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.

Death and dissolution in the Pacific

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Pacific funerary rites complete the dissolution of social ties so that new life and new social relations can begin.

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.

High stakes of Korea's Human Treasures

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In South Korea, the system of appointing Human Treasures in the traditional performing arts scene has led to cut-throat competition.

The Dongson boat burial

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In 2004, during joint Australian-Vietnamese excavations of the site of Dong Xa, we unearthed a Bronze Age boat-coffin belonging to the Dongson culture.

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.

Japan: environmentalism with global reach

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Historians are only beginning to appreciate the contribution of Asia Pacific activists to modern environmentalism.

Finding justice in transitional justice

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War crimes trials of more than 5,600 Japanese soldiers after the Second World War were a landmark in establishing the notion of war crimes in international law.

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.

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.

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