This ambitious task is taking place within the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) group of countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Textbook experts from the region met in Bangkok in Thailand last year to look at the idea of a common history.
“There are still fundamental miscommunications, deeply-held prejudices and emotionally-charged perceptions which we have to overcome,” a former Asean secretary-general, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, told the meeting, organised by Unesco…
The idea of a common Asean history textbook emerged after the Preah Vihear temple dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. Both claimed sovereignty over temple land on their common border.
I’m a little skeptical about how far this will go, but it’s a noble goal.