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.
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.
The Journal of South Asian women studies is an online journal, available in full text to subscribers only. Quite lengthy abstracts are offered to all users who visit the website. One collection of articles from the publications first six issues is available to purchase. The journal is published by the Asiatica Association. It aims to further debate and discussion on a broad range of subjects across the arts and humanities and how they relate to women. The journal includes articles, reviews and news. Publication is irregular - there are often quite lengthy gaps between issues (and there have been three years since the last issue). This is quite an important publication, which makes it agreater shame that it is not available to all for free.
This is the website for the Kali theatre based in London. Kali encourages, develops and presents new theatre writing by Asian women. “Of all the new plays by British Asian woman playwrights presented since 1988 in the UK, nearly a third have been presented by Kali”. The website contains further information about the aims and artistic policy of the company. There is an events diary with details of current and future productions. Writer support includes details of the Kali Shorts and Kali Futures programmes which encourage the creation of new work through workshops, dramaturgical support and public readings. Recent productions contains images and details of past productions. There is a list of Kali writers with biographical and literary information.