South Asia Studies

From Asian Engagement to the New ‘Cold War’: Asian Studies in Crisis

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The recent decision by La Trobe and Murdoch Universities to discontinue the study of Hindi and Indonesia underlines the challenges that confront those teaching and researching Asia related themes. Further underlining the perception that Asian studies is in crisis are government  decisions  to  scrutinise  research collaboration with foreign – especially Chinese – universities, and the […]

South Asia Studies

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Mark McLelland (1966–2020)

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In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Mark McLelland (1966–2020) Sociologist and cultural historian of Japan, Mark McLelland, passed away on 18 November 2020 in Wollongong, New South Wales. Professor McLelland was well-known for his groundbreaking and influential work across a range of fields, including the cultural history of sexualities in Japan, the global history of the internet, […]

China, Hong Kong

Interview – In-depth analysis of the Hong Kong security law and its implications

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On June 30, the most powerful part of the Chinese government, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, passed, with immediate effect, the Law for Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The Hong Kong National Security Law follows ongoing independence and pro-democracy protests, which in the second half of […]

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