Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context
Issue 8, October 2002

Contributors to Intersections

Deconstructing Popular and Diasporic Images

Barbara Watson Andaya was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip.Ed), the University of Hawai'i (MA) and Cornell University (Ph.D.) She has taught and researched in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, England and New Zealand. A historian by training, she teaches all Southeast Asia, but her interest is the western Malay-Indonesia archipelago, on which she has published extensively. In 2000 she received a Guggenheim Award to work on her current project, a history of gender in Southeast Asia in the early modern period. Recent publications include an edited collection, Other Pasts: Women, Gender and History in Early Modern Southeast Asia (Honolulu: Center for Southeast Asia Studies, 2000), and 'Localising the Universal: Women, Motherhood and the Appeal of Early Theravada Buddhism,' in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 33, 1 (February, 2002): 1-30. She is currently Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i.

Chris Berry is Associate Professor of Film Studies and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a range of articles on Chinese cinema, and on Asian queer cinema in particular.

Carolyn Brewer teaches in the School of Asian Studies at Murdoch University. Her primary research interests focus on the impact of religion in the construction of gender. As well as collaborating with Anne-Marie Medcalf in the editing of Researching the Fragments: Histories of Women in the Asian Context, Quezon City: New Day, 2001 and in the on-going editing, production and development of the Intersections electronic journal, Carolyn's publications include Holy Confrontation: Religion, Gender and Sexuality in the Philippines 1521-1685 (Manila: Institute of Women's Studies 2001 and Burlington: Ashgate, forthcoming 2003).

LeeRay M. Costa is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Her Ph.D. dissertation (2001) is entitled 'Developing Identities: The Production of Culture, Gender and Modernity in a Northern Thai Non-governmental Organization.' LeeRay has conducted research among women's organisations and activists in Thailand and has worked for the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development in Chiang Mai. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, women and social movements, critical theories of development, NGOS, and globalisation.

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is senior lecturer in media and communications at The University of Melbourne. Her publications include: Public Secrets, Public Spaces: Cinema and Civility in China (2000), The State of China Atlas (1999), The Global Media Atlas (2002), Media in China: Cointent, Consumption and Crisis (2002). She is currently working on cinema and advertising, and also researching a book on children's film in the PRC.

Philippine-born, American-raised, and British-educated, Grace Ebron became interested in the Filipina diaspora in Europe whilst working on a doctoral degree in postcolonial literature at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. She now resides in Northern California where she juggles a career in academic publishing whilst teaching English composition and literature.

Arianne Gaetano is a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Her research area is East Asia and specifically mainland China, where she has spent over six years teaching, studying, and conducting research. She is interested in society and politics of post-1949 China; gender relations and the women's movement; migration and cultural identity; feminist theory and ethnography; and modern Chinese language. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork among young rural migrant women working in Beijing's service sector during 1999-2000, and is currently completing her dissertation, which analyses the construction of identity and agency of this new category of peasant-worker in post-Mao China.

Lyn Jacobs is Associate Professor in Australian Literature and Australian Studies at the Flinders University where she has taught English since 1979 and lectured since 1988. Recent publications include: Against the Grain: Beverley Farmer's Writing, UQP, Studies in Australian Literature, 2001; A Bibliography of Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' 1788-2000, with A. Chittleborough and G. Worby, Austlit Electronic Gateway, 2002; Soundings: Poetry and Poetics, co-edited with J. Kroll, 1998. Lyn's reviews and articles on contemporary Australian fiction, Australian poetry, Australian women's writing and Australian Studies have been published nationally and internationally.

Stephanie Lawson is Professor of International Relations and Director of European and International Studies in the School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Before taking up her present position she was a Fellow in the Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. From 1994 to 1998, she edited the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Her present research interests, which deal with issues concerning culture, nationalism, and democracy, combine comparative and normative approaches to the study of world politics. She is the author of many book chapters and articles dealing with these issues in the Asia-Pacific region including Tradition Versus Democracy in the South Pacific: Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa (Cambridge University Press 1996). Her most recent book is an edited collection, The New Agenda For International Relations: From Polarization to Globalization in World Politics? (Polity Press, 2002).

Sandra Lyne is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests include Orientalism and representations of Asian femininity in the media and contemporary fiction. Other interests include nineteenth century European/Asian history and Western masquerade of Asians in opera of that era. This latter interest forms the basis of a book chapter to be published in 2003, by Rhodes University. Sandra has also had work published in CRNLE Journal.

Alec McHoul is Professor of Communication Studies at Murdoch University. He has published in the areas of discourse analysis, cultural theory, literary studies and technology. His most recent books include Semiotic Investigations: Towards an Effective Semiotics (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press 1996), Popular Culture and Everyday Life (London: Sage, 1998; with Toby Miller) and an edited collection, How to Analyse Talk in Institutional Settings A Casebook of Methods (London and New York: Continuum, 2001; with Mark Rapley). His current research project involves a reconsideration of the meaning of the concept of culture.

Mark McLelland is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan (Curzon 2000) and the co-editor of Japanese Cybercultures Routledge 2003). His current work focuses on the intersections between gender, sexuality and new technologies in Japan and beyond and his papers have appeared in such online journals as Intersections, issue 3 and issue 4; The Journal of Cult Media; Mots Pluriels; and the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies. He has also published in conventional hard-to-find and laborious-to-copy print journals such as The Journal of Gender Studies, Continuum, Convergence, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Culture Health & Sexuality and the International Journal of Sexuality & Gender Studies. His new book project Local Culture/Global Space: Japanese Minority Sexualities and the Internet is currently looking for a home.

After completing a BA in Graphic Design & Photography, Alastair McNaughton travelled the world, photographing indigenous people in Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia. For the last 12 years, he has been based in Fremantle, Western Australia, and has spent his time between overseas assignments and living in an Aboriginal community in the Western Desert of Western Australia.

Alastair's work has been widely published and exhibited in Australia and overseas, and has received many awards. His work was included in the Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition. He eats, lives and travels with the people he photographs to capture the right image. He believes, it is necessary to understand how people live, the problems that beset them, and their own picture of the world. As Alastair himself says: 'Once you understand someone's humour and can relate to them, they accept you and tend to forget that you're pointing a camera lens at them.'

Julie Matthews teaches courses in education, gender, identity and difference in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the newly established University of the Sunshine Coast. She has recently competed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. Her current research focuses on international education and secondary schooling and ongoing projects include diaspora and Asian femininities and Japanese war-brides. She is also in the process of co-editing a book on postcolonialism and education. Dr Matthews is an experienced high school teacher, and has taught Social Studies, Sociology, World Studies, Integrated Humanities and English as a Second Language.

Andrew Matzner is a lecturer in Women's Studies at Hollins University, and in Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin College. He is also a graduate student in the School of Social Work at Radford University, Virginia. Andrew is the author of the book, 'O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawaii's Mahu and Transgender Communities (Xlibris, 2001), and of numerous articles about transgenderism and gay/lesbian issues in Thailand.

Michael Stein is a Ph.D. candidate within the Asian Studies division of Murdoch University. His research is focussed on the representation of nationhood and identity within Chinese cinema. Other areas of interests include Asian cinema and culture, gender and transnationality.

Sam Winter worked in special education for many years, first as a teacher and an educational psychologist in England, then as a university academic in Hong Kong. For the last three years he has been researching transgender, with particular reference to Asia. His current research is into the connections between gender-trait stereotyping and transgendered self-concept, as well as into transgenders' life histories, beliefs and attitudes. He is Director of the TransgenderASIA research centre, whose aim it is to encourage research, education and social action for transgenders in Asia.


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