What’s Next in the Battle for Southeast Asian History?

What’s Next in the Battle for Southeast Asian History?

The renewed global momentum to decolonize public spaces, curriculums, and mindsets has taken new forms in Southeast Asia in recent years too, with homegrown collectives working to popularize alternative histories of the region. Netusha Naidu, a 24-year-old history graduate from Seremban, a town near Kuala Lumpur, co-founded Imagined Malaysia (IM) in 2016. “The idea was to think about how we could reimagine Malaysian history and our past to make it…