KRC Affiliate Students
Ji Eun Lee-Griffitts, Honours Student (Curtin University, 2023-2024)
Mimansa Jethro, KRC Honours Student / AKS-KRC Scholarship Recipient (Curtin University, 2023)
Anisha Goodridge, KRC Honours Student (UWA, 2022)
Theo Mendez, Honours Student (2020-2021)
Theo Mendez’s Honours project (Sem 2 2020 and Sem 1 2021) is an analysis of attitudes regarding Asia among young adults in Australia, focusing on their interactions with Asia through the ‘Asia literacy’ school curriculum and through popular culture. The research draws on interview data from three focus groups run with 14 participants who graduated from Australian high schools between 2016-2018. Thematic analysis of these interviews has produced two key findings. The first is that orientalist attitudes still play a key role in Australia’s relationship with Asia. Second, participants’ rigid understandings of cultural hybridity and authenticity refute the idea that increased Asian representation in popular culture precipitates greater cosmopolitanism. Together, these findings point to the conclusion that the underlying role of Asia in shaping Australian national identity has not fundamentally changed, despite shifts in popular culture consumption and school curricula. This highlights the need for transformative changes in education that aim to build genuine intercultural understanding among the next generation of Australians.
Theo is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.
King Sein, Honours Student (2021)
King Sein studied Political Science and International Relations, and Korean Studies at the University of Western Australia after which he undertook Honours in Asian Studies at UWA in 2021. His research project examined how South Korea’s soft power through cultural exports (such as Korean music, Korean dramas, Korean cuisine) had a positive impact on Asian Australian identity in Australian society.
King graduated in 2021.