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Edition 5, 2021

Asian Australians

The ‘missing’ Indian-Australians in politics (हिंदी अनुवाद)

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

  • Dr Surjeet Dhanji
COVID-19 Analysis

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

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 中文

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

Australia’s South Korea problem 中文

South Korea is Australia's fourth largest trading partner, but the foreign policy community continues to focus on North Korea.

The use of the term LGBT in Indonesia and its real-world consequences. (中文)

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

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

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

COVID-19 Analysis

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Analysis

COVID-19 in the Middle East: A perfect storm 中文

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

Global Arabic Studies: Lessons from a Transnational Asian Heritage. (中文)

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

Indonesian vigilantes are voicing a conservative Islam, but they are not becoming terrorists. (Terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia)

Members of Islamic street gangs mostly have no religious credentials, and don't aim to establish an Islamic state.

Overcoming Oligarchy? The UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Philippines. (中文)

Major human rights abuses and even business-related killings are widespread in the Philippines.

COVID-19 Analysis

As COVID-19 escalates in Indonesia, responses are fractured and fractious. (Terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia)

Elite interests continue to dominate Indonesia's pandemic response at a national level, but there's community resilience at the grassroots.

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

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