2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Reviewing the state of Asian Studies in Australia

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What is the state of teaching and research on Asia-related topics at Australian universities? Do students have more or less opportunity to learn about Asia than in the past? Is there much variation in Asia content across disciplines? Which Asian languages are in decline at our universities and which are on the rise? What are […]

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 […]

South Asia Studies

Remembering Lance Castles, 5.1.1937 – 27.8.2020

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with contributions by Martin M. van Bruinessen, Richard Castles, Barbara Leigh, Michael Leigh, David Mitchell, Halina Nowicka, Anthony Reid, and Heather Sutherland. Lance Castles, portrait by Yasin Tiar, 1999  Lance Castles died peacefully in Melbourne’s Highgrove Aged Care home on 27th August 2020, his mind remaining lucid to the end. He was a pioneering and […]

South Asia Studies

The resurrection of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and hope for further cooperation amidst covid-19

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The main objective of the conference was to collectively outline a strong strategy to limit the spread of the virus in the South Asian region.

Australia - Asia relations, Australia Relations

International education is not just important for universities, it has shaped our nation.

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“Three Malayan freshers have a friendly chat with two Australian “oldtimers”. From left to right are: Miss Helen Friday, Miss Nafsiah binti Abdul Kadit, of Malaya, Mr Pang Khok Khee, of Malaya, Mr Choo See Mun, of Malaya and Mr Robert Bunton. Photographer, Neil Murray, NAA: A1501, A2254/1 International education is in crisis, both in […]

South Asia Studies

One path or many for Asian Politics?

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Evidence from a decade of data from the Australian Research Council Australian governments tend to agree that Asia is vital to the national interest but are often unwilling to commit resources to fulfilling the potential of relations with the region. The ‘Australia in the Asian Century‘ white paper, which was commissioned by the Gillard government, […]

Indonesia, Obituaries

Arief Budiman (1941-2020): liberated intellectual in authoritarian times

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When I last met him, in his stylish bamboo-walled house in Salatiga in April last year, I thanked him for what he had done for me. Arief looked puzzled. “You taught me politics,” I said. Then he smiled. My hair had grown white. His body, eleven years older than mine, was wasted by Parkinsons. We […]