Event description

In this public forum, scholars from UWA Asian Studies will highlight aspects of their research by discussing current topics in the Asian region and conveying why researching Asia matters now perhaps more than ever. Topics will include: the importance of learning Asian languages; demographic shifts in the region; the relevance to Australia of social and political dynamics in countries like Indonesia and China; and using popular culture to understand Asia.

Each participant will briefly (in a few minutes) address one of the topics, using it as a springboard to facilitate discussion and interaction with members of the audience.

The forum will thus showcase to the wider community, the diverse research conducted by UWA Asian Studies scholars, and, importantly, the relevance of this research to Western Australia and Australia.


  • Brief Introduction by Chair about Asian Studies Research/introduction of speakers (Professor Kent Anderson, DVC, Community and Engagement)
  • Friends Matter (Too) (Dr Laura Dales)
  • Why Indonesian Politics Matters to Australia ( Dr David Bourchier)
  • Beauty Matters (Dr Jo Elfving-Hwang)
  • Asian Languages Matter (Dr Nicola Fraschini)
  • The Environment Matters (Professor Lyn Parker)
  • How/Why China Matters (Dr Yu Tao)
  • Q & A (moderated by Dr Romit Dasgupta)


SPEAKER - lauradales

Dr Laura Dales

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Lecturer, Asian Studies
SPEAKER - LynParker

Professor Lyn Parker

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Associate Dean of Arts (Postgraduate) Asian Studies
SPEAKER - Tao_Photo

Dr Yu Tao

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Lecturer, Asian Studies
SPEAKER - romitdasgupta

Dr Romit Dasgupta

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Associate Professor, Asian Studies