Category: Southeast Asia

Australia - Asia relations, Myanmar, Southeast Asia

Vale Dr Ni Win Zaw, Head, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon

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Over the past two years there have been many tragedies due to COVID-19. August 2021, very sadly, saw the passing of Dr Ni Win Zaw, Professor (Head), Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon, from this dreadful virus. Myanmar has lost a great professional leader. The future of library education and preservation of […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies, Southeast Asia

Evolution of Mainland Southeast Asian Studies Over the Last 20 Years

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Research and teaching on mainland Southeast Asian countries in Australia over the last 20 years have been shaped by the same forces affecting other areas of university life during this period: increased managerialism, difficult budgetary circumstances, the precariousness of academic employment, the casualisation of teaching, constraints on research funding, a persistent Eurocentrism in some disciplines, […]

Southeast Asia, Technology, The Philippines

Rethinking Filipinos’ social media use in the electoral process

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The Asia-Pacific recently saw several countries in the region hold elections just days apart. Last month Australia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, all displayed their respective versions of electoral democracy. There were clear differences, but one commonality is social media having a big role in the entire election process, from campaigning to the casting of […]

ASAA prizes, Southeast Asia, Vietnam

The Nguyen Weather-world – ASAA thesis prize winner

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Dr Kathryn Dyt was awarded the 2018 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, The Nguyen Weather-world: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam, is […]

Singapore, Southeast Asia

Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity

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This post is based on the author’s recent book published with NUS press. Marina Bay Sands (MBS), one of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts (read: casino), is probably the most recognisable building in and outside of Singapore today. During an open-house session I attended in 2017, a spokesperson of the company boasted that “anyone who ‘googled’ […]

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 […]