Japan, Korea

One hundred years on from the Korean Sam-il Independence Movement

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This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Sam-il Independence (or March First) Movement that began on 1 March 1919 in Seoul and quickly spread throughout Korea. The movement was comprised of a series of demonstrations constituting some of the earliest displays of Korean resistance to the Japanese annexation and colonisation of Korea (1910–1945). In […]

Indonesia, Southeast Asia

Help! What would Gus have done?

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They’re idealists working out of the center of Javanese arts, culture and education. They want to promote harmony, but are bumping into difficulties with the acceptance philosophy of their guru. The fourth President of Indonesia, the late Abdurrahman Wahid, was better known as Gus Dur. So his followers have dubbed themselves Gusdurians. Asian Currents teased […]

Australia - Indonesia relations, Indonesia, Media

Mangling Media Priorities

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Are there any Australians left ignorant of Judge Brett Kavanagh and his successful scramble for a US Supreme Court seat? Or research psychologist Dr Christine Blasey Ford, his accuser of sexual assault at a last century teenage party? But who knows of Ustadz Haji Ma’ruf Amin, 75, seeking to be a heartbeat from Indonesia’s top […]

ASAA books, Gender and sexuality, Japan

#MeToo in the historical shadow of Japan’s corporate hostess culture

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The #MeToo wave is an originally American phenomenon, but its spread worldwide now sees efforts against male harassment and violence manifesting a range of national shades. In South Korea, the country’s president, delivered to power in the 2017 Candlelight Revolution, directs government action against sex offenders in both the public and private sectors because ‘gender […]

ASAA books, South Asia Studies, Sri Lanka

Civil War Subjectivities: Space, Social Change and Ethnicised Violence in Sri Lanka

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“…never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee” (John Donne, Meditation 17) The Sri Lankan civil war has been reviewed and debated by many scholars who argue its rootedness in historic enmities, its evolution from an ethnicised consciousness and its more immediate political struggles in relation to diasporic and party […]

Indonesia

Reconstructing the history of the anti-communist violence in East Java, Indonesia

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On 30th September 1965, a group of army officers and soldiers called the Thirtieth September Movement abducted and killed seven army officers, and disposed of their bodies in a disused well, at Lubang Buaya, on the outskirts of Jakarta. While predominantly a movement of progressive soldiers and officers, the Thirtieth September Movement, as John Roosa […]

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