Asian studies, Gender and sexuality

Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia

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The theme of the Women in Asia Conference this year was “Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia”. The Women in Asia Forum began in 1978 and is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. In 1981, the first Women in Asia Conference was held at UNSW, and the return of the conference […]

Southeast Asia, Technology, The Philippines

Rethinking Filipinos’ social media use in the electoral process

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The Asia-Pacific recently saw several countries in the region hold elections just days apart. Last month Australia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, all displayed their respective versions of electoral democracy. There were clear differences, but one commonality is social media having a big role in the entire election process, from campaigning to the casting of […]

ASAA prizes, Southeast Asia, Vietnam

The Nguyen Weather-world – ASAA thesis prize winner

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Dr Kathryn Dyt was awarded the 2018 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, The Nguyen Weather-world: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam, is […]

Singapore, Southeast Asia

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

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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

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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 […]

Indonesia, South Asia Studies

Muslims versus Muslims in the 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election

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Indonesia is set to hold its presidential election on April 19, 2019. The occasion is the most important democratic event for the people as they will choose a candidate to lead the country until 2024. The excitement of welcoming this democratic exercise can be felt throughout the country. The candidates include the incumbent President Joko […]

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