Monthly Archives: February 2018

Where are we in 2018?

Dr Tseen Khoo talking at the AAI6 Conference in Nov 2017.

Hello!!!! Happy (Lunar) New Year for 16 Feb 2018!!!!

Wow is it really February already? This year’s moving fast! We’ve also been a bit quiet on the blogging front but things have been super busy for the AAFFN and one of our original and long term supporters and sponsors.

Dr Tseen Khoo, founder and former convener of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN), blogger, academic and all round guru of the Asian Australian scene has her first article for Eureka Street now up online where she asks the important question “Where are the Asians on screen in 2018?”.

In related news the AASRN now has a new convener and mix in its line up. Read about it here and welcome to the new convener Dr Mridula Chakraborty. She is based at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute – bio. We also can’t stress how influential and amazing Dr Khoo has been in her prior role. There’s barely a scholar doing research in the Asian Australian community over the past twenty years who has not benefited from her magic and wisdom. Hail queen Tseen!

We had an absolute blast and were so excited and enriched by our invitation and trip to the 6th Asian Australian Identities conference, co-sponsored by the AASRN, Monash and held at the Immigration Museum last November in Melbourne. The event was co-convened by Dr Chakraborty and Dr Jessica Walton.  Two AAFFN conveners were presenters at the conference, with Dr Indigo Willing OAM presenting an invited paper on Asian American/Australian Identities and Representations in the Subculture of Skateboarding (and with reflections on her background as skateboarder and one of the co-founders of Girls Skate Brisbane), and Dr Sukmanhi Khorana providing insights on a study of television as part of an ARC Linkage (with Prof. Kate Darian-Smith, Prof. Sue Turnbull, ACMI, and the Immigration Museum) on role of television in migration – 2016-2019 – AAI6 program PDF accessible here.

This year at AAFFN we are continuing to promote and share news about the Asian Australian screen scene, mostly behind the scenes ourselves but with the occasional post planned for here. Plus don’t forget to find us on our socials!:

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and Twitter @AAFFN

May the New Year of the Dog be a great one for you all!

AAFFN Co-Conveners Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Dr Sukhmani Khorana and Amadeo Marquez-Perez