Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context
Issue 4, September 2000

Contributors to Intersections: Issue 4

Kylie Boltin is a documentary director and PhD candidate in the department of Creative Media, RMIT University. Her most recent documentary, Wedding Sari Showdown won 'Best Short Documentary at REAL Life on Film 2006' and was screened on SBS-TV in 2006. Kylie has also completed a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen Dobbs tutors in Asian Studies at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. His research interests relate primarily to environmental and maritime issues in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia and the archipelago world. He has recently contributed a chapter on the early trade of Southeast Asia ('Entrepot of trade: Southeast Asia until the 1870s') for a forthcoming handbook on the region edited by Patrick Heenan and Monique Lamontage. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 1999, was titled, 'An ecological history of the Singapore River: with particular reference to the lighterage industry'. He is currently revising the dissertation with a view to publication.

Louise Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at Australian Catholic University's Brisbane Campus. She has published Men and Women in Qing China (1994), Recreating the Literary Canon (1995), Censored by Confucius (with Kam Louie) (1996) and Women in Asia (ed. with Mina Roces) (2000) as well as numerous journal articles on women and gender in China.

Brett Farmer is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Spectacular Passions: Cinema, Fantasy, Gay Male Spectatorships (Duke University Press, 2000), and articles on film, media, and gay/lesbian studies in various journals including Screen, Postcolonial Studies, Metro, and Critical InQueeries. He is currently writing a new book on the histories of gay diva worship.

Timothy R. Fox is a full-time instructor of English language and literature at Chinese Culture University in Taipei. Timothy Fox is also a doctoral student of Western Literary Criticism at Tamkang University in Tamsui, Taiwan. He received a Masters Degree in Language Education from Rutgers University in 1992, and has been teaching in Taipei since 1994. In both his teaching and his doctoral studies, Timothy focuses on the influence of the cinema in popular culture.

Freda Freiberg is a film historian, lecturer and critic and a specialist in Japanese cinema. Her publications on Japanese cinema include the chapter on Japanese cinema in The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson, OUP 1998; an article on Japanese animation cinema in Hibakusha Cinema, edited by Mick Broderick, Kegan Paul International, 1996; and a chapter on the wartime Japanese cinema in World War II, Film and History, edited by John Chambers II and David Culbert, OUP, 1996. Freda has taught Asian cinema at Monash University and is now in demand as a visiting lecturer at various campuses. She has contributed articles and reviews to many journals and arts publications - including Lip Magazine, East-West Film Journal, Photofile, Cinema Papers, Metro, and Continuum - and worked as photography critic for The Age. Recently she contributed an essay on the representation of Asia in Australian cinema to The Oxford Companion to Australian Film, edited by Brian McFarlane, Geoff Mayer and Ina Bertrand, OUP 1999, and essays on films about the 'comfort woman' issue to Metro (Dec 1995) and to a forthcoming book, edited by Jeanette Hoorn and Barbara Creed.

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.

Karen Kelsky is a cultural anthropologist specialising in Japan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawai'i in 1996, and has taught at the University of Oregon since that year. Her book, Women on the Verge: Gender, Race, and the Erotics of the International in Japan, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2001. She has published in Public Culture and Cultural Anthropology, and has an essay on Japanese theme parks forthcoming in the collection Theme Parks and Cultural Centers: Logics, Economies, and Identities (Tamar Gordon, ed.; Duke University Press). Her new research focuses on an alternative 'back-to-the-land' movement in Japan from the 1960s through the present day.

Olivia Khoo is a PhD candidate in the Department of English with Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include Asian exoticism and regionalism, and contemporary visibilities of Asian femininity. She has published articles in Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (Volume 14, Number 3, 1999), and in the Journal of Australian Studies (forthcoming, September 2000). She also has a chapter entitled 'Sexing the City : Malaysia's New Cyberlaws and Cyberjaya's Queer Success,' in Mobile Cultures: New Media and Queer Asia (edited by Chris Berry, Audrey Yue, and Fran Martin; forthcoming).

Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1973. She is currently Chair Professor of English and head of the English Department at the University of Hong Kong, as well as Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her first book of poems, Crossing The Peninsula (Heinemann Press, 1980), won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her current research includes a book length study of gender and nation identities in Asian American discourses. Looking at personal history and narrative and formulating a theory of gendered and historicized subjectivity, Shirley is interested in deploying a range of discursive registers to insert a particular Asian diasporic production of American identity. As well as publishing three edited/co-edited volumes, Shirley has also published five books of poetry and three collections of short stories. Her memoir, Among The White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands (Feminist Press, 1997), received the American Book Award. She is also working on a second novel and a new collection of poems.

Vera Mackie is foundation professor of Japanese Studies at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. Her publications include Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900-1937 (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia-Pacific Perspectives (Routledge, 2000, edited by Anne Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre, Vera Mackie and Maila Stivens) and articles in such journals as Australian Feminist Studies, Hecate, Japanese Studies, New Left Review and Women's Studies International Forum.

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).

Mark McLelland is a post-doctoral fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. Mark wrote his Ph.D. thesis on representations of male homosexuality in the Japanese media which was later published as Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities, Richmond: Curzon Press (2000). His papers on homosexuality in Japan have appeared in The New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, The U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, The Journal of Gender Studies, Intersections and Culture, Health and Sexuality. His current research focuses on the interface between homosexuality, gender and new technologies in Japan and he has so far published on this topic in The Journal of Communication Inquiry and Convergence. He is currently completing a chapter on Japanese queer uses of the Internet for the forthcoming book Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia edited by Chris Berry, Fran Martin and Audrey Yue and is co-editor (with Nanette Gottlieb) of Japanese Cybercultures (forthcoming).

Dr. Fran Martin has published critical essays on lesbian and gay sexualities in contemporary Taiwan in Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, GLQ, Communal/Plural, Intersections and Critical InQueeries, and her work has appeared in Chinese translation in Chungwai Literary Monthly and Youth Literary. She wrote the foreword for Taiwanese author Ta-wei Chi's most recent short story collection, Fetish (Lianwupi, Taipei, 1998). Her anthology of ten of her own translations with critical Introduction, entitled Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan, is forthcoming with Hawai'i University Press, and her translations of Taiwanese fiction have also appeared in Positions and antiTHESIS. She is currently co-editing a collection with Chris Berry and Audrey Yue entitled Mobile Cultures: New Media and Queer Asia. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies for a thesis entitled 'Situating Sexuality: Queer Narratives in 1990s Taiwanese Fiction and Film' in 2000, and currently lectures in the Cultural Studies program at the University of Melbourne.

Malcolm W. Mintz received his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Hawaii where he also minored in Southeast Asian Studies. Subsequently he spent three years teaching Linguistics at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang and, until recently, was employed at Murdoch University where he developed and coordinated a program of Malay and Indonesian language. Currently Malcolm Mintz is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. He has also taught in the United States, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Malcolm's research interests have covered areas such as second language acquisition, Philippine languages, in particular Bikol, and Malay and Indonesian. He has also written a set of six text books for the teaching of Malay and Indonesian language. Detailed information on this series of texts can be obtained by from his website. His current research project is the translation of the 400 year old Bikol- Spanish dictionary, Vocabulario de la lengua Bicol.

Tim Wright teaches Chinese Studies in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Coal mining in China's economy and society 1895-1937 (Cambridge University Press, 1984), and editor of The Chinese economy in the early twentieth century: Recent Chinese Studies (Macmillan, 1992) and of (Sow-Theng Leong author), Migration and ethnicity in Chinese history: Hakkas, Pengmin and their neighbours (Stanford University Press, 1997). His research interests are China's modern socio-economic history, business history, and the political economy of contemporary China. He is currently working on economic reform in the contemporary Chinese coal industry and on the impact of the 1930s world depression on China.

Audrey Yue is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at The University of Melbourne. She is the author of Preposterous Hong Kong Cinema 1984-1997 (forthcoming) and her essays on diaspora cultures, queer theory and Hong Kong cinema appear in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Journal of Australian Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, Meanjin, New Formations, Multicultural Queer (Haworth Press, 1999), Floating Lives: The Media and Asian Diasporas (University of Queensland Press, 1999) and The Horror Reader (Routledge, 2000). She is currently co-editing a volume Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia (Duke UP, forthcoming) with Fran Martin and Chris Berry, as well as researching on sexual politics and cultural identities in transnational New Asia.


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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