New IAS/Springer ‘Asia In Transition’ Volume on China English in World Englishes

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume in the IAS/Springer – ‘Asia in Transition’ Series: China English in World Englishes by Paul Deyuan He. Abstract: This book fills the gap in World Englishes studies in terms of the pedagogic implication of China English and its use in the Chinese workplace.Using three triangulated methods, namely, questionnaire survey, matched-guise technique, and focused interview, the book adopts an innovative research methodology that combines quantitative and qualitative data from 3,493 participants.Overall, the participants still believe that the standardized Englishes…

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Webinar on Vietnamese and International Scholarship

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) presented a webinar on 20 September 2020 on “Việt Origins in Vietnamese and International Scholarship: Unequal Knowledge in the Global Age” as part of “The Vietnam Studies Research Snapshot (VSRS) Webinar Series.”The VSRS Webinar Series seeks “to foster a global network of Vietnam Studies scholars and students from within and outside Vietnam. . . to connect generations of Vietnam Studies researchers across thematic and disciplinary groups through intellectual debates, networking activities, and mutual support.”See below for the abstract of Dr. Kelley’s webinar.For…

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New Paper on the Persistence of Gula Anau in Bruneian Foodways

F. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD), has just published a new article on “Persistence of the Salty-Sweet Nipah Sugar in the Popular Foodways of Brunei Darussalam.”Co-authored with Nurzahidah Bakar and published in the Journal of Ethnobiology, the paper examines the position of gula anau, a sweetener obtained from the mangrove palm nipah (Nypa fruticans), in the popular foodways of contemporary Brunei.Important as a “famine food” during the period of Japanese occupation during World War II, gula anau continues to sweeten drinks traditional snacks, known as…

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IAS Working Paper on Mutalism Between Humans and Palms

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 59: Mutualism between Humans and Palms: The Curious Case of the Palmyra Palm (Borassus flabellifer L.), and its Tapper by F. Merlin Franco, Godson Samuel, and T. Francis. Please see below for details. Abstract: Borassus flabellifer L., is a semi-domesticated palm of cultural and economic importance to local communities from the Persian Gulf to the Cambodian- Vietnamese border. Drawing from a qualitative study conducted in Southern India, we bring out its biocultural significance to the local people, and the mutualistic…

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Kelley Appointed Co-Editor of New Journal

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley has been appointed co-editor of China and Asia: A Journal in Historical Studies (CAHS).Founded by Professor Han Xiaorong of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CAHS is a peer-reviewed English-language forum for historical research on relations between China and other regions of Asia during both the pre-modern and modern periods. Its purpose is to promote communication and exchange among the global Asian studies community, especially among scholars based in Asian countries. CAHS publishes manuscripts focusing on the political, economic, social, and cultural interactions between China and other parts of Asia, as well as studies covering a…

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King Co-Edits Volume on Indigenous Amazonia

Victor T. King, Professor of Borneo Studies at the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is well known for engaging in a wide range of research topics, from the anthropology of Borneo to tourism and heritage in Southeast Asia. However, he has now extended his intellectual interests far beyond Southeast Asia. . . all the way to the Amazon!In particular, Professor King has co-edited a volume on Indigenous Amazonia, Regional Development and Territorial Dynamics (Springer 2020) together with Walter Leal Filho (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences) and Ismar Borges de Lima (State University of Roraima).This…

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IAS Working Paper on Anthropological Reflections on a Malay Fishing Village

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 58: The Anthropology of Remembering and Memory as Ethnography: Reflections on a Fishing Village and Firth’s Malay Fishermen by Zawawi Ibrahim. Please see below for details. Abstract: The Malay peasantry in peninsular Malaysia has been the subject of fieldwork and ethnographic research by both colonial and local anthropologists. Raymond Firth’s Malay Fishermen, based on fieldwork in Perupok, a fishing community in Kelantan, stands as an early and now-classic example of the genre. I was born some seven years after Firth’s…

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New Article on Asian Studies in the West and in Asia

Associate Professor Liam C. Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) has recently published an article in the journal Research in Comparative and International Education (RICE) entitled “The Decline of Asian Studies in the West and the Rise of Knowledge Production in Asia: An Autoethnographic Reflection on Mobility, Knowledge Production, and Academic Discourses.”This article was a contribution to a special issue of RICE on “Transnationally-trained Scholars Working in Global Contexts: Knowledge Production, Identity, Epistemology, and Career Trajectories” that was edited by Senior Profsesor Phan Le Ha (SHIBIE, UBD) and Rommel Curaming (FASS, UBD),…

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