Pausing for Pua

A few weeks ago Tony Pua, MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, Malaysia visited Perth and gave a presentation titled, Malaysia in a Tragic Year. I’d not met Tony before and he was a pleasure to watch and listen to, with the ability to speak to a roomful of people as if each was a friend […]

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Come have a coffee and chat

My daughter remarked yesterday in one of those heart-to-heart conversations that take place on car journeys that she thought I like teaching more than I do research because I rarely discuss my research but can rabbit on about teaching (she means whinge) endlessly. Her observation rather shocked me because while I derive some satisfaction from […]

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The Insider-Outsider

In the course of the past year, I have visited Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and China. With the exception of Malaysia, all are places where the Chinese population is dominant. It’s taken a while to process my thoughts but here are my early observations. It starts with a question posed by a fellow academic at […]

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