Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific
Issue 2, May 1999
Contributors to Intersections: Issue 2

When he contributed this article to Intrersections Chris Berry was teaching Cinema Studies at University of California, Berkeley, USA. As well as publishing widely on queer East Asian cinema, he writes regularly on mainland Chinese film, and is currently working on a project on Chinese cinema and the national, with Mary Farquhar of Griffith University. He is a co-editor of The Filmmaker and the Prostitute: Dennis O'Rourke's 'The Good Woman of Bangkok', Sydney: Power Institute Press, 1997, and author of A Bit on the Side: East-West Topographies of Desire, Sydney: EMPress, 1994. In the second half of 1999, he was in Seoul as a Korea Foundation Fellow, working on an academic website on the late Korean maverick director, Kim Ki-Young.

Carolyn Brewer's primary research interests focus on the impact of religion on the construction of gender. Her doctoral research focussed on the impact of Hispanic Catholicism on women's lives in 16th and 17th century Philippines, with special emphasis on the sinking status of female, Animist, spiritual practitioners. She currently teaches in the Asian Studies and Women's Studies programmes at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. As well as collaborating with Anne-Marie Medcalf with the on-going Intersections project, her publications focus on issues of gender and religion.

Maria Degabriele teaches Communication Studies in the School of Business at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. She has published essays and reviews on Western constructions and representations of the East, as evident in literature, the mass media, and popular culture.

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is senior lecturer in media and screen at Murdoch University, Australia. She has published Public Secrets, Public Spaces: Cinema and Civility in China (2000), The State of China Atlas (1999) (with Robert Benewick), and co-edited with Harriet Evans Picturing Power in the People's Republic of China: Posters of the Cultural Revolution (1999). They have also co-edited a forthcoming issue of New Formations, 'Culture/China', dealing with gender and diaspora and cultural production.

Tamara Jacka is a lecturer in Chinese Studies at Murdoch University. She teaches Chinese language and Chinese politics. Her research interests are in social and political change in contemporary China, gender relations in contemporary China and rural-urban migration. Her book, Women's Work in Rural China. Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997.

Peter A. Jackson is Research Fellow in Thai History in the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He was formerly head of the Thai National Curriculum Project in Canberra and Executive Officer of the ANU's National Thai Studies Centre. His research focuses on modern Thai cultural history, with emphases on religion and sexuality. Current projects include a history of gay Bangkok and a study of the impact of Thailand's economic boom and bust on Buddhism and other aspects of Thai religion. Peter Jackson's books include Buddhadasa: A Buddhist Thinker for the Modern World (1988), Buddhism, Legitimation and Conflict: The Political Functions of Urban Thai Buddhism (1989) and Dear Uncle Go: Male Homosexuality in Thailand (1995).

Christina Lee completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (Honours) at Murdoch University mid 1999. She is interested in representations of gendered identity in contemporary Chinese cinema and the concept of the 'ambiguous woman'. She is currently co-authoring a chapter with Dr. Stephanie Donald for Images of the 'Modern Woman' in Asia: Global Media/Local Meanings, (Curzon Press).

Anne McLaren is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies in the University of Melbourne (from February 2000). For nine years she was Director of the Chinese Program at the Department of Asian Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her main research interests are Chinese popular culture, the history of vernacular publishing in China, oral and literate culture in China, contemporary cultural revivalism and the oral and ritual culture of Chinese women. She is the author of Chinese Popular Culture and Ming Chantefables (1998), The Chinese Femme Fatale: Stories from the Ming Period (1994) and co-editor, with Antonia Finnane, of Dress, Sex and Text in Chinese Culture (1999).

Anne-Marie Medcalf teaches Southeast Asian Studies at Murdoch University in Western Australia and is co-editor, with Carolyn Brewer, of Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context. Her main research interests concern gender, culture, literature and the environment in the context of French colonial Vietnam. On this subject, she has most recently written 'Reconstructing a Homeland: Gender, Gallicity and Sense of Place in Colonial Vietnam,' in Carolyn Brewer and Anne-Marie Medcalf (eds), 'Researching the Fragments: Histories of Women in the Asian Context,' Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 2000.

Josko Petkovic teaches screen production at Murdoch University . His filmography includes Subjective/Objective, Journey of Anticipation, Frame on Dreaming, Animal Locomotion: Muybridge, and Letter to Eros.

Iwane Shibuya is undertaking a Ph.D. in Asian Studies at Murdoch University. She is researching the Australian representation of the allied occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952. Iwane teaches Japanese Language at La Trobe University.

Leonie Rae Stickland is undertaking doctoral studies at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Her research centres upon the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theatre company in Japan, for which she worked as a translator and voice actor for more than six of her twenty years of residence in that country. She is also interested in cross-dressing by women in Chinese opera.

Graeme Storer is completing a doctorate in sociology at the University of New South Wales. His research is concerned with the discursive and sexual interactions between bar-based male sex workers and their clients in Bangkok, Thailand. Graeme also works as a free-lance consultant, advising non-government organisations in Asia on management development and organisational change processes.

Ian Wilson is a post-graduate student at Murdoch University, Perth. He is currently undertaking field research in West Java concerning the relationship between body-orientated forms of cultural practice/discipline and political and social discourse, as found in the Javanese martial art pencak silat.

Sandra Wilson is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Japanese Studies Programme at Murdoch University. She has published a number of articles on Japan and is co-editor of The Russo-Japanese War in Cultural Perspective (Macmillan, 1999). She is currently working on a book manuscript on Japan during the Manchurian crisis of 1931-33 and on a new project on Japanese nationalism.


This paper was originally published in Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context, with the assistance of Murdoch University.

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