successful workshop on Multiculturalism and ‘Asia’

Multiculturalism and “Asia”

International workshop


Monash Asia Institute and Sociology, School of Political & Social Inquiry

Monash University

21-22 Nov 2013 


Monash Asia Institute together with Sociology at the School of Political and Social Inquiry  hosted an international workshop of ‘Multiculturalism and “Asia”’ at Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 21 and 22 November 2013, coordinated by Anita Harris and Koichi Iwabuchi. 

The workshop had the purpose of broadening and reconsidering the studies of multiculturalism and multicultural questions, which have been developed mostly in Western contexts by examining Asian experiences. While we have witnessed the decline or demise of multiculturalism in many Western countries in the last decade, the discussion of multiculturalism has been capturing more attention in Asian (especially East Asian) countries. It is thus significant for anyone concerned with multiculturalism to make a serious investigation into this emerging phenomenon.

By “Asian” experiences, we do not just mean those of Asian countries. We  also examined the experiences of migrants/diasporas of Asian backgrounds in Asian regions including Australia and reconsidered multicultural issues beyond the hitherto dominant framework of the nation-state. Transnational connections and affiliations fostered by Asian migrants/diasporas were examined in terms of their implications for multicultural questions in the local context. We  also considered how shifting international relations of “home” and host countries affects their sense of belonging and membership in the host countries, as well as the interplay between transnational and local/city affiliations.

Thank you to all of our speakers, who included Ien Ang (University of Western Sydney), Kim Hyun Mee (Yonsei University), Hsiao-Chuan Hsia (Shih Hsin University), Yuko Kawai (Rikkyo Univeristy), Fran Martin (Melbourne University). We look forward to follow up events and posting information about forthcoming proceedings shortly.

 You can find more details of the workshop at the webpage of Monash Asia Institute: