Call for papers — Multiculturalism and “Asia” International workshop

Call for papers — Multiculturalism and “Asia” International workshop
Monash Asia Institute in conjunction with the School of Political & Social Inquiry Monash University
21-22 Nov 2013

Monash Asia Institute together with the School of Political and Social Inquiry will host
an international workshop of ‘Multiculturalism and “Asia”’ at Monash University,
Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 21 and 22 November 2013.

The workshop has two key purposes. One is to broaden and reconsider the studies of
multiculturalism and multicultural questions, which have been developed mostly in
Western contexts by examining Asian experiences. While we have witnessed the
decline or demise of multiculturalism in many Western countries in the last decade, the
discussion of multiculturalism has been capturing more attention in Asian (especially
East Asian) countries. It is thus significant for anyone concerned with multiculturalism
to make a serious investigation into this emerging phenomenon.

By “Asian” experiences, we do not just mean those of Asian countries. We will also
examine the experiences of migrants/diasporas of Asian backgrounds in Asian regions
including Australia. This is related to the other purpose of the workshop, that is, to
reconsider multicultural issues beyond the hitherto dominant framework of the
nation-state. Transnational connections and affiliations fostered by Asian
migrants/diasporas will be examined in terms of their implications for multicultural
questions in the local context. We will also consider how shifting international relations
of “home” and host countries affects their sense of belonging and membership in the
host countries, as well as the interplay between transnational and local/city affiliations.
Confirmed speakers include: Ien Ang (University of Western Sydney), Kim Hyun Mee
(Yonsei University), Hsiao-Chuan Hsia (Shih Hsin University), Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo
Univeristy), Fran Martin (Melbourne University).

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on the following issues, though
proposals that are in other ways relevant to the two key themes will also be considered.

I. Multiculturalism in Asia (with some emphasis on East Asia):
o National/local policy and media representation/discourse of
o Recognition of cultural differences, especially “Asians” and “mixed
o Everyday multiculturalism and mundane negotiation with cultural
o Transnational alliance to critically engage with multicultural questions

II. Asian diasporas and de-nationalized understanding of multicultural questions
o Rooted transnationalism & intertwined association with “here” & “there”
o Sense of multiple belonging & membership and its implication for local
multicultural questions
o Migrants’/diasporas’ diverse access to media communication and diverse
modes of national identification
o Asian migrants/diasporas and the rise of their “home” culture
o Asian Australians, generational shifts and Australia’s “Asian literacy”

The workshop is part of a larger research project of the Institute. It aims to be
discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk of the main points for 15
minutes. Speakers are not expected to present complete papers but to raise key
theoretical questions with related empirical examination.
Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and
e-mail address no later than 30 June to:
Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Multiculturalism and Asia” in the subject line.
Acceptance of proposal will be notified around the end of July.
Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for
participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the workshop.
You can find more details of the workshop and the venue at the webpage of Monash
Asia Institute:
We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!
Best regards,
Koich Iwabuchi & Anita Harris
(Conveners, Monash University, Australia)

New book publication

Gil-Soo Han (2012) Korean Diaspora and Media in Australia: In Search of Identities. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Book description:
An essential dimension of why one becomes an immigrant is based on a quest for identities – who one is, whom one wants to be, and how one wants to live. There is much in common between immigrants of the past and immigrants today in terms of what they seek through diasporic life. However, one key difference relates to how they express the processes of searching for their identities. This book illuminates the ways in which Korean immigrants in Australia express their identities through autobiographies, novels, church websites, and popular weekly magazines. Korean Diaspora and Media in Australia also examines the role of the Korean immigrant church in contributing to the formation of transnational identities. Han’s in-depth analysis is informed by the concepts of reflexivity and internal conversation from a tradition of critical realism. Internal conversation is enabled through human reflexivity (the regular application of mental ability) and is the process for individual agents to work out their best reactions to social conditions. Han carefully explains this process and thoughtfully applies it to the Korean community’s search for identities in Australia.