• The International Symposium -“Asia Literacy” in practice was held on Thursday  12 June 2014

    at Monash University Caulfield Campus

    The Symposium addressed the importance of “Asia literacy” as it has been widely discussed in Australia since the 1990s and was given renewed emphasis in the 2012 White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. The Asia Education Foundation has been working hard to implement the cross-curriculum priority of “Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia” at Australian schools. But what Asia literacy really means and how it can be cultivated are not easy questions. In the academy and in Australian public culture, concerns have been raised about the risk of reproducing essentialist views that turn “Asian cultures” into stereotypes. Many have also criticized the promotion of Asia literacy as being too market-driven. These criticisms help us to focus attention on what we mean by “Asia” and what forms of engagement with Asia are occurring in Australia.

    The symposium addressed four major domains of discussion:

    Teaching “Asia” in the high school;  “Asia Literacy” in business;  Working with “Asia”: Material culture and activism and Embracing “Asia”: Towards an inclusive engagement

    This one-day symposium expounded on the experiences of people who have been involved in practising “Asia literacy” through their work in such fields as secondary and university education, business, craft art, activism and media. Through the various experiences of invited speakers, this one-day  provided participants with a wealth of informed perspectives on and critical insights into engaging with “Asia”.

    This highly successful event, was attended by 60 participants from a number of academic and cultural institutions. The general consensus called for a further follow up discussion of this topic in the future.


    Session 1 at the Symposium 12 June 2014IMG_8357 








    The Panel on Teaching "Asia" in the high school

    The Panel on Teaching “Asia” in the high school

  • International Workshop

    Asian migration and rooted-transnationalism

    When and how transnational connections matter?



    Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University


    19-20 November 2015

     Monash University, Caulfield campus


    With the intensification of migration and cross-border communications and mobility, transnationalism has been much examined in the last two decades, studied mostly in terms of migrants’ and diaspora’s physical and imaginative connections with “home”. However, recent discussion puts more emphasis on the intersection between transnationalism and integration to the host society. This workshop aims to intensively discuss when and how transnationalism matters to locally rooted mundane practices of migrants/diaspora from Asian regions, living both inside and outside Asia. It aims to explore the following questions:

    • Whether and how identification (and individualized non-identification) with ethnic and national communities, the sense of belonging to multiple societies, everyday multiculturalism, self-empowerment against marginalization, and urban conviviality (and inter-Asian interactions) are associated with and engendered by mediated and physical transnational connections and practices;
    • How these differently manifest themselves according to intersecting social attributes such as generation, age, gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, education, work;
    • How transnationalism should be re-defined and approached in the age of super-diversity, super-mobility and super-connectivity, and how notions such as translocalism might be utilised?

    Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 30 JUNE to:
Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Transnationalism and Asia” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposal will be notified around the end of July.

    Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the workshop.

    You can find more details of the workshop and the venue at the webpage of Monash Asia Institute:

    We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

    Koichi Iwabuchi, Gil-Soo Han & Anita Harris (Conveners)




  • Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond

    A conference hosted by the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture, Sociology, Monash University, the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University and support from the Monash Asia Institute

    This conference explores young people’s engagement with new modes of mediated communication, self‐expression and culture‐making across  the Asia  Pacific  and  beyond. It will  map  young people’s  mediated  lives in  the  region, consider implications for  citizenship,  ethics, political  &  cultural agency  and social bonds, and  generate debate about the ways emplacement, embodiment, and location shape youth access to and practices with media—new and old,  virtual  and material.


    Associate Professor Sun Sun Lim (CommunicationsandNewMedia,NationalUniversityofSingapore);

    Dr Paul Hodkinson(Sociology, University of Surrey);

    Professor Neil Selwyn (Education, Monash University)

    We invite papers that explore:

    • how young people interact with new and old media to actively produce and consume local and transnational youth cultures, social identities and collective experience;
    • how localized media practices shape experiences and expectations of youth, including notions of transition to adult‐hood, gendered and raced identities, citizenship, and political practices.
    • inequalities/differences in access and use, for example, in relation to class, gender, sexuality, ability, and place;
    • everyday management of mediated lives(sexting, gaming, online activism, everyday uses of social media);
    • collective meaning‐making through media( community building, cosmopolitanism, sociality, political engagement);
    • ethical and methodological challenges in researching youth media cultures.
    • how the everyday media practices of youth become more long‐term projects, providing a platform for the articulation of post‐youth identities.

    Please send paper proposals( no more than 200 words) with your affiliation details and email address no later than Friday June 27th, 2014 to with “Paper Proposal for Interactive Futures” in the subject line. Presenters will be notified via email in July.

    Formoreinformation andregistrationgoto



    Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd December, 2014

    Where: MonashUniversity Caulfield Campus, Melbourne



MAI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Asian migration and rooted transnationalism
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 19/11/2015 - 20/11/2015


Past events


ASACP 2015 Conference
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 10/07/2015 - 12/07/2015


An International Conference on the Transnational and Transgenerational in Central and West Asia and their Diasporas
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 14/03/2015 - 16/03/2015

Check attached Program for presentation locations

Three fasionable young Japanese ladies at the park

Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond- Conference (Program finalized)
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 01/12/2014 - 02/12/2014


Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now: International Conference
Lecture Theatre HB.32, Monash University Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 06/11/2014 - 07/11/2014


Beauty Work and “Asian” Body Aesthetics: Beyond “Global Whiteness”
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 31/10/2014


“Asia Literacy” in Practice: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Lecture Theatre HB39 Monash Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 12/06/2014

Swāmi Vivekānanda – Re-assessing the man & his contributions
Event Date: 21/02/2014 - 22/02/2014

MAI International Seminar: Rethinking Race/Racism from Asian Experiences
Clayfield Room A1.34 Building A Level 1
Event Date: 24/05/2013