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…

Public lecture – The changing world order? Gareth Evans on Australia and the rise of China

Australia has a vital set of relationships with its Asian neighbours, built on the foundation of shared geography, security interests and mutually beneficial trade. Over recent decades Japan and China have become global powerhouses and India may yet join them. Having strong, beneficial relations with these countries will only become more important. One of the…

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.…

La Trobe Asia presents: China’s Influence – propaganda, persuasion, and softpower in Australia

China’s influence in Australia has become controversial. For years there have been reports connecting Chinese money to the funding of political parties, think-tanks, and research institutes. There is investment in business and buildings, and the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece China Daily struck a deal to be distributed in the Fairfax Media’s newspapers. Less recognised is…

La Trobe Asia: Upcoming seminars

We’re hosting a number of upcoming seminars over the coming weeks! Law School Seminar: Unconstitutional constitutional provisions: On how not to fail the constituent people Friday 21 March Social Sciences Building room 232 – Moot Court Bundoora Campus Ridwanul Hoque PhD (London), LLM (Cantab.) is a professor of law at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka.…