Monash Asia Institute Bulletin March 2018

From the Director’s Desk

I hope that everyone has enjoyed a relaxing and promising beginning of 2018 and a Lunar New Year. With the start of the new academic year, MAI’s activities are energetically set in motion. In March, MAI is organising an international symposium on Diversity promotion and multicultural inclusion in East Asia at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. The first Mon@sia seminar will discuss Asia Literacy Curriculum in Victorian schools. Please also be reminded that MAI will organize a research day on 27 April, which will introduce the recommencement of an Asian Studies major at Monash and discuss how we teach about Asia now. Japanese Studies Centre will hold seminars on gender equality and the Beatles in Japan and the Korean Studies program will have seminars on K-pop fandom and North Korea related issues. National Centre for South Asian Studies will host a lecture by Professor Lord Desai, eminent scholar and Member of the House of Lords UK on ‘Research Trends in South Asian Studies’. We will also have a seminar on Asian classics for the 19th century English “general reader”. Please check all the details in this Bulletin and on the MAI webpage!

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi

Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI Events


Teaching ‘Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia’ in primary education
Presenters: Associate Prof Zane Ma Rhea and Dr Hongzhi Zhang
Friday 23 March, 2017
Monash University, Clayton campus

MAI International Symposium

Promoting Diversity: Mobility, Creativity and Socio-Cultural Inclusion in East Asia
17-18 March 2018, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan

CSEAS (Centre of South East Asia Studies) Seminar and book launch

Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire
Presenter: Maria Platt, Australia-Indonesia Centre
Wed 28 March, 4.30pm
Monash University, Caulfield campus

Japanese Studies Centre Seminar

Beatles in Japan
Presenters: Carolyn Stevens, Monash University
Wed 7 March, 12.30pm The Beatles in Japan
Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Clayton campus
 (the official book launch will be 9 March 6-8pm at the JSC with live music)

Ideas, Interests and Institutions: Why is gender equality difficulty to achieve in Japan
Presenters: Takamichi Mito (Kwansei Gakuin University)
21 March Weds 4 pm
Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Clayton campus

NCSAS (National Centre for South Asian Studies) Seminar

Meet and speak with Professor Lord Meghnad Desai
Friday 16 March, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Monash University, Caulfield campus

Korean Studies Seminars

Collecting Power or compromise: K-pop fandom objectivised
Presenter:  Dr Roald Maliangkay (ANU)
Wednesday 14 March, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Matheson Library, Room T1, Monash University, Clayton campus

Sanctions and Staying Power:  North Korea in 2018
Presenter: Dr Andray Abrahamian (Pacific Forum CSIS/Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Thursday 22 March, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
E561, 20 Chancellors Walk, Monash University, Clayton campus

Myanmar and North Korea: Divergent Paths
Presenter: Dr Andray Abrahamian (Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Friday 23 March, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Deakin University, Burwood

Is the DPRK really a “Train wreck in slow motion”? The prospects for a people’s power rebellion in North Korea
Presenter: Dr Andy Jackson
Wednesday 23 March 1.00pm-2.00pm
Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Clayton campus

MAI & LLCL (School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics) Joint Seminar

Building a Global Bookshelf: Asian Classics for the Nineteenth-Century General Reader
Presenter:  Dr Alex Bubb, Roehampton University
Friday 29 March 2.30pm-4.00pm
Monash University, Clayton campus

News & Congratulations

* The South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN) is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new project: Creative Lives: A South Asian Diaspora Interview Series

* Congratulations to Assoc Prof Gil Soo-Han from the School of Media, Film and Journalism and Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett from the School of Social Sciences and Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program who have been awarded funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust for their project Approaches to Death, Funeral Rites and Memorialisation in Contemporary Australia: Changes and Continuities

* Congratulations to Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge who has just published a book of essays (co-edited with Janet Wilson) Mediating Literary Borders: Asian Australian Writing (Routledge 2018).