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HERstory: Southeast Asia

26 EpisodesProduced by Agas RamirezWebsite

Welcome to HERstory, the history of Southeast Asia, told from her perspective. We’ll discover historical figures, matriarchal societies, and contemporary female icons — and maybe learn about ourselves along the way. Season 1 focuses on the Southeast Asian age of commerce up to the colonial period.

26 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

19.2 | Acehnese Women at War: Anonymous was a Woman

July 3rd, 2022

19:15

This is Part 2 of Acehnese Women at War.

In Part 1 we talked about Cut Nyak Dhien and Cut Nyak Meutia, two heroines with very similar elite backgrounds, both widowed twice, and fought the Dutch to their very last …

19.1 | Acehnese Women at War: Cut Nyak Dhien & Cut Nyak Meutia

May 28th, 2022

21:09

In this two-part episode, we’ll be talking about Acehnese Women at War. In part 1, we’ll discuss the “Named” women, Cut Nyak Dhien and Cut Nyak Meutia, whose lives are fairly well-documented. Cut Nyak Dhien and Cut Nyak …

18 | The Life and Times of Osoet Pegua

March 13th, 2022

19:06

Episode 18 is about Osoet Pegua, an influential Thai businesswoman of Mon descent who acted as the business agent between the Ayutthaya Kingdom and the Netherlands in the mid-17th century.

This episode was made possible …

17 | Nyai Ontosoroh and the "Housekeepers" of the Dutch East Indies

January 18th, 2022

25:43

This episode is not about a particular historical figure, but about an embattled group of women known as the nyai, housekeepers, companions, and …

16 | Filipino Girlhood in American Colonial Manila, 1908-1939 with Tala Wong

November 15th, 2021

1:01:17

We’re back from the long much-needed break and ready to continue our exploration into the hidden worlds of Southeast Asian women, with diverse topics …

15.3 | Trese the Babaylan-Mandirigma with @KaijuQgle

August 28th, 2021

30:04

This is the last part of episode 15, where we sit down with Kai, a musicology major and comic book fan, for a casual chat about Trese, a Filipino …

15.2 | The Babaylan of Pre-Colonial Philippines with Makadiwata

July 24th, 2021

38:50

This is episode 15, part 2, where we sit down with independent researcher, Makadiwata, to get their thoughts on the babaylan's role in uprisings …

15.1 | The Babaylan of Pre-Colonial Philippines

June 25th, 2021

36:53

The last episode of Season 1 is about a group of people, usually women, called the Babaylan -- shamans endowed with powers to cure the sick, predict …

14 | Ba Trieu and the Uprising of 248 AD

April 23rd, 2021

21:15

A heroine nine-feet tall, with yard-long breasts, and a voice like a temple bell riding an elephant into battle? There is a lot going on in episode 14, Ba Trieu and the Uprising of 248 AD.

Ba or Lady Trieu was a 3rd …

13 | Dyah Gitarja and the Majapahit Empire

March 24th, 2021

24:55

This episode is about Dyah Gitarja, a Javanese queen regnant and the third Majapahit monarch, reigning from 1328 to 1350. I went over the top on clips on this one, but it's a long story!

We have two ads this month: …

12 | The Cham Matriarchy with a Note on Queen Ang Mei

February 23rd, 2021

22:33

In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into the Cham, a matriarchal and matrilineal society descended from the refugees of the Kingdom of Champa, whose members now mostly reside in Vietnam and Cambodia. Later in this …

11 | Cik Siti Wan Kembang and Puteri Saadong

January 22nd, 2021

19:46

In this episode, we’ll meet Cik Siti Wan Kembang, who according to some sources was the ruler of the state of Kelantan from 1610 to 1677. Like the …

10.3 | Prinsesa Urduja of Tawalisi with Tiffanie Ang

December 21st, 2020

26:15

This December, we are joined by Tiffanie Ang, a University of the Philippines Film Institute graduate, Creative Director of VISH Media, and director of the short film Princess Urduja. In the second part of this two-part …

10.2 | Prinsesa Urduja of Tawalisi with Tiffanie Ang

December 20th, 2020

25:48

This December, we are joined by Tiffanie Ang, a University of the Philippines Film Institute graduate, Creative Director of VISH Media, and director of the short film Princess Urduja. In the first part of this two-part …

10.1 | Prinsesa Urduja of Tawalisi

November 18th, 2020

26:16

In this special two-part episode, we’ll uncover the story of Prinsesa Urduja of Tawalisi, a legendary warrior princess who led her own army. While she was recorded in the travel accounts of Ibn Battuta in the 14th …

9 | Indradevi, the Poet Queen of Angkor

October 21st, 2020

23:10

In this episode, we’ll meet Queen Indradevi of the Khmer Civilization, one of Cambodia's first known women poets and the author of the Sanskrit poem inscribed on the stele at the temple of Phimeanakas in Siem Reap. 

8 | Hajjah Fatimah, the Sultana of Gowa

September 20th, 2020

20:27

In this episode, we’ll talk about Hajjah Fatimah, the Sultana of Gowa, a tradeswoman and philanthropist from Malacca who built the Hajjah Fatimah …

7 | The Minangkabau Matrilineal Society of West Sumatra

August 21st, 2020

18:54

In this episode, we’ll talk about the Minangkabau, a matrilineal society in West Sumatra, Indonesia which traces descent and inheritance through the female line. In the second half of this episode, we will be joined by …

6 | The Trung Sisters and the Vietnamese Rebellion of 39 AD

July 23rd, 2020

16:28

This episode is about the Trung Sisters, Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, heroines of the first Vietnamese independence movement, who headed a rebellion against Chinese Han dynasty overlords and briefly established an …

5.2 | The Life and Legacy of Raden Ajeng Kartini with Priscilla Riabertha

June 27th, 2020

24:28

In this special two-part episode, we are going to talk about the Indonesian heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini, with our guest Priscilla Riabertha.

Raden Ajeng Kartini is a prominent Indonesian national hero from Java. She was …

5.1 | The Life and Legacy of Raden Ajeng Kartini with Priscilla Riabertha

June 20th, 2020

31:19

In this special two-part episode, we are going to talk about the Indonesian heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini, with our guest Priscilla Riabertha.

Raden Ajeng Kartini is a prominent Indonesian national hero from Java. She was …

4 | Admiral Keumalahayati and the Inong Balee

May 19th, 2020

17:36

Welcome! In episode 4 we’re going to talk about Aceh’s Laksamana Keumalahayati, the first female admiral in the (modern) world, who led the Inong Balee, an all-women army of widows. This episode is special because we …

3 | Ladies Chan and Mook, the Heroines of Phuket

April 21st, 2020

15:29

In this episode, we’ll meet Lady Chan and Lady Mook, the Heroines of Phuket, who defended the island in the Burmese–Siamese War of 1785–1786. How did two sisters come to be in charge of an island's defence? What does …

2 | Raja Hijau and the Queens of Patani

March 22nd, 2020

19:46

In this episode, we’ll talk about Raja Hijau’s rise to power, and the Malay Sultanate of Patani’s nearly unbroken line of queens from 1584 to 1718. …

1 | Supayalat, the Last Queen of Burma

February 20th, 2020

20:16

In this episode, we’re going to meet the beautiful and ruthless Queen Supayalat. She has long been credited for the massacre of a hundred of the …

Trailer | Welcome to HERstory Southeast Asia

January 20th, 2020

0:40

Welcome to HERstory, the history of Southeast Asia, told from her perspective. We’ll discover historical figures, matriarchal societies, and …

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