Robert Dentan, who has devoted his life to teaching and anthropological research, is publishing his third book in November. The Spectrum the University of Buffalo campus newspaper, has previewed Overwhelming Terror: Love, Fear, Peace, and Violence among the Semai of Malaysia, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield on November 28. The Semai “are […]

In a speech last Friday, Robert Dentan described how the beauty of Semai nonviolence could inspire the rest of the world. Dentan’s presentation was part of the weekly “ Asia at Noon” brown bag luncheon series hosted by the Asian Studies Program at the University at Buffalo. His talk, titled “From Savages to Serfs: How […]

“When all Orang Asli have become Malays, then Malays will become Orang Asli,” one Semai man explained, getting right to the heart of a major problem for his society. In a recent article, Kirk Endicott and Robert Knox Dentan review many facets of the continuing Malaysian commitment to assimilating the Orang Asli societies—the Semai, the […]