Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context
Issue 5, May 2001

Contributors to Intersections: Issue 5

Chilla Bulbeck holds the remaining named chair of women's studies in Australia, at Adelaide University's Department of Social Inquiry where she teaches gender studies and social science subjects. She has published widely on issues of gender and difference, including Re-Orienting Western Feminisms: Women's Diversity in a Post-Colonial World (1998) Cambridge University Press, Living Feminism: The Impact of the Women's Movement on Three Generations of Australian Women (1997) Cambridge University Press, Australian Women in Papua New Guinea: Colonial Passages 1920-1960 (1992) Cambridge University Press. Chilla's current research extends her interest in cross-cultural comparisons to the case of midlife women.

Sabdha Charlton is a Master's candidate in the English and Cultural Studies Department at the University of Melbourne. She is currently writing a dissertation on the consumption of Japanese anime (animated films) and manga (comics) by Western lesbian fans, including a consideration of the internet as a tool both for fans and ethnographers. This topic is particularly suitable for Sabdha as it allows her to consume Japanese culture herself, spend lots of time on-line, and think critically; three of her favourite pastimes.

Helen Creese is Coordinator of the Research Concentration in Asian Identities in the Faculty of Arts University of Queensland, and Senior Lecturer in Indonesian in the Department of Asian Languages and Studies, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies. Her research is concentrated on Bali, covering broad themes in history and literature. She is particularly interested in the historical formation of Balinese regional identities in Indonesia and in gender identity in Bali. Her most recent publications include 'Inside the Inner Court: The World of Women in Balinese Kidung Poetry,' in Barbara Andaya, Other Pasts: Women, Gender and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i (2000) and 'Balinese television histories: broadcasting historical discourses in late New Order Indonesia,' Rima 34, 1 (2000). Her present research interests focus on two major projects, a study of women in the Hinduised courts of Java and Bali and a literary history of Bali.

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, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Japanese Studies, New Left Review, and Women's Studies International Forum. Her article, 'The Metropolitan Gaze: Travellers, Bodies and Spaces' appears in Intersections,issue 4, 2000.

Andrew Matzner, is an independent researcher and freelance writer. His area of interest is gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on Thailand. Andrew is a contributing editor of Transgender Tapestry magazine, and has written articles for publications such as the Bangkok Post, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Off Our Backs, and the International Journal of Comic Art. He is also the author of 'O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawai'i's mahu and transgender communities (Xlibris, 2001).

Nathalie Nguyen, is Lecturer in French in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. She did her B.A.(Hons) at Melbourne University and then won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Oxford University, where she obtained her doctorate in 1994. She specialises in the field of Vietnamese Francophone literature and continues to carry out research in that area. In addition, she has begun to engage in research on Vietnamese women's autobiographies in both English and French. Her recent work includes an article in The French Review on The Tale of Kieu and its modern parallels in Printemps inachevé and she has contributed an essay on the writer Ly Thu Ho to the forthcoming Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue (Palgrave), edited by Jane Winston and Leakthina Ollier.

Sally Sargeson, is Deputy Director of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University. Her research focuses on the social effects of economic reform in China. Her 1999 study of working conditions and labour relations in joint-venture firms, Reworking China's Proletariat, was described as 'the best ethnography of factory work yet produced on the country'. More recently, she has written on changes in property rights regimes and housing construction in rural China. Dr Sargeson's edited book, Collective Goods, Collective Futures in East and Southeast Asia will be published by Routledge early in 2002.

Mandy Thomas, an anthropologist, is an ARC post-doctoral research fellow in the Institute of Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. Her 1999 book, Dreams in the Shadows: Vietnamese-Australian Lives in Transition, was based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork with Vietnamese communities in Sydney. She has also undertaken numerous research projects with garment industry workers in Sydney at the same time as she has been studying social and political change in Vietnam. She has published papers on various issues involving the analysis of cultural diversity in urban Australia including a related journal article on garment industry outworkers published in April 2001 in UTS Review ('Frontiers of Belonging: home-based garment industry workers and the nation-state'). She is presently working on the project GENERATE which focuses on the study of the popular culture of Middle Eastern and Asian youth in Sydney.

Beatrice Trefalt is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Newcastle, where she teaches subjects on Japan and China. Her research focuses on issues of public memory and commemoration of World War II in Japan, on the repatriation of Japanese citizens from former occupied territories between 1945 and 1975, and on the legacies of the Occupation period. She is writing a Ph.D. on the discovery and return of Japanese stragglers to post-war Japan, and the negotiation of their significance in a society increasingly distant from its experience of the war.

James Francis Warren is Professor of Southeast Asian Modern History at Murdoch University, having previously taught at the Australian National University, Yale University and Kyoto University. He has been a visiting Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, and has been awarded grants by the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Australia Research Council. His publications include: The North Borneo Chartered Company's Administration of the Bajau, 1878-1909 (1971); The Sulu Zone 1768-1898 the Dynamics of External Trade, Slavery and Ethnicity in the Transformation of a Southeast Asian Maritime State (1981); Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History of Singapore,1880-1940 (1986); At the Edge of Southeast Asian History (1987); Ah Ku and Karayuki-San Prostitution in Singapre, 1870-1940 (1993); The Sulu Zone, The World Capitalist Economy and the Historical Imagination (1998); and The Global Economy and the Sulu Zone: Connections, Commodities and Culture (2000).

Sandra Wilson is Senior Lecturer in the Japanese Studies Programme at Murdoch University. She is co-editor with David Wells of The Russo-Japanese War in Cultural Perspective, 1904-05 Macmillan, 1999), author of The Manchurian Crisis and Japanese Society, 1931-33 (Routledge, forthcoming 2001) and editor of Nation and Nationalism in Modern Japan (Curzon, forthcoming 2002).


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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