President : Richard Phillips
Dept of History
Univ. of Auckland

Secretary : Mike Roberts
Dept of East Asian Studies
Univ. of Waikato

Treasurer : Duncan Campbell
Dept of East Asian Languages
Victoria University

Publicity Officer: Henry Johnson
Dept of Music
Univ. of Otago


Newsletter No. 7 (March 2001)


Published by the New Zealand Asian Studies Society



News and Reports




Chinese Centre


New Zealand China Scholars and the Chinese Studies Association of Australia


"Reflections on recent visits to China"


Review Books, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies


New Books by NZASIA Members


Conference Announcements


14th NZASIA International Conference 2001


European Philippine Studies Conference


Reminder: NZASIA Membership Subscriptions

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 1. News and Reports

1.1 Scholarship. The University of Canterbury, Department of History is seeking two postgraduate students to pursue an MA degree in Chinese history is conjunction with a project sponsored by the Marsden Fund. The successful candidates will have a BA in history or Asian languages with a focus on Chinese history and an advanced knowledge of Chinese language. The course of study will include tuition in Manchu and Mongolian language (otpional) and the completion of a thesis on a subject related to the military history of premodern China. The students will also be asked to participate in activities related to the main project. The scholarship is in the amount of $8,000 p.a. The course of study will begin as soon as the candidates are selected. To apply, simply send a cv and covering letter to Nicola Di Cosmo, History Department, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch. Email:

1.2 Chinese Centre, Auckland University of Technology. Auckland AUT's Chinese Centre, located in rooms WH503 Level 5 of WH Building is being extended to accommodate more people between 8th February and 2nd March. This means that functions and activities related to the Chinese Centre will have more good quality space by early March. In March we will have available 2 online computers with Chinese characters. We hope this will be of benefit for many of AUT's Chinese speakers to access, as well as AUT's students who are learners of Chinese. We plan to get television and video facilities during the year, and will explore the possibilities of linking this to the Chinese television system. We have a modest selection of books and magazines and are endeavouring to build those up, (with assistance from the Chinese Consulate) as resources permit. We will be letting people know the times when the Chinese centre can be accessed once the renovations have been completed, including a Chinese speaker being available on a daily basis. We are expecting a visiting scholar to AUT, through the Chiang-Kua Foundation (Taiwan) this is in association with Te Ara Poutama the Tate Laboratories (Faculty of Business), the AUT Foundation and with the Centre for International Developments. This visiting scholar will give some sessions in the Chinese Centre during the scholar's time in Auckland.

Semester One and Two Evening Lecture Series
We have now confirmed a list of impressive speakers for both semesters in the Chinese Centre. The details are:

Wednesday 7th March 2001
Sir Paul Reeves, former Governor General of NZ and currently Professor at AUT: 'Reflections on Recent Visits to China'.

Wednesday 4th April 2001
Dr Bhavani Paul Raj, Specialist in South and Southeast Asian Studies (Madras University) and guest lecturer in the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology: 'The Feminist Movement in China'.

Wednesday 2nd May 2001
Dr Manying Ip senior lecturer in Chinese, University of Auckland: 'Maori-Chinese Encounters: the interaction of the indigenous and the immigrant.'

Wednesday 6th June 2001
Mr Jonathan Watt, former Trade Commissioner to China, currently Senior Marketing Manager North Asia Trade New Zealand; 'China/Hong Kong-trends in business with New Zealand'.

Wednesday 1st August 2001
Dr Peter Adams, former New Zealand Ambassador to China, currently Director of Development Cooperative in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 'China in the Year of the Snake'.

Wednesday 5th September 2001
Mr Stewart Rundle, President, Free China Society of New Zealand: 'Recent Developments in Democracy in Taiwan'.

Wednesday 10 October 2001
Mr Victor Percival, Chair of the New Zealand Trade Association, honorary member of Beijing China Council for Promotion of International Trade, and old China hand: 'New Zealand China Relations'.

Wednesday 7th November 2001
Mr Thomas Li, Chinese Artist and Managing Director of Yin Chong Art Exhibition Centre, Auckland: 'Chinese Painting Demonstration and Caligraphy'.

These are open to anyone especially students and staff of AUT, members of other educational institutions, members of the business community, Chinese and other Asian communities and anyone with an interest in the Chinese world, and New Zealand's relationship to that world. All these sessions will be held in room WH503 (Chinese Centre) Level 5 of WH Building, on the corner of Mayor Drive and Wellesley St, AUT City Campus. The sessions are from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Space is limited. To secure a place at any of the sessions please contact Suzanne Jackson on 917 9999 ext. 8389 or

Chinese Centre: Lunch Seminar Series, (1)
Tuesday 15th May Hon Philip Burden
We are also pleased to announce a new lunch time seminar, for semester one 2001. We can confirm that the Hon Philip Burden, former Minister of Trade Negotiations, and currently Chairman of the Asia 2000 Foundation will be our guest speaker at the first lunch seminar. Mr Burden will speak on: APEC and the impact of China's entry to this organisation, China's membership of the WTO and the relationship with New Zealand.

Lunch Seminar Series (2)
Wednesday 25 July Mr Terence O'Brien
Mr Terence O'Brien, former diplomat and Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and currently teaching Fellow in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington will speak on: New Zealand, Where are we heading in the twenty-first century-focus on China and ASEAN relationships.

Details will be available in April. Any general inquiries concerning the Chinese Centre should be directed to:

Chris Hawley
Director, Centre for International Developments
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Tel: 09 917 9889

1.3 New Zealand China Scholars and the Chinese Studies Association of Australia. The Chinese Studies Association of Australia [CSAA] is the professional association for China specialists and post-graduate students in Australia. Its membership includes most of the specialists in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, language, law, linguistics, political science, sociology, literature and other aspects of Chinese society and culture. To inform its membership about what is occurring in the Chinese studies community throughout Australia, it regularly publishes the Chinese Studies Newsletter, containing information about on-going research, new publications, new appointments, forthcoming conferences and workshops, and a campus round-up.

There was discussion at the time of the CSAA's founding, in 1990, of making it a trans-Tasman body. For various reasons, however, nothing came of that idea. I raised the issue of New Zealand scholars' membership eligibility at the Association's General Meeting in July last year. I was assured that any and all of us are warmly welcomed and that no more than the standard membership fee is requested.

I strongly recommend membership of the CSAA to all of NZASIA's China specialists. I don't think that it's feasible to try to form a separate body in New Zealand. And there is obvious value in trans-Tasman connections. If we can become a significant small group within the CSAA we could ask that reports from New Zealand be regularly included in the Newsletter's regional reports. If we become a very significant group, we might eventually propose that the Association's name be modified to reflect its "Australasian" membership.

The membership subscription is AUS$30 per year ($45 for two years) and AUS$10 for students. Members receive the Chinese Studies Newsletter, and New Zealand members will not be asked to pay extra for the cost of international posting. A printable membership application form can be found on the CSAA website: Your completed membership application and payment should be sent:

Dr Mobo Gao, Treasurer CSAA
School of Asian Languages and Studies
University of Tasmania
P O Box 252-91
Sandy Bay, Hobart TAS 7001.

The biennial CSAA Conference is to be held in Canberra from 5th to 8th July this year, at the ANU's University House. Professor Ezra Vogel is to deliver the 2001 George Ernest Morrison at this conference. Conference registration is a mere $25. Registration forms can be found on the CSAA's web site or on the back of the Chinese Studies Newsletter No. 22 (November 2000). It would be good to have a strong New Zealand presence at that conference.

(Pauline Keating, Victoria University of Wellington)

1.4 "Reflections on recent visits to China". AUT Chinese Centre in association with the Centre for International Developments, Auckland University of Technology, an evening presentation by Sir Paul Reeves, former Governor General of New Zealand, currently Professor at AUT, Wednesday 7 March 2001, 5.30-7pm, "Reflections on recent visits to China". Venue: AUT Chinese Centre, Room 503, Level 5, H Building, corner of Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street Auckland. Please rsvp as soon as possible to: Suzanne Jackson on 917 9999 ext 8389 or email There are limited spaces available, please reserve early.

1.5 Review Books, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies . The following books are available for review for the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies. Please contact Brian Moloughney:

Chua Beng-Huat ed., Consumption in Asia: Lifestyles and identities, Routledge, 2000.

Stevan Harrell ed., Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China, California, 2001.

Iyanatul Islam & Anis Chowdury The Political Economy of East Asian Dynamism: Post-Crisis Debates, Oxford, 2000.

Damien Kingsbury Southeast Asia: A Political Profile, Oxford, 2001.

Michael Leifer ed., Asian Nationalism, Routledge, 2000.

Mark J. McLelland Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities, Curzon.

Seiichi Masuyama, Donna Vandenbrink, and Chia Siow Yue eds. Restoring East Asia's Dynamism, ISEAS, 2000.

Kui Hua Wang Chinese Commercial Law. Oxford, 2000.

Burton Watson (trans.) Po Chu-i: Selected Poems. Columbia, 2000.


2. New Books by NZASIA Members

Weixing Hu, Gerald Chan, and Daojiong Zha (eds). China's International Relations in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Paradigm Shifts (Lanham: University Press of America, 2000), 231 pp.

Anthony L. Smith (ed). Gus Dur and the Indonesian Economy. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001, 224 pp.

This book contains 25 contributors including academics and decision makers in the Indonesian government (including two former cabinet ministers) and international organizations. It includes contributions from well known Indonesian economists such as Anwar Nasutian, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Anggito Abimanyu, Faisal Basri, Emil Salim and Mohammad Sadli.


3. Conferences Announcements

3.1 14th NZASIA International Conference 2001.

Theme: Asian Futures, Asian Traditions.
Dates: Wednesday 28 November 2001 - Saturday 1 December 2001.
Venue: The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Papers are invited in fields pertaining to Asian Studies. Please visit our web site for further information. It will be updated frequently over the following months.

We look forward to your participation again.

Dr Edwina Palmer
NZASIA 14th International Conference
C/- Department of Asian Languages
University of Canterbury
Private Bag
New Zealand

3.2 European Philippine Studies Conference, Alcala, Spain 9-12 September 2001. The University of Alcala and the Spanish Pacific Studies Association are pleased to announce the 4th European Philippine Studies Conference (Europhil) to be held in Alcala, Spain, 9-12 September 2001. Europhil is coordinated to follow directly on from the completion of the Euroseas Conference in London. The aim of Europhil is to increase the level of awareness of Philippine Studies in Europe and to enhance contact between scholars of the Philippines both within the continent and beyond. Previous successful conferences have been held in Amsterdam (1991), London (1994) and, most recently, Aix-en-Provence (1997).

The thematic title of the conference is The Philippines in Southeast Asia and Beyond. While it is hoped to encourage discussion and generate debate through comparative studies of Filipino society with those of other nations and cultures within the region. Contributions from any field or topic on Philippine Studies such as politics, economic development, archaeology, gender, history, environment, are welcome. The conference's keynote speaker is Benedict Anderson. Contributors may either seek to join existing tentative panels as outlined below or, where appropriate, propose new one or conferences not related to any panel. The conference strongly encourages to put together panels on language, gender or the history of the Archipelago before contact with the West. The speakers invited and panels envisaged are:

Panel 1: "Regional Linkages of the Philippines." Convenor: Wilfrido (Menito) Villacorta, Yuchengco Center for East Asia, De la Salle University,

Panel 2: "Recent political developments". Convenor: John Sidel, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University,

Panel 3: "Visual representations of the Philippines". Convenor: Bernardita Reyes Churchill, University of the Philippines and De la Salle University,

Panel 4: "Natural hazards and the environment in the Philippines". Convenor: Greg Bankoff, University of Auckland,

Panel 5: "Ethnic Groups in the Philippines. A Comparison with South East Asia". Convenors: Francisco Giner Abati, University of Salamanca,, and Charles MacDonald, Maison Asie Pacifique, CNRS-Université de Provence,

Panel 6: "Muslim in the Philippines and Southeast Asia". Convenor: Mike Matsura (to be confirmed)

Panel 7: "The rise of a new middle class and culture". Convenor: Ma. Cynthia Rosa Banzon Bautista, University of the Philippines,

Panel 8: "Philippines and Southeast Asia: contacts along History." Convenors: Florentino Rodao, Spanish Pacific Studies Association,, and Andrés del Castillo, El Colegio de Mexico,

Panel 9: "The politics and economics of revolutionary times: transformations in Philippine society 1880s - 1920s" Convenor: Willem Wolters, Catholic University of Nijmegen,

Panel 10: "New approaches in Philippine History". Convenor: Lola Elizalde, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC),

Panel 11: "ASEAN: Challenges and Developments." Convenor: Carolina G. Hernandez, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS, University of the Philippines),

Panel 12: "Economic History of the Philippines". Convenors: Luis Alonso Álvarez, University of Coruña,, and Arturo Giraldez, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.

Panel 13: "Manila and other Megacities in Southeast Asia" Convenor: Xavier Huetz de Lemps, Université de Nice,

Panel 14: "The Architecture of Philippines and Southeast Asia: An Assessment". Convenor: Joaquin Ibañez, Instituto Español de Arquitectura.

The committee reserves the right to accept some papers from a proposed session and reject others, and to assign papers to different sessions.

Alcala is situated 25km Northeast from Madrid. The birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, it is also a repository of archival material on the Philippines, mostly from the 19th Century, at the Archivo General de la Administración. A city founded by Cardinal Ximénez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, it is the first planned university town in the world. This beautiful historical site was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998 by UNESCO, and includes 20 buildings classified as National Monuments and a further 445 buildings protected by Spanish legislation. Outstanding among the principal monuments are the University building itself, where the Conference will be held, and the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso that forms the heart of the University.

In order to register for the Europhil conference, you will need to submit in an electronic format (*.rtf and *.doc files are strongly preferred):

A paper abstract (maximum 1 A4 page in a Times New Roman 12 format);
A completed registration form.

These two documents must be sent to the Conference Secretariat ( no later than May 1st. In case you cannot send these documents in an electronic format, you may mail them to:

AEEP - Europhil Secretariat
CMUNSA, Avda. Ramiro de Maeztu s/n
Madrid 28040 Spain

Documents must be sent both to the Conference Secretariat and directly to the panel convenors. All correspondence regarding papers should be with addressed to the panel convenors. You can download the registration and abstract forms from our website:

A full version of your paper should also be sent in the appropriate form to the Conference Secretariat and the corresponding panel convenors before June 1st. Applications for accommodation benefits of participants whose full version papers are not received by this deadline will not be considered. Note that your registration will be effective only once your registration fee's payment is made.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for the 4th European Congress on Philippine Studies (Europhil) varies by date of payment:

Before May 1st 2001: Participant US$ 35; accompanying person US$120;
After May 1st 2001: Participant US$50; accompanying person US$150.

Payments must be made by wire transfer to the following account number:
Recipient: Asociación Española de Estudios del Pacífico

Institution: Caja Madrid
Address: Hilarión Eslava 47, Madrid 28015, Spain
Account Number: 2038 1976 18 6000018992

Do not forget to keep your wire transfer receipt and fax it along with a photocopy of your valid passport (for Spanish citizens only, DNI will be accepted) to the

Conference Secretariat:
+34 915540401
(Attn. Europhil)

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to issue special invitations for panel convenors, authorities and other personalities.

February 1st - Last day to propose panels.
May 1st - Last day to register (abstract + registration form).
May 15th - Last day to benefit from reduced registration fee (payment + passport copy).
June 1st - Last day to submit your completed document.
July 1st - Accommodation benefits announcement.

Information about accommodation facilities at and nearby Alcala de Henares will soon be sent. Partial or total discounts for hotel reservations may be offered by the organization depending on the availability of funds. An announcement about this matter will be made on July 1st. Please check Europhil's website ( or contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.

Conference Director:
Florentino Rodao, President, Spanish Pacific Studies Association (AEEP).
Conference Manager:
Carlos Asenjo, Spanish Pacific Studies Association (AEEP),
Organizing Committee:
Belinda Aquino, Director, Center for Philippines Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Greg Bankoff, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Auckland.
Raul Pertierra, School of Sociology, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Mike Cullinane, Associate Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Charles McDonald, Maison Asie Pacifique, CNRS-Université de Provence.
Felice Noelle Rodriguez, Director, Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University.
Otto van den Muijzenberg, Center for Asian Studies Amsterdam (CASA), University of Amsterdam.
Bernardita Reyes Churchill, University of the Philippines and De la Salle University.

Contact Us:
Foregoing the Congress:
Asociación Española de Estudios del Pacífico
Europhil Secretariat
CMUNSA, Avda. Ramiro de Maeztu s/n
Madrid 28040 Spain
Tel. +34 91 5540104
Fax. +34 91 5540401

During the Congress:
Universidad de Alcala
Oficina de Protocolo
Pza. San Diego, s/n
Alcala de Henares 28805 Spain
Tel. +34 918854089
Fax. +34 918854126
Visit our web site:

4. Reminder: NZASIA Membership Subscriptions

Have you paid your 2001 subscription?

We remind you that the $40 annual membership fee now includes a subscription to The New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies (published twice yearly).

The subscription period runs from January 1 to December 31. Subscriptions should be sent to:

Mike Roberts
Secretary, NZASIA
Department of East Asian Studies
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
New Zealand

Tel: +64-7-838-4116
Fax: +64-7-838-4638

If your details in the NZASIA Directory are unchanged, a cheque for the subscription amount ($40.00), with a note of your name, institution and mailing address will be sufficient. If you are new member and are not listed in the directory, or if your details have changed significantly, please let us know using the form found on our web site. The Directory can be found on the Society's web site:

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NZASIA Newsletter No.7
Published by the New Zealand Asian Studies Society

Editor: Henry Johnson

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