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Vol 9 No 2 (2023): Journal of Borneo Kalimantan

Welcome to Volume 9, Issue 2 of the Journal of Borneo Kalimantan!

In this edition, we invite you to explore a diverse range of scholarly investigations that delve into various aspects of Borneo Kalimantan. These investigations cover its rich history, cultural dynamics, and contemporary challenges. Mashman takes us on a captivating journey in "A History of the Fort at Long Akah: Contact, Collaboration, and Power," where she unravels the stories inscribed in stones and reveals the intricate interplay of contact, collaboration, and power that shaped the region's past.

Tackling the pressing issue of our time, Juna Liau, Sharifah Sophia Wan Ahmad, and Siti Zanariah Ahmad Ishak present "Covid-19, Mortality, and Inequality in Sarawak," providing a critical analysis of the pandemic's impact on vulnerable populations and highlighting areas for improvement in public health responses.

Peter Sercombe delves into the evolving identity of the Iban community in "Crossing The Rubicon? Maintenance and Change Among Today's Iban in Sarawak," exploring the delicate balance between preserving traditions and adapting to the modern world. Larsen and Teo take us on a fascinating journey with "The Story of the Mysterious Suspension Bridge in Seropak, Bau, Sarawak," weaving a narrative that combines historical research and local legends to unveil the enigmatic mysteries surrounding this iconic structure.

Adding another layer to our exploration, Jayl Langub contributes "State of Belonging: Engaging the State in Borneo," offering valuable insights into the dynamics of engaging with the state in the context of Borneo Kalimantan. Furthermore, Clark and Rikando offer profound insights into the spiritual essence of the Iban people in "The Role of Ancestors in Iban Traditional Religion," shedding light on the enduring connection between the past, present, and the spirit world.

These diverse contributions collectively showcase the richness of academic inquiry in Borneo Kalimantan. We extend our sincere gratitude to all the authors who have shared their expertise and insights with us. We invite you to explore the multifaceted experiences of our region within these pages and join us in fostering a vibrant intellectual landscape. May this issue spark curiosity, ignite meaningful dialogue, and inspire us all to contribute to a brighter future for Borneo Kalimantan.

Professor Dr Poline Bala

Institute of Borneo Studies

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)


Published: 2023-12-28

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