The Asia:NZ Foundation has funded the Postgraduate Research Awards programme since 1997
2002 ASIA 2000 - NZASIA
RESEARCH AWARD Winners
Malay studies Scholarship
Winners in 2002 of Asia:NZ - NZASIA Research Awards and Malay Studies Scholarships
To read the fieldwork reports by the 2002 Award Winners , click on the following links: Robyn Andrews; Siân Halcrow; Jane Havemann; Glen McCabe; Tan Bee Hoon
|Bee Hoon Tan|
Robyn is studying for a PhD in Social Anthropology at Massey University. Her thesis will explore the ways in which the Anglo-Indians of Kolkata (Calcutta) are building and maintaining their identity as a distinct community, giving special attention to the role of religion in identity struggles. She has already completed one period of fieldwork in Kolkata, spending part of her time conducting interviews with Anglo-Indians. Her second month-long visit, in February-March 2003, will be partly supported by the Asia 2000-NZASIA Research Award.
Robyn was awarded a grant of $2000.
Charles is a doctoral student in South Asian history at the University of Canterbury. He is researching systems of wealth distribution in the Bombay Karnatak - a south-western region of India - during the second half of the nineteenth century. He has already spent two months in New Delhi, working in the National Archives of India, and two months in the British Library (London). The Asia 2000-NZASIA grant will help support a second visit to India in late 2003. Charles plans to spend a number of months in Mumbai, where he will examine material in the Maharashtra State Archives.
Charles was awarded a grant of $2500
Siân is a BA Hons graduate in Biology and Anthropology at the University of Otago. Her doctoral research is in the field of Biological Anthropology, and entails a study of subadult health and disease in prehistoric Southeast Asia. Specifically, her study will focus on subadult remains in the Mun and Chi river valleys (tributaries of the Mekong River) in northeast Thailand.Her project entails two periods of fieldwork, one from December 2002 to March 2003 (now completed), and the second at the end of 2003. The Asia 2000-NZASIA award will help support the first period of fieldwork.
Siân was awarded a grant of $4000.
Jane is working towards an MPhil in the International Global Change Institute at the University of Waikato. She is using a political ecology framework to investigate community resource management of the nipa palm, with the nipa-based community of Loboc, Bohol (the Philippines) serving as a case study. In July-August 2002, she spent eight weeks as "the ninth member of a family in the municipality of Loboc" and, among many other things, conducted more than thirty interviews with nipa growers. This fieldwork was partly funded by her Asia 2000-NZASIA grant.
Jane received a grant of $2500.
Glen is a Masters student in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Canterbury, and his thesis explores the structure and support base of Japanese soccer (especially that of community-based teams). In September-October 2002 he used his Asia 2000-NZASIA award to help fund a three-week visit to Japan. During this time he investigated the public face of soccer culture by, among other things, going to matches, seven in all, and having meetings with players, managers and fans. He also arranged meetings with a number of Japanese scholars who specialise in the sociology and culture of sport. He made valuable contacts with academics in the universities he visited, contacts that will be very useful during his forthcoming two years of ground-level research in Japan.
Glen's grant was $2500.
Malay Studies Scholarship
Bee Hoon Tan
Bee Hoon is a PhD candidate in English and Media Studies at Massey University. She is investigating the applicability of "on-line writing labs" (OWLs) in English as a Second Language (ESL) programmes for Asian students. She spent about five weeks in Malaysia in July-August 2002, based at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) . There she administered two survey questionnaires about English language writing needs and support at the university. In her fieldwork report, Bee Hoon notes that without the grant from the Asia 2000-NZASIA Research Awards scheme, her survey coverage would have been limited to Asian students at Massey.
Bee Hoon's award of $2500 was contributed by the Chair of Malay Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.