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.

» read more

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.

» read more

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.

» read more

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.

Hard lessons in soft power

10
likes
Increasingly Asian states are investing in public diplomacy, through Facebook, Twitter, traditional media and academic and cultural exchanges, to build “soft power”.

An Australian suffragette goes to Korea

2
likes
Belle Menzies’ life as a suffragist and foreign missionary helped to shape modern womanhood.

Just how Chinese is Chinese philosophy?

1
likes
Chinese philosophy is conventionally presented as a system that exported ideas to neighbouring cultures. But what if it was an importer of ideas as well?

Killers flaunt atrocities on film

1
likes
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).

The sustainability of creativity?

1
likes
Across South Asia, members of hereditary artisan communities trace descent from the Hindu deity Vishwakarma, ‘Universe Maker.’ Might such enduring stories carry insights to sustain creativity?

Whose rule of law in Muslim Mindanao?

2
likes
The Philippines is an Asian rule of law success story. But the real test comes in 2013-14, when the Acquino administration finalises a peace settlement with separatists in Mindanao.

Sanskrit is dead? Not by a long shot

3
likes
Picture a crowd of up to 20,000 people sitting entranced for seven days by stories of the deity Krishna. And the source of such captivation? Sanskrit.

Towards truly sustainable cities

1
likes
Exempting existing buildings from regulatory changes allows for a major weak link in achieving truly sustainable cities.

Indian religion: encountering new worlds

1
likes
What happened when a nineteenth-century Jain monk met a Christian missionary? Thanks to a unique Hindi manuscript, we know the answer.

Deputy vice-chancellors have their uses

3
likes
Multinational pharmaceutical corporations with a 'Vice President Responsible for Going to Jail'.

Pages

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