Prophets of Mass Innovation: The Gospel According to BAT

Media Industries Journal,  Volume 5, Issue 1, 2018 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.105   Permissions Abstract: This article examines the role that the CEOs of China’s tech giants (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent [BAT]) play as advocates of China’s vision of mass innovation. It seeks, first, to understand what mass innovation is and the conditions for its success and then…

Continue Reading

Chasing dignity and work

A recent piece [reposted here courtesy of Eureka Street] In a couple of weeks’ time my modest family of three will be spread across 4000-plus kilometres and two continents, all in the cause of finding work. While my adult daughter has been living and working in a country town an eight-hour drive away from home…

Continue Reading

Should the unemployed also be reimagining work?

After the article, The Work of Disobedience, was published a reader commented on the futility of the exercise for people who are unemployed. The basic notion is, if you have no work, you can hardly ‘disobey’. On first reading the comment made some sense but it kept niggling me and I realised, having had the…

Continue Reading

Western Australia’s welcome engagement in Asia has been a long time coming

republished from The Conversation, 22 March 2017 The newly elected Western Australia premier, Mark McGowan, has appointed the state’s first minister for Asian engagement, Bill Johnston. The appointment shows that McGowan’s administration understands how deeply embedded the state’s interests are in the Asian neighbourhood. Some of WA’s strongest economic and cultural advantages come from its…

Continue Reading

Reviving a Dream of India

The paper that follows this is one I wrote a few years back and tried for months and months to have published by academic journals. As must be obvious, it didn’t happen and I’ll be the first to say it can be improved. In the end though, I decided to not pursue that part of…

Continue Reading

Latter-Day Danger Asians

I have never written and published in fiction so this piece in Peril Magazine is a first for me. I am grateful to Peril for accepting it. Titled, Latter-Day Danger Asians, it speaks to issues that have troubled me for a while but because of the genre of fiction (or should it be that neologism,…

Continue Reading

Malaysia disconnecting from online freedoms

(republished here under Creative Commons, originally published at the East Asian Forum) 18 March 2016 Not long ago, the Malaysian government thought that mastery of the internet was a path towards economic development. In February 1996, it launched the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), essentially a special economic zone, to entice high-technology corporations like Microsoft to…

Continue Reading

I’m the Proud Parent of a Baby Journal!

Very recently, I was very privileged but also highly relieved to be part of an editorial team that launched a new journal. Named Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, the first issue will be published in the second half of this year and there will be two issues brought out each year by Intellect Ltd. The…

Continue Reading

Launching a new Book Series

Early in 2015 I had the opportunity to work with  Associate Professor Terence Lee (Murdoch University) and put together the proposal for a new book series to be published by Rowman and Littlefield International. The series, Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies, has been launched and we expect the first few titles later in…

Continue Reading

Tips on Preparing a Book Proposal

Where do you start? It all depends on your point of departure, do you know which publisher you are sending the proposal to or is this a pre-approach proposal? If you know exactly which publisher you want to approach, visit their website, look for their standard proposal form (it’d be rare for publishers not to…

Continue Reading