I call this blog Academia from a Scooter because most days that’s how I get to the campus where I work. The view from my modest little scooter is quite interesting. One I never thought I’d gain from the cosy interior of my Australian petrol monster a few years ago.
I am an academic, which means I teach, I research, I write and I supervise postgraduates and honours students undertaking further studies. I spend a lot of time reading, far too little time writing and most of my days moving between teaching and research. Most days I think of myself as a media/cultural studies academic though some days I suspect my true love is socio-technological studies. My first degree is in mass communication, my honours degree is in internet studies and my doctorate is well, a Doctor of Philosophy. 🙂
My research interests are broad and can roughly be categorised as:
1) research on Asian diasporas with a focus on those from China, Singapore, India and Malaysia. I am working on a project that looks at diaspora as a 3-way relationship between diaspora, home nation and host nation. In other words, bringing studies that usually belong in migration studies and studies that belong in international relations together through the examination of the relationships between media and diaspora in both home and host nations.
2) research on the relationship between nation and technology, especially the internet. In this area, my focus is on technology zones and my doctoral thesis looked at Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor as its prime example.
3) research on the internet and the space/place/role of non-users, especially in connection to national technological policies
4) research on ethno-religious minorities and co-existence. I have done some work on the Malaysian-Indian community and their fight to win space within the national imaginary.
5) research on time and space as lived experiences.
For a list of work I’ve published, look at Publications.