Knowledge sharing through Asian Australian studies

The Asian Australian Studies Research Network will present its biennial identities conference as part of this year’s OzAsia festival.
asian australian. image is a graphic of two silhouetted heads with the tops opening like trapdoors, one with a small ladder leading up to it and the one on hte left with myriad ideas and a small woman holding a lightbulb bursting out and following the arrows to the other head in an illustration of knowledge sharing.

Diasporic identities embody complex narratives that are multilayered and nuanced – there are as many differences as there are similarities between individuals and communities. Founded in 2006, the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) was born out of the need to gather, platform and knowledge share across the academic field, but also to work with communities to explore what it means to be Australian Australian.

AASRN Chair and one of its four co-Founders, Olivia Khoo tells ArtsHub: ‘At the time, Asian Australian studies wasn’t very well-institutionalised, in the way that Asian American studies was, for example. AASRN was a way of connecting scholars around Australia who were doing work that was still quite emergent.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_