In Painan West Sumatra, Indonesia


This is the wife of Bapak (father a polite term to address an older person) Amlis whos is a maestro of the Rantak Kudo dance. It involves rituals and elements of martial arts. The above picture shows Ibu (mother) Amlis cooking with fire wood. Their house is very simple and is categorised as Rumah Miskin … Continue reading In Painan West Sumatra, Indonesia


Oral Tradition Journal Ruth Finnegan (1992)wrote on oral traditions, that: "In the context of oral history Finnegan defines oral tradition as strictly speaking…those recollections of the past that are commonly or universally known in a given culture…[and] have been handed down for at least a few generations’ ‘Oral tradition’ sometimes means any kind of unwritten tradition (including … Continue reading Oral Tradition Journal 

Technology and dance


Dance has advanced so much in using technology. In a recent collaboration between the Japan Foundation and  the Faculty of Performing Arts, the Dance Department at the Jakarta Institute for the Arts presented the work of a Japanese choreographer  from the group Nibroll, performed by the students and alumni from the dance department  using  video … Continue reading Technology and dance

Call for papers: Chinese Diaspora and the Contemporary Rise of China: Migration, Settlement and Transnational Networks

Call for papers reblog ASSRN

Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN)

2018-03-07 15_30_16-International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) 2018 - Oceania RInternational Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas 2018 – Oceania Regional Conference

The University of Melbourne | 25th-26th October 2018

The rapid rise of China as a major global, economic and political power in recent decades has transformed patterns of Chinese international migration, settlement and diaspora linkages. The effects of these changes are particularly apparent in the Pacific Rim region, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and Pacific Island nations.

The 2018 ISSCO conference seeks to explore and discuss the causes, processes, and consequences of Chinese migration from mainland China and other sources including re-migration from Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.

While proposals that focus on Oceania and the Pacific Rim region are especially welcome, the convenors also encourage proposals that address contemporary issues relating to Chinese international migration, settlement and transnational networks in Asia, Europe, Africa and other parts of the world.


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Dragon Tails 2017 conference – Program & Registration now available

Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN)

dragon tailsThe draft program for the Dragon Tails 2017: Hopes, Dreams and Realities, a conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage, is now available online.

The conference will be held at the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, from Thursday 23 November to Sunday 26 November 2017.

You can view the draft program, and register online, at:

Early bird registration is available up until Sunday 5 November 2017, 11pm.

If you are a speaker who is a post-graduate student, you are eligible for a bursary which includes free registration and a small travel subsidy. Please contact us to arrange this for you.

We have been delighted by the range and depth of the papers offered for the conference, and look forward to an exciting and stimulating four days in Bendigo.

Professor Madeline Y. Hsu from the University of Texas (Austin), will be keynote speaker. Professor Hsu served as Director of…

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