Category: Asian studies

Asian studies

Alatas and Autonomous Knowledge


Introduction The formative period of Syed Hussein Alatas’ thought was that of European colonialism, particularly in British Malaya and the Netherlands East Indies. While a post-graduate student at the University of Amsterdam, he wrote what must have been his first piece on the problems of colonialism (“Some Fundamental Problems of Colonialism”, Eastern World, 1956). Here, […]

Asian studies

Remembering Pak Poedijono 1940-2021


Poedijono, OAM, Satya Lencana   Pak Poedijono died peacefully in a Melbourne hospital at 5.53pm on 30 January 2021. Music and performing-art lovers in Melbourne and other cities in Australia will remember him as a tireless, enthusiastic and highly talented performer and promoter of the Javanese performing arts in Melbourne. For many years he taught […]

Asian languages, Asian studies, Japan, Japan - Australia relations

Are ‘advanced’ Japanese language programs sustainable? A look at Australia, New Zealand and Singapore


Economic, strategic and cultural connections to Japan have never been stronger and more students across the breadth of our education system, primary through to tertiary, continue to be interested in studying Japanese. But what, beyond Demon Slayer and Pokemon, motivates them and how can that knowledge help universities to build effective and engaging language programs? […]

ASAA prizes, Asian studies

Applying for ASAA grants


What Successful Grants Say About Including Emerging Scholars in Events The Asian Studies Association of Australia offers a range of small grants and prizes every year. One of the benefits of membership is being able to access these opportunities. However, access does not always translate into receiving a grant. In this short article, I wish […]

Asian languages, Asian studies, Australia - Indonesia relations, Education, Indonesia

Countering COVID: Innovation in Australia-Indonesia education

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While the shift to online programs might be unprecedented, adaptability and resilience in Australia-Indonesia educational partnerships is nothing new.

Asian studies, Australia - Asia relations, Japan, Japan - Australia relations

Former ASAA President honoured by Emperor of Japan


Former President of the ASAA, Emeritus Professor Purnendra Jain, has been awarded the highest Japanese honour open to an academic. In a ceremony held in Adelaide on Friday 26 March, Consul-General Shimada Junji awarded Professor Jain the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in recognition of his “contribution to promoting academic […]