AsiaPacifiQueer is a collaboration between scholars from Australia and New Zealand who are researching queer cultures and peoples in the Asia-Pacific region. Its online resource reports on its conferences and workshops, introduces the main scholars in the field, and publishes calls for papers and conference announcements. From the main page of the website, users can access abstracts of past conference papers. Subjects include: queer cultures in Taiwan; the medicalisation of sexuality in contemporary Thailand; transgendered identities in post-war Japan; and Singapore's lesbian cultures and new media. The website features detailed biographies of key scholars in the field, along with their contact details. Although conference papers are not published in full, the detailed abstracts and conference programmes are an excellent source of information on current research for cultural studies and queer theory researchers in the Asian studies field. The resource would be of value to any scholar or postgraduate student with an interest in gender and sexuality in contemporary Asian cultures.
E-ASPAC is the annual electronic journal from the Pacific branch of the Association for Asian Studies. It publishes freely available, online articles covering historical, cultural, social and economic issues in East, South and Southeast Asia. From the main page, users can access the current issue (as of Autumn 2006), which features articles on: the cinema of Chinese director Zhang Yimou; South and Southeast Asian music; Edo period Japanese castaway narratives; and mobile phone culture in Japan. All articles appear in html format, and feature full endnotes and bibliographies. Users are also able to access past issues of the journal in full online, dating back to 2002. Articles of interest to humanities scholars cover: popular culture in post-war Japan; modern Chinese fiction; women in Tang China; and Tibetan philosophy.
The journal includes a search facility in the archives section, and publishes full details of its submission guidelines. It also features a gateway to the ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast) homepage, where users can find additional papers from ASPAC conferences reproduced online in full. The journal would be of value to any researcher, student or scholar with an interest in the potential of online publication in the field of Asian studies.
This is the website of the AHRC funded project 'In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Prophet: Sociality, Caring and the Religious Imagination In the Filipino Diaspora'. The Footsteps Project is a major two year research project funded within the AHRC Diaspora Programme, concerned with the experiences of Filipino carers living and working in the Middle East and the role that Filipino religious congregations play in creating sociality, community and social networks among fellow migrants, both local and transnational; the ways these facilitate relations with their hosts; how faith may empower women negotiating status and identity within and beyond the workplace.
The Internet Indian History Sourcebook consists of an annotated gateway to primary resources relating to Indian history from the ancient period to post-independence. Many of the resources are hosted locally, with those marked Web being external sites. The sourcebook has been compiled from the ancient history, medieval, and modern history sourcebooks compiled by Paul Halsall at Fordham University. The guide is conveniently divided into sections covering particular periods and themes. Texts and images hosted locally include: The Laws of Manu; The Bhagavad-Gita; King Bhartrihari's One Law There Is; sources on the Buddha's life and death; The Arthashastra; The Rock Edicts; Strabo's geography of India; the Indian section of Pliny's Natural History; sources concerning European contacts and colonialism; Robert Clive's The Battle of Plassey; Edmund Burke's Speech in Commons on India; Thomas Babington Macaulay's On Empire and Education; Monier Monier-Williams' Camp Life in India; Dadabhai Naoroji's The Benefits of British Rule; Elisa Greathed's Account of the Opening of the Indian Mutiny at Meerut; Robert Traill Spence Lowell's The Relief of Lucknow; Bal Gangadhar Tilak's address to the Indian national congress; Jawaharlal Nehru's Marxism, Capitalism and Non-Alignment; British Government statements; and the 1966 Declaration of Pakistan and India on Jammu and Kashmir. There is also a section on gender and sexuality. This is an extensive site that should be of use to students and scholars studying the history of South Asia and the Indian subcontinent. At the time of review (2010) the site hadn't been updated since 2007.
'Intersections: gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific' is a full-text refereed academic ejournal. At January 2009 there are 18 themed issues online. While some issues have a strongly ethnographic/sociological flavour, there are also many with themes such as: 'Deconstructing Popular and Diasporic Images'; 'Media and the Creation of New Japanese Women'; 'Images of Women'; and 'Cultural Translations, Cultural Appropriations: Spaces, Media and Performance', among others. Contents of an average issue usually include essays, commentaries, interviews, reviews of books and art exhibitions, and poetry. The journal has many articles likely to be of interest to historians and to those working in cultural studies. Example article titles include: 'Discussing Depictions of Male Homosexuality in Japanese Girls' Comics, Gay Comics and Gay Pornography'; 'A Short History of Hentai'; 'Performing Gender in Maoist Ballet'; 'Mediating the Modern: The Magazine Josei in 1920s Japan'; 'The Fetishisation of Japanese Women in Western Fiction, 1890s-1990s'; and ''I'm Your Venus'/'You're a Rake': Gender and the Grand Narrative in Japanese Television Advertising', among others. Arcticles are also listed by geography. The website has details of the editor, Board of Management, and Advisory Board, together with details of submissions and calls for papers. The website also contains filmographies and a selected bibliography.
Intersections (ISSN 1440-9151) is a peer reviewed electronic journal from Murdoch University, Australia, which explores gender studies in an Asian context. Each issue (from 1998) features an articles section along with book reviews and occasional film reviews. Special issues cover themes such as: women's stories from Indonesia; spaces, media and performance; queer culture in Asia; Japan past and present; queer Japan; crime, punishment and violence; and globalisation and culture. Articles are presented in HTML format, with no need to download, and feature hyperlinked footnotes and email links to their authors. Individual articles of interest to humanities scholars include: gender and jiefang (liberation) in early CCP discourse; naming and resisting gayness in contemporary Thailand; the fetishisation of Japanese women in Western fiction; and gender in Japanese television advertising. Each edition of Intersections includes a link to a call for papers for future themed editions. Intersections would be of interest to any scholar or student with an interest in gender in contemporary Asia, especially in areas seldom covered by mainstream academic print literature.