Promoting Collaboration with Scholars in Latin America

Dr. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD), recently presented a paper for the International Online Conference on Ethnobiology (Conferência Internacional Online de Etnobiologia) organized by Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa (UFPB) in Brazil.Dr. Franco’s presentation was on “Exploring opportunities for collaboration between ethnobiologists from Latin America and Southeast Asia.”Given the similarities between the tropical rainforest ecosystems of Latin America and Southeast Asia, there is indeed much that scholars can collaborate on, and in his talk Dr. Franco highlighted ways to do this. The participants of…

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Carnegie on Ethnic Plurality and State Formation in Indonesia

Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie of the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has just published a new chapter on “National Imaginary, Ethnic Plurality, and State Formation in Indonesia” in The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity.This chapter appears with 14 others in a section on Ethno-nationalism and Power that Dr. Carnegie edited for this 3-volume work.Please see below for an abstract of the chapter by Dr. Carnegie.Carnegie P.J. (2019) National Imaginary, Ethnic Plurality, and State Formation in Indonesia. In: Ratuva S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2898-5_165AbstractIndonesia is a vast and diverse…

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IAS Publishes 60th Working Paper – Chinese Studies in Southeast Asia

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 60: From Periphery to Center to Periphery: Chinese Studies in Southeast Asia, 1960-2000 by Tong Chee Kiong and Lee Cheuk Yin. Please see below for details. Abstract: This paper examines the contribution of overseas scholars to Chinese studies. Given that eighty percent of the Chinese diaspora are located in Southeast Asia, it pays particular attention to social science scholarship in the region. The work of scholars in religion and ethnicity are highlighted. The authors argue that the rise of China…

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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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