Contributors to Intersections
Issue 17

Fazeeha Azmi recently submitted her doctoral thesis 'From Rice Barn to Remittances: A Study of Poverty and Livelihood Changes in System H of The Accelerated Mahaweli Development Project (AMDP), Sri Lanka' to the Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. She received an M.Phil in Social Change from the same university in 1999. Since 1996, Fazeeha has worked as a lecturer in Geography in the Geography Department at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She recently published an article entitled 'Changing livelihoods among the second and third generations of settlers in System H of the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Project (AMDP) in Sri Lanka' in the Norwegian Journal of Geography, 61 (1) 2007. Her research interests include poverty, livelihoods, development, migration and gender.
Chen Ta-Yuan (Henry T. Chen) holds a PhD in Asian Studies. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of politics and maritime history of Taiwan, Chinese history and society, and translation and interpreting skills.
Zakiah Hasan Gaffar is a PhD candidate in Women's Studies in the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. Her thesis entitled 'Life in Between: The Post-Migration Narratives of Indonesian Returning Domestic Workers' examines the post-migration experiences of Indonesian returning domestic workers—how their experiences as domestic workers overseas intertwine with and affect their lives at home post-migration, the struggles and dilemmas they encounter between the values of their upbringing and those they learned while working overseas. She was awarded Masters of Arts from the same university in 2005. Her research interests include migrant domestic workers, feminist debates, and feminist research. She is a junior lecturer in Sociology Department, at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Tanjung Pura, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Barbara Hartley is a lecturer in Japanese literature and film at University of Tasmania. Her doctoral thesis examined the mother as a desiring subject in twentieth century narrative in Japan and she has published on the ways in which mothers in narrative contest hegemomic demands in Hecate, Japanese Studies and The Proceedings of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies. She has had translations and commentaries on women's writing in Japan (individual and joint, with Tomoko Aoyama) published in collections from Hawai'i University Press and Columbia University Press. Her current research interests include the work of post-war writer Takeda Taijun and she received a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship to examine images of China in the work of this writer. She is also working on a collection of essays on girls in modern Japanese literature and culture, jointly edited with Tomoko Aoyama.
Peter Jackson is Fellow in Thai History in the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Canberra. He specialises in modern Thai cultural history, with particular interests in the history of Buddhism, the history of gender and eroticism, and the theoretical bases of cross-cultural research. He is co-founder of the Australia-based AsiaPacifiQueer network and is currently writing a history of Thai discourses of gender and sexuality as well as a study of the foundations of a theoretically engaged area studies project. His books include Buddhadasa – A Buddhist Thinker for the Modern World; Buddhism, Legitimation and Conflict – The Political Functions of Urban Thai Buddhism; Dear Uncle Go: Male Homosexuality in Thailand; Multicultural Queer: Australian Narratives (with Gerard Sullivan); Lady Boys, Tom Boys, Rent Boys: Male and Female Homosexualities in Contemporary Thailand (with Gerard Sullivan); Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand (with Nerida Cook) and Gay and Lesbian Asia (with Gerard Sullivan).

Melissa Johnston holds a first class Honours degree (2006) from Murdoch University. Her thesis, 'Malaysian Literature in English: three approaches,' explores two recent novels from Malaysia that address women's stories within the broader meta-narrative of Malaysian history. The thesis explores how postcolonial and Marxist theory can be used as complementary approaches to examine these novels. Her other research interests include representations of women in the Asia Pacific region in (post-)colonial literature, economic organisation of matrilineal societies and labour history in the Australasian region.
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Jill Miller completed a PhD thesis in 2008 at the Australian National University on time banks and the aged in Japan. It followed on from an MPhil thesis on ageing in urban China and Japan. She is continuing research on positive ageing in these two countries. Her participation in a number of groups of women in Japan between 1979 and 1991 provided her with some insights for this paper. She has worked as a magazine editor and writer in Hong Kong, Japan and China and as a Hansard editor at Parliament House in Canberra.
Ayami Noritake is a PhD candidate at the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Her thesis explores the relationship between space and gender with a focus on the agency of female street entrepreneurs and dressmakers in the process of place-making in the marketplace in South Korea. Her original interests were in women's urban social movements in Latin America, and she studied women's participation in Urban Popular Movements in Mexico City for her MA degree. She worked in UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office in India for women's political and economic empowerment and gender advocacy. Then, she shifted her interests to South Korean gender relations and urban development. Her current interests include gender relations in South Korea and Eastern Asia, agency, gender and space, place-making and urban development.

Rekha Pande is the Coordinator of the Centre for Women's Studies and works in the Department of History, at the University of Hyderabad, India. She has earlier worked as Director, Prof. and Head of the Centre for Women's Studies at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. Her work is in the interdisciplinary area of History and Women's Studies. She is the author of five books and has published in the area of women's work, girl child and child labour, occupational health issues of women, violence against women, women and religion, women's movement and impact of globalisation on women in a number of journals both in India and abroad. She is the editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP), Routledge Taylor and Francis group, U.K. She is also the editor of Foreign Policy Analysis, which is published by Blackwell, USA. She received the International Visiting Fellowship in the School of Policy Studies, in the University of Bristol, U.K for 2004–2005, Academic Fellow, University of Buffalo, USA, 2007, and International Visiting Scholar, 2007, at Maison de Research, Paris. She has been the Project Director of a number of projects, the most important being, the evaluation of crèches, the girl child and the family, women and violence, child labor in the beedi industry, the anti-arrack (liquor) movement, child labour, cross cultural study of women and gender issues in information and communication technology. She has travelled widely in India and abroad to deliver lectures and present papers in national and international conferences.

Ziling Ye graduated with her M.Phil from the China and Korea Centre in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Her thesis was entitled, 'Zishu Nü: Sisterhood in Guangdong Delta' and she is currently translating this work into Chinese and negotiating with a publisher in Nanjing with a view to publication. She plans to further her historical work on women and marriage in eastern China from the 1920s to the 1940s and has been offered a place in the PhD Programme of the Gender Relations Centre at the ANU. She is currently teaching in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the ANU.


Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
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