La Trobe Asia event – Cooperation in contested Asia

East Asia’s security environment is changing rapidly. China’s power and confidence is rising, the US is increasingly introspective and uncertainty abounds about its power and purpose. India and Russia also clamour for influence. Regional powers are entering a period of growing rivalry and animosity, nationalism is an increasingly pervasive force, and prompted by a pervasive…

La Trobe Asia: Japan’s approach to a changing world

Japan faces a rapidly changing international environment. Asia is shifting from an era of peace and prosperity to one of contestation and great power rivalry. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are unsettling the region. Xi Jinping’s China is more confident, assertive and nationalistic than ever and uncertainty lingers of the role of Japan’s security partner, the…

La Trobe Asia: book launch of The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s early presidency

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been called many names: The Trump of the East, a dictator-in-waiting, the bastard child of Philippines’ democracy. Beyond these colourful labels, however, are critical social transformations occurring in the Philippine society that accompany Duterte’s rise to presidency. How exactly does a populist firebrand govern? What political project does he offer…

Dragon tails: Hopes, dreams and realities conference – registrations now open

The draft program is now available for the fifth Dragon Tails conference, the Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage. This year’s conference theme highlights not only the imagination in shaping actions of Chinese-Australians, but also the realities and challenges that Chinese-Australasians have encountered in pursuing their hopes and dreams. The conference will be…

Hindi workshop 2017

Hindi, one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, has a firm foothold in Australia. This year’s census revealed the data behind what many in Australia’s Hindi community already knew: the story of Hindi forms a chapter in the story of Australia. Join us for a day and explore all aspects of Hindi in Australia.…