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a funny look into Orientalism in Southeast Asia

Orientalism involves a system of imagined reality about the East, in this case Southeast Asia, according to the comparison of Western and Eastern civilizations based on Western standards (Said, 132). The biased evaluation of Southeast Asia was deeply associated with European visitors and settlers’ scheme to extract resources and transform social order for their own benefits (Owen, 4). Thus, in order to legitimize imperialist rule, the image of early Southeast Asia presented by Orientalists was distorted in the socio-economic, political, and cultural aspects.
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