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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Dragons, Cricket and Bales of Hay

So over the weekend I made my regular loop round the neighbourhood in a bid to fend off the pain hours of sitting at a computer inflicts on my back. I usually use these times to mull over whatever conundrum I am trying to figure out that day. That afternoon I’d been reading about the…

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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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5 Lessons from a first-time Author

New Media and the Nation in Malaysia: Malaysianet, what does a first-time author say about her first monograph? A review of someone else’s book is fairly routine but one’s own? Hmm…so this is about that process that many undergo but fewer want to relate: publishing your first book aka ‘converting your thesis into a monograph’….

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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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Time No Longer Matters?

I teach and research in the field of media studies in Australia and was intrigued  recently when I saw the following ad on New Zealand television Time, according to this ad, no longer matters. Neither the dawning of the day, playtime or the ocean tides were regulated by time any longer. It no longer matters…

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Research Publications

The following list is of my research publications, which I update (last update: 27 July 2017). Wherever possible, I have included copies in PDF format. Some, however, are either book chapters or works-in-progress where digital copies are not available or not permissible for download online. If you’d like a copy, please contact me via email…

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