Research

Was the first orangutan a cretin?

When Western observers first encountered a red ape from Indonesia in the 17th century, they named it 'orangutan', from Malay words meaning 'person of the forest'. Yet Malays never used this term.

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Rethinking economy and democratisation

It’s usually stated as fact that economic growth leads to democratisation. However when we consider democratisation as a strategic outcome, the opposite is true.

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The difficult position of 'yoga fiction'

As 'yoga fiction' floods the literary marketplace, it changes the way we think about one of India’s most popular cultural exports, paradoxically making India both more and less visible.

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Asia Pacific ideas

Our College has some big thinkers and some big ideas about Asia and the Pacific. Below you’ll find a selection of some our most remarkable findings. It’s a tasty selection of ideas to get you thinking... and exploring, commenting on and sharing.

Peace no relief for Timorese women

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Timorese women fought and suffered for independence from Indonesian occupation, but that suffering didn’t end when formal peace was achieved.

Islamic art goes Asian

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Contemporary artists are bringing an Asian or multicultural look to Islamic art in order to assert their identity in an increasingly cosmopolitan and global art world.

Telling The China Story

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Strong unified states, and their opponents, often project national narratives in terms of historical destiny.

China: globalising or nationalising?

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The popular image of “modern” China emphasises how the country is globalising. But this emphasis masks the importance of nation-building.

Will climate change alter IP policy?

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The current valuing of traditional knowledge to cope with the effects of climate change may be the catalyst for more indigenous intellectual property policies being adopted.

Under control? Chernobyl and Fukushima

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While there are undeniable differences between late capitalist Japan and the Soviet Union, the techniques to conceal the public health risks of radiation are disturbingly familiar.

Peace with a price tag

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In the India-Myanmar borderlands, governments seek to buy peace from rebellious ethnic groups.

China: there goes the neighbourhood

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In China, middle-class homeowners engage in ubiquitous ‘not-in-my-back-yard’ (NIMBY) neighbourhood disputes that replicate the political and social practices of the country’s regime.

Are we trading women's rights for peace?

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In Afghanistan, human rights advocates speak of women’s rights being ‘traded away’.

Japan: citizen science vs nuclear crisis

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Fukushima’s ordinary citizens are taking science into their own hands, helping to unravel mysteries that experts failed to solve.

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China's new borders

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The story of China's struggles is told in the constantly changing borders of the region’s historical maps.

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Killers flaunt atrocities on film

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The study of the 1965-1966 massacres in Indonesia can never be the same again following the release of the film The Act of Killing (2012).

Deputy vice-chancellors have their uses

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Multinational pharmaceutical corporations with a 'Vice President Responsible for Going to Jail'.

Nuclear war can't be controlled

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Command and Control systems can't be relied upon to prevent an all-out nuclear exchange.

Finding holes in the social safety net

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Where there’s high economic growth and widespread under-nutrition we can’t assume that the implementation of workfare programs will actually improve nutrition.

G20 SOS: seeking urgent PR makeover

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As Australia prepares to host the G20 leaders in 2014, questions remain over the effectiveness of the organisation.

The Army's post-Vietnam rehabilitation

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The Vietnam War constrained successive governments’ willingness to employ the Australian Army abroad but gradually, the Army regained government’s confidence.

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Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team