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Edition 5, 2021

Asian Australians

The ‘missing’ Indian-Australians in politics

Why are Australians of Indian origin yet to make substantial in-roads into Australian legislative institutions?

  • Dr Surjeet Dhanji

Is the military coup in Myanmar the death knell of democracy and federalism?

The coup has major potential consequences for a country that was struggling to emerge from decades of military oppression and conflict.

COVID-19 Analysis

Suicide, under-employment and poverty: the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in Japan

The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 have been significant in Japan and have particularly affected the lives of women.

Indonesia’s ‘new despotism’

The government of President Joko Widodo is manipulating the law to repress its opponents and undermine democracy.

Japan’s most consequential, lucky, and divisive post-WW2 leader

The legacy of Shinzo Abe is far ranging and includes transformative foreign and domestic policy.

From ‘human nature’ to ‘sex’: sexualising ‘xing’ and reimagining sex in Chinese

The Chinese character ‘xing’ (性 ) has had varied usage and multiple meanings across time.

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19 in the Middle East: A perfect storm

COVID-19 will exacerbate the Middle East's manifold problems that predated the pandemic.

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19 lockdown in Chinese villages: Radical measures positively received

New research indicates COVID-19 restrictions were largely accepted by Chinese villagers and satisfaction with the government's response is high.

COVID-19 Analysis

Why Australian universities are reliant on international students and international students are so vulnerable

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a crisis for international students and Australia’s public universities.

Edition 5, 2021

Asian Australians

The place, voice and portrayal of Asians in Australia

COVID-19 and growing tension between Australia and China makes it increasingly important to achieve diversity and inclusion in all aspects of Australian society.

COVID-19 Analysis

What our survey found about effective COVID-19 communications in Asian Australian communities

Asian Australians have a high level of trust in government information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The under-representation of Asian-Australians: political order and political delay

The health of Australia’s political institutions requires recognition of the broader value of Asian-Australians as civic equals.

Australia needs to embrace ‘Asianness’ as part of ‘Australianness’ to end racism

Australia needs to update its national identity to reflect Asianness as an integral part of Australianness.

INTERVIEW: Know thy neighbours—Asian Australian Studies helps you know thyself

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on Australia’s complex social and cultural relationship with Asia and its own Asian Australian communities.

Representing Asian Australianness in 2020 … one soap opera at a time

In an age of hyper-connectivity and availability of global cultural material, the neglect of home-grown Asian Australian content and talent is acute.

State-society relations in a pandemic: an Asian Australian perspective

Some of the communitarian values and compromise on individuals rights for the sake of public health may have become common Australian values during the COVID-19 pandemic

Korean Transnational Adoption to Australia: ‘quiet’ migrants, diaspora, and ‘hometactics’

What does it mean or feel like to be ‘in between’? Where are you, when you are in between worlds? And how do you live this ‘in betweenness'?

Asian-Australians: quiet migration or immigration indigestion?

WEBINAR: Contrasting the case studies of South Korean and Chinese migration to Australia.

Book Review

‘The Golden Country: Australia’s Changing Identity’ by Tim Watts

Australians need to reimagine traditional Australian identity to build a new, egalitarian one.