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Colours of Japan, image courtesy of Yiannis Theologos Michellis

Is racial purity a predeterminant of beauty?

On 5 September, Priyanka Yoshikawa – born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and Indian father – was selected to represent her country as Miss World Japan 2016.

Image courtesy of Yu-Hua Chen

Why Taiwan? China’s Search for Buffers

Since the new Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen took office this May, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has not changed its Taiwan policy in any substantial way.

Refugees at Röszke, Photo courtesy of Sandor Csudai (flickr)

Rethinking the Cultural Politics of Globalisation: Where Do We Go from Here?

In the days following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, the same questions appeared repeatedly in the newspaper headlines and media debates: ‘What now?’ ‘What do we d

(L-R) Peter Hendricks, Carol Hayes

ANU scholars awarded Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendations

Dr Carol Hayes, Deputy Director of ANU Japan Institute, and Dr Peter Hendriks, ANU Deputy Dean of Students, have recently been awarded the

Kiribati National Archives. Photo courtesy of Kylie Moloney

Strengthening Kiribati National Library and Archive

Kylie Moloney from the ANU Pacific Manuscripts Bureau recently travelled to Kiribati to undertake a strengthening project at the Kiribati National Library and Archive.

Up to 90 per cent of the world's electronic waste is illegally dumped in India. Image: WedlockPictures, Flickr.

India becoming the ‘world’s dumping ground’ for e-waste

A lack of regulation and increasing 'throw away' culture in India has led to the country becoming the world's biggest dumping ground for discarded electronic goods, a conference at The Australian N

Paranjoy Guha

Q&A with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

This week The Australian National University (ANU) welcomes high-profile environmental experts from across the Asia-Pacific region for a conference exploring the relationship between global issues

Researchers have unearthed a 37,000-year-old decorative shell bead on the eastern tip of East Timor. Image: Dr Michelle Langley, ANU.

ANU archaeologists unearth South East Asia’s earliest ornaments

Archaeologists at The Australian National University (ANU) have unearthed a 37,000-year-old decorative shell bead on the eastern tip of East Timor, providing further evidence that the first modern

New ANU research will look at explore the history of the Northern Territory’s buffalo-shooting industry. Image: Chadica, Flickr.

Recognising aboriginal women in NT buffalo history

New research at The Australian National University (ANU) will explore the history of the Northern Territory's (NT) buffalo-shooting industry and the particular role of Aboriginal women in the indus

 Even today, women in Kumaon provide nearly all the agricultural and domestic labour. Image: Mark Jones, ANU.

Slavery of women in Indian Kumaon region explored at ASAA Conference

The history of female slavery in the Indian Himalayan region of Kumaon, where women were once described as being "more valuable than cattle for agricultural labours", has been explored at the Asian


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