - (p.15]

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EAST ASI A Although widely considered proof that the peace process is moving ahead, fam ily reunions and highlevel talks were nothing new between N orth and South Korea. Tim Beal presents his analysis o f the impact o f the Korean Summit that took place last June in ‘Milestones o f Peace and Reconciliation’. - (p.2pj it As part o f the celebrations o f the 400-year relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, Leiden played host to ‘Voices from Japan’, an international symposium on contemporary art and discourse. K itty Zijlmans reports on the activities and discussions. - (p.36)

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In Nepal, where lines o f communication are lim ited and unreliable, the decentralized and low maintenance nature o f the Internet is an advantage. Mark T urin discusses New D igital Media in Nepal. - (p. 17)

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The town o f Vigan in the Philippines has an architectural wealth that no other town or city in the country can match. Andrew Symon writes about this Unesco World Heritage Site. - (p. 24)

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The pth Seminar o f the International Association for Tibetan Studies.

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PAATI Conference ‘Audiences, Patrons and Performers’

ESF A S I A C O M M I T T E E On 15 - 16 June 2000, the F ull Committee o f the ESF-AC convened in Madrid.

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TheEIAS in Brussels joins the Strategic Alliance.

Malaysia’s M inister ofFinance declared the financial crisis over. Domestic auto sales started to show the recovery. Yuri Sadoi reports on her research into the international competitiveness o f the Malaysian automobile industry and the key to its further development. - (P.25J Frits Staal discusses a recent ‘breakthrough’ in Vedic Studies that assigns a reasonably accurate location in space and time to the numerous schools o f the Vedas that for m illennia seemed to be suspended in air. - (p.2o)

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Abstracts ofESF AC-sponsored workshops for 2001.

★ In an article by Matthew Isaac Cohen, the author relates his experiences during a recent pilgrimage he made to the sacred m ountain o f Gunung Ciremai in West Java, Indonesia, w ith members o f an association o f Brai mystics, a goverment C ultural Inspector, and a number o f young ‘m ountain climbers’, -(p.27)

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53 Republik Indochaos, Harsono, 1998 (from a series offive etchings). An exhibition o f‘protest art’ from Indonesia marks how Museum Nusantara in Delft, the Netherlands, aims to inform visitors about recent developments in Indonesian culture. Helena Spanjaard discusses ‘Reformasi Indonesia’, -(p .38]

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