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 […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies, Japan

The current state of Japanese Studies in Australia in 2020

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Rebecca Suter, ASAA Japan liaison Japanese language and culture courses are offered in more than 20 universities in Australia. Some universities only offer a few language classes, but several universities including UWA, ANU, University of Sydney, UNSW, Melbourne, Monash have dedicated programs with eight-ten continuing staff members, supplemented by several casual teachers; they offer full […]

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