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 […]

Japan

Interview with Judge Hayato Aoki, Numazu Branch, Shizuoka District Court

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Judge Hayato Aoki speaks to A/Professor Stacey Steele about recent developments in Japanese detention and bail processes. Judge Aoki was a Visiting Research Scholar at Melbourne Law School from June 2018 to June 2019. SS: Judge Aoki thank you for agreeing to share your reflections about the Japanese criminal justice system. It has been a […]

China

The Chinese Communist Party: A story of turmoil, resilience and challenges ahead

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As the People’s Republic of China is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its foundation on October 1, 1949, the world is once more looking at the political organisation that has dominated China for the past seven decades. Having survived – partially self-created – decades of turmoil, the Chinese Communist Party has led China […]

South Asia Studies

Legacies of suffering, theologies of hope – ASAA thesis prize winner

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Dr Gwyn McClelland was awarded the 2019 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here he tells us about his work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, Legacies of suffering, theologies of hope: Nagasaki Catholics, the bomb and […]

ASAA books, Gender and sexuality, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Rural Women under Chinese Rule

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Hong Kong Rural Women under Chinese Rule has recently been published by Routledge as part of the Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Women in Asia Series. Hong Kong has been undergoing unprecedented pandemonium since June 2019. Protests and rallies that very often ended in physical confrontation and violence are happening from weekly to a […]