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Edition 1, 2020

Authoritarianism, democracy and civil society

COVID-19 Analysis
Singapore’s massive COVID-19 oversight

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic Singapore's response was exemplary. But not anymore.

  • Dr Sow Keat Tok

INTERVIEW—COVID-19 and Belt and Road: Some of the issues impacting business and human rights

Business and Human Rights is always a controversial area, but COVID-19 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative are among the most acute challenges.

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19 and China’s Five-Year Plan to create a ‘xiaokang’ society

How will COVID-19 affect China’s Five-Year Plan, Xi Jinping's blueprint for economic development?


Managing marriage in contemporary China: Parenthood in precarious times

Matchmaking corners are a place for the older generation to manage their reactions to huge social changes in China.

COVID-19 Analysis

India and Australia’s federal systems have responded fairly well to COVID-19. But the US system hasn’t

COVID-19 is laying bare the strengths and weaknesses of federal systems, and the US system is showing itself to be weak.

Edition 2, 2020

The Dynamics of Discourse and Power

Edition 2 Introduction

Power relationships are created, maintained and disputed through the ways in which the world is understood through language.

The use of the term LGBT in Indonesia and its real-world consequences

There's been a dramatic shift toward public anti-LGBT discourse in Indonesia.

Global Arabic Studies: Lessons from a Transnational Asian Heritage

Arabic studies should go beyond the Arabic world to include Arabic language, culture, script and literature through Asia.

Genuinely addressing gender and sexuality in the language classroom is essential

Token inclusivity of gender and sexual diversity is not good enough in language education.

Shifting communication practices in Japanese courtrooms

Courtroom communication is evolving towards greater emphasis on verbal evidence, which has consequences for the delivery of justice.

Book Review

Slow Train to Democracy: Memoirs of Life in Shanghai, 1978 to 1979, Anne E. McLaren

A first-hand account of China’s transition from the late years of the Cultural Revolution to the economic reforms of the 1980s.

Book Review

Young men and masculinities in Japanese media: (Un-)conscious Hegemony, Ronald Saladin

A revealing exploration of representations and (re)productions of masculinity in Japanese men’s magazines.

OBITUARY: Arief Budiman (3 January 1941-23 April 2020)

The passing of Arief Budiman marks the end of an era.