Asian Currents

Taiwan

Professor Bruce Jacobs 1943-2019

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Bruce Jacobs, Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies at Monash University, was the leading figure in Taiwan Studies in Australia. He authored three books, and numerous articles and commentaries about Taiwanese politics and history over his long career. Bruce first lived in Taiwan from the 1960s, during the authoritarian period, as a Columbia University graduate student […]

Timor-Leste

Haunted houses and ghostly encounters: ethnography and animism in East Timor, 1860–1975

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Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters has recently been published by National University of Singapore Press as part of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) – Southeast Asia Publications Series. Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters presents the history of Western ethnography of indigenous religion––or animism––in East Timor during the final century of Portuguese rule, until […]

China, India

Xi-Modi: Building geocultural connectivities

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We live in an era when state power is accumulated by building structures of connectivity. Such developments will be at the heart of competition between India and China, adding to existing tensions over trade, Kashmir and terrorism. It is against this backdrop that we need to interpret Xi’s visit to India last week. Both leaders […]