ASAA books, Japan

The Anti-nuclear Movement and Street Politics in Japan after Fukushima


Alexander Brown is the author of the newly-released book ‘Anti-nuclear Protest in Post-Fukushima Tokyo: Power Struggles’ with the ASAA East Asian Series published by Routledge. Since the election of the LDP-Komeito coalition government in December 2012, the government’s introduction of controversial legislation to protect state secrets and expand the role of Japan’s military in external […]

ASAA prizes, Timor-Leste

Gendered Narratives of Development and Modernity from Indonesian-Occupied East Timor


Dr Hannah Loney was awarded the 2017 ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, here she tells us more about her work on East Timor. Can you tell us a bit about your research? What’s the problem it explores? As part of my ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, I am developing a short piece on violence, biopolitics, and regimes of the […]

Australia - Asia relations, China

The Loyalty of the Australian Chinese: Then and Now


Australia has been rocked in recent months by allegations that China has been engaged in foreign influence activities in Australia. China’s rapid rise, the recent centralisation of power by President Xi Jinping, and the relatively high rates of Chinese immigration, have made some Australians feel that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is extending its influence […]

ASAA prizes, Asian development, India, South Asia Studies

Children’s Stories and Development in India – ASAA thesis prize winner


Dr Annie McCarthy was awarded the 2017 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 ethnographically explored the relationship between children and the development industry, particularly […]

Cambodia, Myanmar, Southeast Asia

A Brief Glimpse at Norodom Sihanouk’s and U Nu’s (Non) Cooperation with Former Enemies


2 March 1962 and 18 March 1970 are important dates in Burma’s and Cambodia’s political history respectively. On 2 March 1962 General Ne Win, in a military coup, overthrew the democratically elected government of U Nu and the rest as they say is ‘history’. General Ne Win’s coup has (in a certain sense) been celebrated […]

Asian finance, Korea

The Roadblocks to Reform in South Korea


South Korean President Moon Jae-in is shaking up the country’s Constitution. His recent constitutional amendment bill proposes a presidential system that caps a presidency at two consecutive four-year terms while limiting presidential powers and strengthening the rights of the prime minister and the National Assembly. In contrast to Moon’s proposal, the opposition parties (especially the […]

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