What they DONT’t tell you before you embark on a PhD

(originally published in Australia Asia Pacific Institute Review Jan-March 2016, p. 9) Well, if you thought that working on a PhD was about spending 3 years (or more? Yay!) reading and writing about your pet topic, you’re wrong. The first thing they don’t tell you is that editing will be much more important than writing….

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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…

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Supervising someone else’s dream?!!

This year I find myself taking on more postgraduate supervisions than I’ve ever had, though not as many as some of my colleagues because I’m wary of the responsibility of supervising someone else’s dream. And that’s how I think of postgraduate supervision, particularly for PhDs. People undertake these projects for different reasons, sometimes it’s a…

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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…

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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…

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The Craft of Writing for Research

Scholarship is a choice of how to live as well as a choice of career; whether he knows it or not, the intellectual workman forms his own self as he works toward the perfection of his craft; to realize his own potentialities, and any opportunities that come his way, he constructs a character which has…

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The Čezeta Scooter

Here’s a scooter to lust after (5000 W electric engine, 0-60 km/h in 35 seconds) … Czech pedigree, distinctive retro looks and all mod cons [bluetooth speakers, a reverse gear (genius, especially if you’re not a big, strong rider) and AC outlet], plus space for all my shopping, work bag, lunch box, files, laptop and…

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MCCA Symposium 2015

Here’s a record of an event recently held at Curtin University compiled using Storify. You should see some descriptive text when you hover your mouse over each image/ resource … [View the story “The MCCA Directions & Destinations Symposium 2015” on Storify]

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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…

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Back on 2 Wheels

Say hello to Zahara, my new scooter, flight of fancy and freedom machine. No, really! When I left Brisbane to return to Perth, I had to sell my trusty Red Devil to a nice Italian lady, a migrant like myself to Australia. 2 years on and I find myself back on 2 wheels, partly because…

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