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Preserve the Asia Collection at the National Library of Australia

Statement of AMSEAS concerning the National Library of Australia Asia Collection The Association of Mainland Southeast Asian Studies (AMSEAS) Council and its members are deeply concerned at the news that the National Library of Australia (NLA) is closing its Asian Collections Reading Room and may be considering ceasing its future acquisitions of works on mainland Southeast Asia. AMSEAS is evidence of the fact that there is a large and growing community of around 400 hundred scholars in universities around Australia working on mainland Southeast Asia research. Since the opening up of Myanmar in 2011, there has been a boom in Burma/Myanmar Studies in Australia. The opening up of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam since the 1990s has led to a similar increase in teaching and research on these countries in Australia. Thailand has a longer history of openness and consequently one of the largest numbers of academics and postgraduate students working on that country. Another important gr

ASAA Statement on National Library of Australia

In light of recent news that the ASAA is closing its Asia Studies reading room and is reviewing its collection strategy for the Asian collection, the ASAA issued this statement to its members: Many of you will have heard that the National Library of Australia has initiated a review of its collecting strategy, which might lead to a severe curtailment – or even cessation altogether – of collecting from Asian countries (excepting China and Indonesia, which the library has said will be quarantined). This is potentially a significant blow to Asian Studies in Australia. At our AGM on 22 November 2019, the Association passed the following motion: “The ASAA notes with concern reports that the National Library of Australia will be reviewing its collecting strategy, and may significantly reduce its collecting from Asian countries, except Indonesia and China. The ASAA notes that the Asian collections of the  NLA  – including on Japan, Korea and mainland Southeast Asia – are among the st

New article: States of Legal Denial

My article on How the State in Myanmar Uses Law to Exclude the Rohingya , is now out outline with Journal of Contemporary Asia. This comes as protests are set to occur in Myanmar on 10 December in support of Daw Suu and her position on the Rohingya. The We Stand with You campaign comes in advance of the case on 12 December brought by The Gambia at the International Court of Justice, on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The We Stand with Daw Suu campaign began in 2017 when Daw Suu defended her position on the Rohingya to the United Nations General Assembly. My article examines these strategies of denial and in particular identifies how law is used to enact a state of denial. The abstract of the article is as follows: States often use forms of denial to suppress the pain and suffering of minority groups. In 2015, the international community celebrated the electoral success of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar. Yet through legislative reform, the Rohing