Asian Currents

South Asia Studies

5 April 2019 – Thesis Prize Call for Nominations


John Legge Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Studies, Closing 31 May 2019 I am writing to bring your attention to the annual prize for the outstanding doctoral thesis submitted to an Australian university on a topic wholly concerned with Asia or with Australia’s relations with Asia. The first prize, known as the John Legge […]

Singapore, Southeast Asia

Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity


This post is based on the author’s recent book published with NUS press. Marina Bay Sands (MBS), one of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts (read: casino), is probably the most recognisable building in and outside of Singapore today. During an open-house session I attended in 2017, a spokesperson of the company boasted that “anyone who ‘googled’ […]

Japan, Japan - Australia relations, South Asia Studies

Linking Student Mobility With Employability: Barriers And Possibilities


From a report on a cross-sector student mobility roundtable, released March 26 by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.  University students today are encouraged by both government and universities to incorporate overseas learning experiences into their degrees with the aim of improving employment chances. However, a report by The Japan Foundation, Sydney indicates that the links between student […]