Mon@sia Events

  • Mon@sia is a public forum that aims to critically engage with “Asia Literacy in the Asian Century” by rethinking fundamental questions around why and how we study about “Asia”.

    Involving undergraduate students and the general public, the forum aims to facilitate discussion of how we go beyond the compartmentalisation of the studies of Asia as something happening “over there”, and how we enhance the sense of shared-ness, together-ness, and conected-ness in global perspectives. We reimagine “Asia” and “Australia” in terms of mutual implications (not to mention the experiences of Asian Australians).

    An informal gathering is also regularly held in which researchers of various interests and discipline get together, get to know each other, and exchange ideas.

  • FOCUS THEMES & REGIONAL COORDINATORS (**Inaugural Seminar on 31 March**)

    MAI establishes four focus themes to promote inter-disciplinary and trans-Asian research collaboration and dialogue. Coordinators of focus themes will organize trans-Asia seminar series. MAI will also invite international scholars who are working on the below themes to give a talk at trans-Asia seminar series.

    1. Migration, Diaspora and Belonging (Coordinated by GIl Soo Han and Mridula Chakraborty)
    2. Diversity, Mobility and Inclusion (coordinated by Julian Millie & Koichi Iwabuchi)
    3. Media, Culture and Performance (coordinated by Ariel Heryanto & Olivia Khoo)
    4. Cultural Citizenship and Public Pedagogy (coordinated by Koichi Iwabuchi & Philip Chan)

     

    MAI also appoint regional coordinators who are responsible for facilitating cross-regional exchange and responding to inquiries about the research of the region:

    East Asia: Gil Soo Han and Gloria Davies/Jonathan Benney

    Southeast Asia: Ariel Heryanto and Julian Millie

    South Asia: Mridula Chakraborty and Chandani Lokuge

  • Call for papers: International Conference

     OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING-Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics

     Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

     30 & 31 October 2017

    Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

    Monash Asia Institute (MAI) is pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for its Conference on “OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING; Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics” on 30-31 October 2017. The conference will open with a public keynote address by Professor Krishna Sen (The University of Western Australia) in the evening of 30 October 2017. On the next day, there will be three panel sessions, each focussing on one of the MAI central research themes for 2017 (see below). Overall, the conference deals with two distinct but related issues; empirical observation and questions of method: recent changes in Asia and the challenge of analysing these changes.

    CHANGES IN ASIA: Asia has changed dramatically in multiple dimensions in the past three decades, of which the speed and scope of demographic mobility and cultural fluidity, are some of the most striking. We witness the escalation and intensification of mobility, diversity and connectivity in relation to newly configured politics of inclusion/exclusion. Why and how politics of race has gained momentum for a while in some circles, while politics of religion, gender, or class gained more currency in other times or social settings? Where and when do they intersect, blend, or contradict across Asia and over trans-Asia? 

    STUDYING ASIA: Ironically, when such rapid changes are taking place across Asia and require fresh analyses and comprehension, formal training in “Asian studies” in schools and universities outside Asia has been in serious decline or under institutional threat. Where such studies survive, there has been a significant rise of Asians studying Asia outside Asia, including Australia in its multiple framework and focus: studying Asia ‘in’ Australia, studying ‘Asians in Australia’ and studying ‘Australia as part of Asia’. What does it mean to study Asia in the new millennium? How and why the Cold War-styled “Asian studies” has been outdated; how today’s Asia poses institutional and methodological challenges to studying Asia, in and/or outside Asia? How can trans-Asia approaches contribute to the debate?

    We will welcome papers examining MAI’s three key themes: 1) Migrants, Diaspora & Identity politics; 2) Mobility, Diversity & Inclusion; 3) Media and cultural practices, although proposals that are in other intriguing ways relevant to the conference topic will also be considered. Papers can focus on a single nation or metropolitan area in Asia, but priority will be given to papers with focus on trans-Asian issues, international dimension of a local issue, a comparative perspective of more than one nation, or innovative insights into the future of studying Asia in Australia. Innovative approaches and new interrogations of methods of studying Asia are most welcome. Early Career Researches are strongly encouraged.

    Please submit your proposed title, abstract (200 words max), and brief biodata (50 words max) to <MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu> by 15 July 2017. Please clearly put “Paper proposal for OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by the end of July.

    Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. 

    We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

    Koichi Iwabuchi, Ariel Heryanto, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Julian Millie (Co-conveners)

    Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

     

 

Past events

Socially critical school reform in Asian countries, Dr Eisuke Saito, Faculty of Education
N702, 20 Chancellors Walk (Menzies Bldg, 7th floor)
Event Date: 27/04/2017

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In the latter part of 1990s, an approach of school reform, called as ‘school as learning community’ (SLC) or ‘lesson study for learning community’ (LSLC) started to be practised in three pilot schools in Japan.  Since then, this approach, SLC/LSLC, has caused many cases of successful turn-around of lowly functioning schools at various risks in Japan.  Under this approach, the strongest emphasis is given to learning of each member—every child can have opportunities to learn with high quality through collaborative learning, every teacher can grow as professionals by joint observation and reflection and as many parents and local residents as possible can participate in the process of learning—based on various critical theories.  In other words, a strong nexus between various critical theories and practitioners’ eminence has been tied up in this approach.  This approach has been implemented in various Asian countries—Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.  This presentation aims at (1) giving detailed explanation on what this approach is and  (2) discussing the cases from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan.

Biography

Eisuke Siato is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia from January 2016.  Before joining Monash, Eisuke used to be a consultant for educational development in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam from 2001 and then joined in National Institute of Education, Singapore in 2008.  Eisuke is actively researching in the fields of school reform/change, professional development and learning of teachers, pedagogical reform/change, and social justice education.

 

ON BEING THE ASIAN STUDENT IN THE ASIAN CENTURY, MELBOURNE" -- From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy" #3
Immigration Museum
Event Date: 12/04/2017

From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy" #3

ON BEING THE ASIAN STUDENT IN THE ASIAN CENTURY, MELBOURNE

Co-organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Immigration Museum

Education is an important export industry for Australia and Melbourne accepts the largest number of international students from Asian regions. Giving warm welcome and cultivating hospitality to international students from Asian regions has been stressed. But what are the realities of the lived experience of the International students in Melbourne? Are they free from racialised stereotyping? How are their experiences similar to and different from local students with Asian heritage? How do they perceive Australian society where many people of Asian heritages as well as Asian students live? What kind of literacy on “Asia” and “Australia” do they consider desirable to foster?

In this panel discussion, Mr. Gary Lee, the International Student and Youth Officer at the City of Melbourne will lead and guide a conversation with international students from Asian countries and local students with Asian heritages. The conversation will consider experiences and responses to racialisation /stereotyping on "being the Asian student".

Speakers

Gary Lee is Australia Day Council ‘New Australian of the Year 2016.’ He is an advocate and champion of cultural diversity, particularly issues pertaining to international students and migrants.. In January 2016, Gary was announced as the ‘New Australian of the Year 2016’ by the Australia Day Council; and in the same year, he was recognised for his tireless work introducing new Australians to the indigenous game of AFL with the 2016 AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year Award.

Mustika Indah (Nina) Khairina is the National President of the Council of International Students Australia. As President she actively engaged with international student groups and work with the university in advancing students’ interests and needs while heading the division in organising educational and social programs and events on campus. Nina is also one of the four finalists for the 2015 Victorian International Education Award for Higher Education Category.

Danny Ong is currently completing his PhD at Monash University with a topic on how domestic and international doctoral students construct their work experiences. During his undergraduate years, he was heavily engaged with international student activities in the university, notably as the President of Monash University International Student Services (MUISS) in 2005. Using his past experiences, he authored "The International Students' Handbook : Living and Studying in Australia" with UNSW Press in 2009.

Wesa Chau is Director of Cultural Intelligence, a boutique consultancy that deliver solutions to organisations build cultural competency, awareness and skills. Prior to that she was a senior manager in a community organisation with a focus on change management. Wesa is a regular commentator on television and radio and was awarded Young Victorian of the Year 2010 and Rising Star Award for Young Alumni (University of Melbourne) 2012.

 

'Asia as Method' and 'Asia Literacy': Post-colonial and post-imperialist epistemologies for transforming ways of knowing and 'structure of sentiments'
Room 110, 1/F, Faculty of Education, Clayton Campus
Event Date: 12/10/2016

Professor Angel M. Y. Lin,Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

In this presentation I shall outline what I think we can learn from the notion of ‘Asia as Method’ as proposed by Taiwan scholar and cultural theorist Chen Kuan-hsing. I shall focus on post-colonial and post-imperialist epistemologies (Chen, 2010; Lin, 2013) and discuss how our sense of cultural self and other is routinely re/produced in everyday discourses.

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From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy (RSVP by 7 September)
The Theatrette, Immigration Museum
Event Date: 22/09/2016

New Public Seminar Series Announcement
by Monash Asia Institute and Immigration Museum

Moderator: Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute)
Speaker: Fazal Rizvi (University of Melbourne)

The rise of Asian economies has brought to the fore the necessity of enhancing Australia’s literacy about Asian languages, cultures and societies as well as human exchanges between Australian and Asian countries. Though being highly economy-driven, these trends surely have an impact on Australia’s engagement with, and impression about, Asian countries. These, in turn, might influence and improve the mainstream’s social perception of people with Asian backgrounds living in Australia.

This public seminar series will discuss how we can further advance such positive potentials of Australia’s engagement with Asia by rethinking Australian culture, society and identity in ways to go beyond a bipolarized Australia-Asia perception. This is to refocus the discussion of Asia literacy onto that of Australian literacy by reimagining Australia as part of trans-Asian cultural flows and human mobilities and reconceiving Asian Australians on equal terms as constitutive of Australian society.

The inaugural seminar will feature Professor Fazal Rizvi, who co-authored the recent report on Asian diasporas’ contribution to Australian economy, and discuss the limitations and potentials of the idea of the uses of Asian- Australians for Australian economy in the Asian century. The complicated relationship between Asian migrants and diasporas’ lives in and attachment to Australia as citizens and their connections and identifications with the “homeland” will also be discussed.

Light refreshments will be provided
RSVP by 7 September to mai-enquiries@monash.edu

MON@SIA SYMPOSIUM - ‘Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century’.
Edu-TLS Seminar CL_29Anc_Rm110 (25),
Event Date: 15/10/2015

MON@ASIA SYMPOSIUM

 

‘Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century’.

Globalization, migration, transnational movements and the development of the tiger economies of Asia have led education leaders and policy makers around the world to view schools as key sites for developing ‘globally competent’, ‘Asia literate’ citizens who have the capabilities to live, work and interact with the people, cultures and societies of Asia.

This symposium brings into dialogue three experts at the forefront of current thinking, policy and practice on Asia-related schooling. Their presentations draw on their respective contributions to Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century (Routledge 2015). This book critically scrutinises and analyses the concepts, policies and practices of Asia literate schooling, given the diverse, contemporary manifestations of ‘Asia’, and discusses the consequences for international debates and agendas about intercultural schooling in a global world.

 

Christine HalseProfessor Christine Halse: What makes Asia literacy a ‘wicked policy problem’?

ABSTRACT: This presentation explores the last four decades of policy commitment to Asia literate schooling in Australia. It will show how the unstable policy conditions have constituted Asia literacy as a ‘wicked policy problem’, even when there is extensive political, financial and community support for Asia-related curriculum policy and practice. Wicked policy problems arise when there is conflict between complex economic, philosophical, ideological, political, educational and personal priorities. This presentation will discuss the character of these conflicts and highlight how ‘wicked policy problems’ make alternative policy approaches incomprehensible until the conditions of the policy problem are redefined.

 

Christine Halse is Professor and Chair of Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research has focused cultural diversity in education policy, practice and curriculum. She has published extensively on Asia literacy in schooling policy and practice and is the past president of the Asia-Pacific Education Research Association and the Australian Association for Research in Education. She is lead author of the national report Asia literacy and the Australian Teaching Workforce (2013). Email: c.halse@deakin.edu.au

 

 

Elizabeth Bullen ef3175461ca2c553c2_l_ade26Dr Elizabeth Bullen: Asia and Pedagogy: The case of the autobiographical picture book

ABSTRACT: The Asia literacy curriculum objectives in Australian primary school classrooms are currently hampered by the scarcity of quality narrative picture books about Asian countries. Few books engage children without also representing Asia problematically. Anh Do’s The Little Refugee asserts an authentic cultural insider perspective on both Vietnam and Australia. In fact, it presents a paternalistic view of Asia and a self-congratulatory vision of Australia. This presentation engages with the picture book and life-writing genres to highlight the pitfalls and possibilities of using the autobiographical picture book to promote Asia literacy.

Elizabeth Bullen is a senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at Deakin University. Her research is interdisciplinary, synthesising approaches from Literary and Cultural Studies and the social sciences, and draws on a background of research in Education. She has published her research in Children's Literature in Education; Gender and Education; Media, Culture & Society; and Girlhood Studies. She has won Visiting Scholar awards to the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University, and the Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Munich. Email: elizabeth.bullen@deakin.edu.au

 

Fazal_RizviProfessor Fazal Rizvi: ‘Learning Asia: In search of a new narrative’

 ABSTRACT: Asia literacy is a stated priority for Australian education.  However, policy and curriculum documents present Asia as both distant and other. Such a view is contrary to the multiplicity of Asias Australia engages with: the Asia within, the Asia of new media or the Asia currently home to 200,000 Australians living and working throughout the region. Australia needs to reconceptualise Asia and itself as cosmopolitan societies in a globalising era.

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne. He has written extensively on questions of racism and multicultural education, Australia-Asia relations, models of educational policy research, theories of globalisation and international education and contemporary youth cultures. He is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the Asia Education Foundation. Email: frizvi@unimelb.edu.au

 

Monash Asia Institute Research Day 2015
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 15/05/2015

[caption id="attachment_4379" align="alignleft" width="300"]'Kyoto, Japan'. Photo by Max Richter 'Kyoto, Japan'. Photo by Max Richter[/caption] Following a very successful MAI Research Day in 2014 Mon Asia will be hosting  MAI Research Day 2015 Many scholars are conducting fascinating and important research on Asia at Monash, but all-too-rarely do we have a forum for sharing our ideas and findings, and for exploring potential collaborative pathways. Following on from last year’s successful MAI Research Day, the main aim of this event is again to exchange our research activities and interests and explore ideas for future collaboration. It will also facilitate intellectual dialogue and nurture the sense of togetherness in the studies of Asian regions among scholars. The Research Day begins with informal chats over lunch from 12-1pm, followed by a series of sessions in which scholars give short overviews of their current research and some suggestions/invitations for inter-disciplinary and trans-Asian collaboration. There will be good space for Q&A in each session, as well as time for informal one-on-ones between sessions. Dr. Mridula Chakraborty, MAI Acting Director & Dr. Max Richter, MAI Deputy Director

12.00 – 12.40 - - - - - Lunch - - - - -
12.40 – 1.20 - Gidi Ifergan, “Psychological Dimension of Soteriological Systems: Hindu Yoga and Tibetan Dzogchen” - David Templeman, “The Religious and the Political: translating a 17th Century Tibetan life” - Julian Millie, “Deliberation and Publicness in Indonesia's Regional Islamic Spheres” - Leo C. Epafras, “Indonesia Interfaith Weather Station: a peace-endorsement and conflict prevention initiative”
1.20 – 1.30 - - - - - short break - - - - -
1.30 – 2.10 - Margaret Kartomi, “Ethnomusicological Research on the Performing Arts of Sumatra at Monash University from the 1970s to the Present, with Special Reference to the Riau Islands, Indonesia” - Carolyn Stevens, “Sonic Practice in Japan” - Joseph Cheer, “Tourism and Resilience: Pacific and Asia Perspectives” - Jagjit Plahe,  “Where does Food Sovereignty sit in the Food Security Framework?”
2.10 – 2.20 - - - - - short break - - - - -
2.20 – 3.00 - Jason Jones, “Delightfully Sauced: The Popularization and Consumption of Wine Culture in Japan” - Aline Scott-Maxwell, “Australia’s Musical Engagement with Asia” - Mridula Nath. Chakraborty, “Reading the Indigenous: Australia and India” - Faridulla Bezhan, “Afghanistan: Political Ideology, Cultural Dynamics and Women’s Literature”
3.00 – 3.10 - - - - - short break - - - - -
3.10 – 4.00 - Vivien Seyler, “Publishing in Academic Journals: perspectives from South Asia” - Max Richter, “Australia-Indonesia collaborative publishing: current state and possible directions” - Jeremy Aarons, "Sharing benefits through knowledge management: A knowledge-based approach to integrated trans-boundary river basin management" - Ariel Liebman, “How Australia and Indonesia are working together on energy and carbon challenges” - Haripriya Rangan, “Transplants: Rewriting human history through plant movements”
4.00 – - - - - - Close - - - - -
 

MAI Research Day 2014
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 12/09/2014

<2014 MAI Research Day>

455190679 Thinkstock Date and time: 12-4pm, 12 September, Friday Venue: ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06), Caulfield Campus             Many scholars are doing very interesting research at Monash but often we do not know much about what others are doing. The main aim of the MAI research day is to exchange our research activities and interests and explore ideas for future collaboration. It will also facilitate intellectual dialogues and nurture the sense of togetherness in the studies of Asian regions among scholars. This is our inaugural gathering of this kind, and we will organize a similar kind of gathering event next semester too. We will start with informal chats over lunch from 12pm, followed by several sessions in which around 5-7 presenters give a 3min talk each about their own research and some suggestions/invitations for inter-disciplinary and trans-Asian research collaboration. Rather than adhere to the standard Q+A format, after each session we will have informal non-group based mingling over tea for about 15min. Then the next session will resume, followed in the last session with a group discussion to bring together various threads and map out potential ways forward. Please see below the program and confirmed speaker for the 1st gathering. Please RSVP to Halina Bluzer <halina.bluzer@monash.edu> for catering purpose no later than 8 September. When you write to Halina, please include the following information, so that we can distribute the list of participants at the meeting: Name; Affiliation/Position; email address; Research interests (disciplines, issues, regions/countries) Look forward to seeing you all on 12 September!

<Program>

12pm-12:30 Lunch 12:30 Welcome & Introduction 12:45pm-1.25pm Session 1 Southeast Asia 1.25pm-2.00pm Session 2 South Asia 2.00-2.45pm Session 3 East Asia 2.45-3.30pm Session 4 Trans-regional & Asian-Australians 3.30-4.00pm Session 5 Open discussion and forward planning  

<Speakers>

Southeast Asia                 Chair: Carolyn Stevens Stephen Gray (Law): Malaysia and Singapore (freedom of speech/corruption issues); Australian Indigenous legal issues Alice De Jonge (Business) Indigenous land rights in Malaysia and Indonesia Maurice Eisenbruch (Medical) Interdisciplinary medical anthropology work in Cambodia Nasya Bahfen (MFJ) Rural and urban icons of Malaysian modernity in the cartoons of Lat Sara Niner (SOSS) NGO and/in East Timor Amber Tan (HDR, Law) national security laws in Malaysia  

South Asia                            Chair: Max Richter

Samanthi Gunawardana (SOSS) Economic development policy and rural women's labour and employment experiences in Sri Lanka Monima Chadha (SOPHIS) Indian Philosophy Adrian McNeil (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) On Hindustani classical music Parichay Patra (HDR, MFJ) Indian cinema Ashraful Azad (HDR, Law) Human Rights of Migrants: the Case of Bangladeshi Migrant Labourers in the United Arab Emirates  

East Asia              Chair: Philip Chan

Gloria Davies (LLCL) The China Story website Justin O’Conor (MFJ) Cultural economy in China Gil Soo-Han (MFJ) Nationalism in South Korea Matt Nichol (Law) Japanese law and sports law (professional baseball) Jeremy Breaden (LLCL) Asia-bound student mobility policies in Australia and Japan: Towards a transnational analysis of 'Asia literacy' Hui Huang (LLCL)Second language acquisition and cross-cultural communication Rick Qi (HDR, LCLL) Mandarin Chinese translation  

Trans-Asia & Asian-Australian              Chair: Julian Millie

Anita Harris (SOSS) Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City Venesser Fernandes (EDU)Leadership Studies of in Pakistan/Australia Pauline Wong (EDU) Early Childhood Education of Hong Kong/Australia Hashim Abdulhamid (LCLL) Trilingual dictionary Thanh Pham (EDU) Confucian Heritage Cultures Students Learning Earvin Cabalquinto (HDR, MFJ) Mediated Mobile Communication of the Transnational Filipino Family in Melbourne Adam Zulawnik (HDR, LCLL) Japanese and Korean Translation   Download Flyer:S2Seminar 3

Mon@sia 2014: An informal gathering to welcome the new academic year
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 06/03/2014

Thursday 6th March 2014, 3:30pm 5:00pm, ACJC Seminar Room, Building H Level 8, Monash University Caulfield Campus

To refresh ourselves at the beginning of the new academic year, MAI is organizing an informal gathering. This will be a great opportunity to hear from MAI, Centre Directors and MAI friends regarding planned activities, forthcoming seminars and ongoing projects. Let us all get together also, to exchange informally with each other, on our diverse interests and research projects on Asian regions, and to foster a sense of togetherness! In addition to MAI friends, anyone interested in the study of Asian regions is welcome to join us!  (RSVP: halina.bluzer@monash.edu)

Mon@sia: Addressing ‘Asia literacy’ within Asian language teaching: Issues and perspectives
Gallery Building 55 Clayton Campus
Event Date: 30/10/2013

Addressing ‘Asia literacy’ within Asian language teaching:  Issues and perspectives

Coordinator: Robyn Spence-Brown (Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Arts) & Marianne Turner (Education).

Wednesday 30th October 2013, 3pm 4:45pm Meeting Room, Building 55, Gallery Building, Monash University Clayton Campus

 

One of the arguments for promoting the teaching of Asian languages in Australian schools and universities has been that students will not only achieve some degree of communicative competence, but that they will also acquire ‘cultural skills and knowledge’, ‘intercultural competence’ or ‘Asia literacy’.   All of these terms are problematic to define, and the question of just what cultural literacies can and should be acquired through language study, and how they can be better promoted, has been a perennial one over the last several decades. 

This session aims to explore some of the issues for language teaching in fulfilling the many expectations which surround it. It also brings together a consideration of these issues across both the school and tertiary levels.  The session will start with a short reflection on the issues by Robyn Spence-Brown (Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Arts) and Marianne Turner (Education).  This will be followed by a panel session in which Monash colleagues will draw on their own experiences in language education and language teacher education to further examine the role of Asia literacy in language education, and how it can best be addressed.  

Mon@sia: “Teaching Asia through Pop Culture: The Experience of Raising Interest and Awareness of Asia to Undergraduatese”
Gallery Building 55 Clayton Campus
Event Date: 17/09/2013

Teaching Asia through Pop Culture: The Experience of Raising Interest and Awareness of Asia to Undergraduates

 Speaker: Dr. Catherine Gomez (RMIT)

Tuesday 17th September 2013, 3pm to 4.45pm

Abstract

Teaching Asia to students who opt to study Asian Studies and to those who do general courses come with their own set of challenges and rewards. Through my experience

teaching both Asian Studies and (very large cohorts of) Communication Studies students at RMIT University, I discuss ways in which pop culture can be used to raise undergraduate awareness and interest in Asia.