Cultural Values in Selected Southeast Asian Countries as Reflected in Representative Short Stories: A Comparative Study


This study reveals the intent of the researcher to investigate the commonalities of cultural values in the community life and lifestyles of some selected Southeast Asian countries based on selected short stories of ASEAN literature. These selections were all written during the period from 1950s – 1990s against a background of profound political, social, and psychological change. The researcher has found out that it is not difficult to understand why the short story has been readily adopted by Southeast Asian countries and has gained prominence in the present-day literature of these countries. The adaptability of the short story has enabled them to encompass a wide range of human experience. For example, social stratification is present in practically all societies. The idea of inequality in power, status, wealth, or all three. In the traditional societies of Southeast Asia, stratification is seen primarily in terms of a social hierarchy which bestows status. This study of the cultural values offer valuable insights into the character and integration of Southeast Asian short stories. The short story, with its immersion in society and its concern for the individual, has continually engaged itself in discovering the patterns that emerge from the relationship between the individual and society. ASEAN literature is important in the society where it is written. People read a great deal of short stories, mostly for entertainment, the effects can be more profound and longerlasting

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Grace Minerva Q. Macasaet, Centro Escolar University, Philippines

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Conference: ACAS2015
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand

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