Diaspora as method: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and the Asian Australian Studies Research Network
ABSTRACT What is the place of the diasporas within the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies movement, and how can Asian diasporas in the West contribute to Inter-Asia’s intellectual project of “problematizing Asia”? Developing a notion of diaspora as method, this essay highlights the complementary relationship between the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies network. It argues that the Inter-Asia network has much to gain from embracing the Asian Australian diaspora as an interlocutor with shared priorities and concerns, and that Asian Australian studies can also productively learn from Inter-Asia’s alternative model of institutionalisation, thereby expanding its theoretical and methodological frames of reference.
KEYWORDS: Diaspora; Asian Australian Studies Research Network; Inter-Asia Cultural Studies; institutionalisation; method
Notes on contributor
Olivia Khoo is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, Australia. She is the author of The Chinese Exotic: Modern Diasporic Femininity (Hong Kong University Press, 2007), and co-author (with Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue) of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (Lexington, 2013).