Asian Studies Program
In the Asian Century, the task of understanding the region is vital to the future. Obtaining insight into Asia relies on gaining a foundation in the major civilizational traditions, as well as in the issues of contemporary culture and society. The Asian Studies program, taught by members of the departments of Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, Indian Subcontinental and Buddhist Studies, introduces and identifes major cultural, historical, social and political trends and issues: ethnicity and the movement of peoples; the major religions and belief systems; the economic and political relationships between Asia and other parts of the world; major political and social developments and movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and their effects, such as nationalism, revolution, military rule and democracy; and popular culture, including topics such as manga and K-Pop.
Dr Baoping Li, ARC Future Fellow in the Asian Studies progam, is a key founding editorial board member of a new journal on Chinese ceramics being launched by Peking (Beijing) University.
Dr Damian Evans of the Asian Studies Program is director of the University of Sydney's archaeology research centre in Cambodia, which has recently played a key role in the discovery of a lost mediaeval city. Using an instrument called Lidar attached to a helicopter, researchers were able to identify two dozen previously unrecorded temples that had been hidden by jungle for 1200 years just north of the Angkor Wat complex.