Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume 90 Part 2, No. 313 December 2017

Thomas Stamford Raffles' Masonic Career in Java: A New Perspective on the British Interregnum
- Roy Jordan and Peter Carey

Family Narratives and Abandoned Monuments of the May 13 Riot in the Sungai Buloh Leprosariume
- Por Heong Hong

A Chinese Labour Broker in Malaya: Lee Kwai Lim and his Kam Lun Tai Company
- Tan Miau Ing

Gene Z. Hanrahan: Elusive Historian of the Malayan Emergency
- Marc Opper

Three French Accounts of Nineteenth-Century Singapore and Penang
- translated by Colin Dyer

- Penang in 1837, as seen by Captain Auguste Vaillant

- Singapore ca. 1859, as seen by Colonel Henri de Ponchalon

- Singapore in 1897, as seen by Paul Doumer

An Article I Never Published

- William George Maxwell: A Biographical Note by J.M. Gullick

Documents From Malaysian History

- Visit to Independent States in the Vicinity of Malacca by Fred. A. Weld, Governor of the Straits Settlements


Book Reviews

Ancient Southeast Asia by John N. Miksic and Geok Yian Goh

Boundaries and Beyond: China's Maritime Southeast in Late Imperial Times by Ng Chin Keong

Brunei: From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century by Marie-Sybille de Vienne

Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism edited by Paul T. Cohen

Tunku: An Odyssey of a Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved by Kobkua Suwannathat Pian

Mobile Citizens: French Indians in Indochina 1858-1954 by Natasha Pairaudeau

Thailand's Hyper Royalism: Its Past Success and Present Predicament by Thongchai Winichakul

Chinese Deathscapes in Insulindia. A Special Issue of Archipel (vol. 92, 2016) edited by Claudine Salmon

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