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Monash Asia Series

The Monash Asia Series continues the University’s strong interest and expertise in publishing in this area, established by the Monash Asia Institute (MAI) Press. The Monash Asia Series replaces the MAI Press.

Monash Asia Series and MAI Press titles are listed below. (MAI Press books that are not listed below may be out of print.)
MAI Press working papers are available online via Informit.

Activism and Aid: Young Citizens' Experiences of Development and Democracy in East Timor

By Ann Wigglesworth

Publication: March 2016
RRP: AUD/US $39.95 (pb)
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9805108-7-4
ISBN (e-book): 978-0-9805108-8-1
Series: Monash Asia Series

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Asian Horizons:
Giuseppe Tucci's Buddhist, Indian, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies

Edited by Angelo Andrea Di Castro and David Templeman

Publication: April 2015
RRP: AUD/US $99.00
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-922235-33-6
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-922235-34-3
Series: Monash Asia Series

Britain and Portuguese Timor

By Nicholas Tarling

Publication: January 2013
RRP: AUD/US $34.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-921867-34-7
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-35-4
Series: Monash Asia Series


Conceiving the Goddess:
Transformation and Appropriation in Indic Religions

Edited by Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett

Publication: December 2016
RRP: AUD/US $39.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-925377-30-9
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-925377-60-6
Series: Monash Asia Series

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Dateline Kashmir:
Inside the World’s Most Militarised Zone

By Dinesh Mohan, Harsh Mander, Navsharan Singh, Pamela Philipose and Tapan Bose

Publication: April 2019
RRP: AUD/US $24.95
ISBN (pb): 978-1-925835-33-5
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-925835-35-9
Series: Monash Asia Series

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Henry Black:
On Stage in Meiji Japan

By Ian McArthur

Publication: July 2013
RRP: AUD/US $34.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-921867-50-7
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-51-4
Series: Monash Asia Series


Cover: Identity, Language and Culture in DiasporaIdentity, Language and Culture in Diaspora: A study of Iranian Female Migrants in Australia

By Maryam Jamarani

Publication: April 2012
RRP: AUD/US 39.95
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-921867-16-3
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-17-0
Series: Monash Asia Series

The Complete Writings 1898-1904

Edited and translated by Joost Coté

Publication: December 2014
RRP: AUD/US $149.95
Format: 912 pages
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-922235-10-7
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-922235-11-4
Series: Monash Asia Series

Knowing Indonesia book coverKnowing Indonesia:
Intersections of Self, Discipline and Nation

Edited by Jemma Purdey

Publication: October 2012
RRP: AUD/US $34.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-921867-48-4
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-49-1
Series: Monash Asia Series

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The Lajjāgaurī and Anandanāyakī:
A New Light on the Nature and Worship of the Ᾱdi-Mātā, the Primordial Mother

By Ramcandra Cintāmaṇ Ḍhere
Translated by Jayant Bhalchandra Bāpaṭ

Publication: 2020
RRP: AUD/US $39.95
ISBN (pb): 978-1925835-24-3
ISBN (e-book): 978-1925835-26-7
Series: Monash Asia Series

Making Chinese Australia:
Urban Elites, Newspapers and the Formation of Chinese-Australian Identity, 1892–1912

By Mei-fen Kuo

Publication: November 2013
RRP: AUD/US $39.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-921867-96-5
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-37-8
Series: Monash Asia Series

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Making Them Indonesians: Child transfers out of East Timor

By Helene van Klinken

Publication: February 2012
RRP: AUD/US $34.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-876924-80-5
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-876924-79-9
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Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia

Edited by Alexandra Haendel

Publication: August 2012
RRP: AUD/US $49.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-921867-28-6
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-29-3
Series: Monash Asia Series

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On Feminism and Nationalism:
Kartini’s letters to Stella Zeehandelaar 1899–1903

Translated and with an Introduction by Joost Coté

Publication: 2005
RRP $36.95
ISBN: (paperback) 978-1-876924-35-5
Series: Monash Asia Series


A Slow Ride into the Past:
The Chinese Trishaw Industry in Singapore, 1942–1983

By Jason Lim

Publication: January 2013
RRP: AUD/US $29.95
ISBN (paperback):  978-1-921867-38-5
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-921867-39-2
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Witch-Hunt and Conspiracy: The ‘Ninja Case’ in East Java

By Nicholas Herriman

Publication: February 2016
RRP: AUD/US $39.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-922235-51-0
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-922235-52-7
Series: Monash Asia Series

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Women, War and Islamic Radicalisation in Maryam Mahboob's Afghanistan

By Faridullah Bezhan

Publication: June 2016
RRP: AUD/US $39.95
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-925377-02-6
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-925377-03-3
Series: Monash Asia Series

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MAI Press Titles

Anthropology and Community in CambodiaAnthropology and Community in Cambodia

Reflections on the Work of May Ebihara
Edited by John Marston, 2011, $29.95, ISBN: 9781876924744

This collection explores - in rich detail - the nature of community in rural Cambodia. It examines the debates about the ways community - or its absence - is reflected in social organization, reciprocity, religion, gender, and a shared sense of trust. It also considers questions of community in the lead-up to and the aftermath of the catastrophic Pol Pot period. The book's essays have been inspired by the life and works of the late May Ebihara, who was a pioneer in the anthropology of rural Cambodia, and who was a friend and mentor to all of the contributors to the collection. Taken as a whole, like much of Ebihara's pathbreaking work, this book deals with processes of grassroots transformation. The book also includes a bibliography of Ebihara's works, as well as an interview with her, in which she reflects on Cambodia and her career in anthropology.

India Seen from the EastIndia Seen from the East

Indian and Indigenous Cults in Champa (Second Revised Edition)
Paul Mus, 2011, $24.95, ISBN: 9781876924751

Paul Mus (1902-1969) - a historian of religion in India and ancient Southeast Asia - has had a profound influence on generations of scholars. India Seen from the East draws upon his fieldwork among the Cham people of Vietnam: remnants of a society that had once boasted a flourishing Indian-style culture, but came to be known only through ruins, religious sculptures, and fractured folk memories. The contents of this book were first published in 1933 in a French academic journal ('L'Inde vue de l'Est. Cultes indiens et indigenes au Champa', Bulletin de l'ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient, XXXIII, no 1:367-410). This revised edition (the original English translation was published in 1975 and based on the Mus's lectures) is perhaps the most influential of Mus's publications. It vividly justifies his conviction that - in the eyes of the Chams - 'folk' and 'Indian' were one and the same. This edition includes a new introduction and supplemental material: a comprehensive bibliography of the works of Paul Mus and illustrations not published since the original in 1933.

Maskulinitas: culture, gender and politics in Indonesia

Maskulinitas: culture, gender and politics in Indonesia

Marshall Clark, 2010, $29.95, ISBN 9781876924768

A timely addition to the generally conservative field of scholarship on gender in Southeast Asia, Maskulinitas demonstrates that gender studies needs to encompass ‘the man question’, especially considering Indonesia’s strongly patriarchal society, where the norms of feminine subordination and submission are legitimised by the ideologies of the state and the strictures of religion. Ultimately, this book challenges us with the notion that if the subordinate status of Indonesian women is to be highlighted and some sort of gender equality achieved, then the representations, subjectivities and practices of Indonesian men must be addressed.

Bandung 1955: little historiesBandung 1955: little histories

Edited by Antonia Finnane and Derek McDougall, 2010, $29.95,
ISBN 9781876924737

The Bandung Conference was one of the great political events of the 1950s. More than half a century after the first great gathering of heads of independent Asian and African countries, this book presents some new and unusual perspectives on the history of the conference. Focusing on some under-researched individuals, countries and themes—Lebanon’s Charles Malik, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Japanese intellectuals, Burmese socialists, Australian politicians—the authors demonstrate the historical depth and repercussions of the conference.

Imagining Siam: a travellers' literary guide to ThailandImagining Siam: a travellers' literary guide to Thailand

Caron Eastgate Dann, 2008, $39.95, ISBN 9781876924621

Thailand has been systematically transformed into a classic neocolonial object of Western desire, an easily penetrated erotic zone that caters to the appetites of Western interlopers. In the first comprehensive critical study of Western literature about Thailand, Imagining Siam provides a thorough analysis, using Edward Said’s concepts, of English language travelogues and travel literature. It offers a broad view, covering literary attempts to describe Siam in the 13th century, through the formative phase of Western engagement in the 16th century, the various competing European imperialisms in the 19th century, to today’s era of mass tourism and the global reach of mobile, economically and culturally powerful ‘First World’ populations. This will appeal to those interested in Thailand, critiques of travel writing and the Anna Leonowens legacy.

Malaya’s secret police 1945–1960: the role of the Special Branch in the Malayan EmergencyMalaya’s secret police 1945–1960: the role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency

Leon Comber, 2008, $27.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 52 2

The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960. During these tumultuous years, following so soon after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, the whole country was once more turned upside down and the lives of the people changed. The war against the Communist Party of Malaya’s determined efforts to overthrow the Malayan government involved the whole population in one form or another. Dr Comber analyses the pivotal role of the Malayan Police’s Special Branch, the government’s supreme intelligence agency, in defeating the communist uprising and safeguarding the security of the country. He shows for the first time how the Special Branch was organised and how it worked in providing the security forces with political and operational intelligence. His book represents a major contribution to our understanding of the Emergency and will be of great interest to all students of Malay(si)a’s recent history as well as counter-guerrilla operations. It can profitably be mined, too, to see what lessons can be learned for counterinsurgency operations in other parts of the world.

Indonesian Islam in a New EraIndonesian Islam in a new era: how women negotiate their Muslim identities

Edited by Susan Blackburn, Bianca Smith and Siti Syamsiyatun, 2008, AU$39.95,  ISBN 978 1 876924 54 6

Indonesian Islam in a new era examines the religious practices and identities of Indonesian Muslim women in the post-Suharto era. After 1998 Indonesian Islam changed socially and nationally as society underwent sweeping alterations. Based on new empirical research by sociologists, political scientists, and anthropologists from Indonesia and Australia, the book underscores the negotiations Muslim women have made in arenas such as schools, organisations, popular culture and village life. Whereas theology has until recently dominated studies of women and Islam in Indonesia, this book breaks new ground by examining from social science perspectives how Indonesian women negotiate their Muslim identities.

The First Indonesian Wome's Congress of 1928The First Indonesian Women's Congress of 1928

Translated and with an introduction by Susan Blackburn, 2008, AU$34.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 48 5

Every year on 22 December, Indonesia celebrates Women's Day, commemorating the start of the first Indonesian women's congress in 1928, and leading to the first federation of women's organisations. Susan Blackburn has translated the congress report into English and prefaced it with an Introduction that sets the background to the congress and analyses its proceedings.

Dilemmas of public university reform in MalaysiaDilemmas of public university reform in Malaysia

Machi Sato, rrp AU$24.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 41 6

Since the mid-1990s, tertiary education in Malaysia has experienced great transformation. Legislation was introduced to make the system more democratic and international. Focusing on public universities, this book analyses recent reforms in the sector, and seeks to initiate an urgently-needed debate on how the reforms should be implemented.

This study is based on extensive interviews with academics from public universities at Malaysian institutions, because it is individual academics who play a crucial role in developing and maintaining the credibility and reputation of universities. Their stories give a clear picture of public universities that are juggling different expectations and pressures from the social, political and economic environments. The question is how this elusive balance can be achieved.

Violence in between: conflict and security in archipelagic Southeast AsiaViolence in between: conflict and security in archipelagic Southeast Asia

Edited by Damien Kingsbury, 2005, $44.95, ISBN 1 876924 37 3

A recent series of terrorist attacks, the uncovering of a large terrorist network and a string of continuing regional conflicts have raised an awareness that Southeast Asia is amongst the world's most troubled areas. This book analyses local terrorism and state repression in this populous, strategically important region.

Foreign devils and other journalistsForeign devils and other journalists

edited by Damien Kingsbury, Eric Loo and Patricia Payne, 2000, $27.50. ISBN 0 7326 1183 0

The role of the media is culturally determined, and when the media, and public figures, cross cultural boundaries, they find that they are used and interpreted in a variety of ways. Leading academics on the media in Southeast Asia provide provocative essays focussing on key issues in reporting on and within the region. Political control, freedom of expression and cultural difference all come in to play.

New views of Tibetan cultureNew views of Tibetan culture

Edited by David Templeman, 2010, $34.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 77 5

This wide-ranging book brings new and fresh visions of important aspects of Tibetan culture. It considers fields as diverse as power in Lhatok in Eastern Tibet, the dynamics and politics of lattice window design in Rebgong (Amdo), humour in old Tibetan verse, and concepts of the self in modern testimonia. The authors approach their topics with verve and insight, employing novel and often ground-breaking ways of dealing with their respective fields.

“This is an innovative collection of scholarly articles, well-researched and well-written. All of the articles are based on new textual research or recent fieldwork experiences. This book significantly enlarges the range of materials available to people interested in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.”

Karen C. Lang, Professor and Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia.

Tall tales and true: India, historiography and British imperial imaginingsTall tales and true: India, historiography and British imperial imaginings

Edited by Kate Brittlebank, 2008, $29.95, ISBN 9781876924614

Tall tales and true: India, historiography and British imperial imaginings is an interdisciplinary collection of eight case studies. Written in an engaging and accessible style, in order to appeal not only to specialists but also to students, teachers and general readers, it explores issues relating to the construction of historical narratives. The book presents re-assessments of a number of emblematic people and events that appear within the narrative of British imperial power: the Black Hole of Calcutta, Governor-General Warren Hastings, Tipu Sultan of Mysore, Arthur Wellesley and the battle of Assaye, the Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh, William Sleeman and the thugs, and the Indian Revolt of 1857-8. It concludes with an examination of the life of Madan Mohan Malaviya, an ambiguous figure who has been difficult to place in conventional narratives of Indian nationalism.

The iconic femaleThe iconic female: goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet

Edited by Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett, 2008, $44.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 66 9

The energy of the goddess fills every facet of Indian life. To her devotees, the goddess appears in myriad forms: a mother, boon-giver, destroyer of evil, a divine lover, a protector and/or a bloodthirsty ogress. The more we discover about her, the more teasingly complex and multivalent the Devi appears. She is both constant and changing, loved and feared, worshipped and forgotten only to be re-discovered and worshipped. In this book, for the first time, ten Australian researchers working on many aspects of the Devi have come together and offered, in a single collection, new research on the divine female. This book is the beginning of a renewed quest for the iconic Devi who continues to emerge in her many, unpredictably powerful forms.

Is Japan really remilitarising?Is Japan really remilitarising? The politics of norm formation and change

Yasuo Takao, 2008, $36.95. ISBN 978 1 876924 60 7

According to the mass media, Japanese nationalism is on the rise. Tokyo’s stance on national security is becoming uncharacteristically assertive. This book explores the prospect of Japan’s remilitarisation and challenges the preconceived approaches taken by existing theories to Japan’s national security. The book examines Japan’s pacifism since the Second World War, developments in Japanese military build-up since the late 1960s, and Japan’s responses to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Narrating the other: Australian literary perceptions of JapanNarrating the other: Australian literary perceptions of Japan

Megumi Kato, 2008, $37.95. ISBN 978 1 876924 59 1

The first extensive study of Japan in Australian literary consciousness, this is a broad chronological exploration of Australian writers’ representations of the Japanese from the late 19th to the 21st century. A comprehensive examination of Australian novels, stories and memoirs reveals the powerful and continuing influence of depictions of Japan and its people and the contribution to the formation of wider Australian views on Japan and the Japanese.

Unexpected encounters: neglected histories behind the Australia-Japan relationshipUnexpected encounters: neglected histories behind the Australia-Japan relationship

Edited by Michael Ackland and Pam Oliver 2007, $34.95. ISBN 978 1 876924 50 8

Telling the personal stories of Australians in Japan and Japanese in Australia, this book explores issues of race, identity and ambition in times of war and peace. The essays collected here illuminate a variety of fascinating lives and individual achievements, from trade to literature and the arts, the media and the justice system.

British Muslims and the call to global jihadBritish Muslims and the call to global jihad

Kylie Baxter, rrp AU$19.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 55 3

Since the events of 11 September 2001, Western Muslim communities have been placed under a social and political microscope. Omar Bakri Muhammad and his organisation al-Muhajiroun, based in London from the mid-1990s until 2004, endorsed militant jihad and generated a very public profile as the voice of 'Islamism' in the United Kingdom. Al-Muhajiroun's tenure in the United Kingdom spanned a crucial decade in international relations and the organisation acted as a lightening rod for the debates surrounding Islamism in the West. Drawing on interviews with Bakri, British Muslims and the call to global jihad explores the ways in which al-Muhajiroun attempted, and ultimately, failed to 'walk the line' between Islamism and life in a Western state.

Globalisation and labour mobility in ChinaGlobalisation and labour mobility in China

Edited by Ingrid Nielsen, Russell Smyth and Marika Vicziany, 2007, $29.95, ISBN 978 1 876924 47 8

Some of the world's foremost China scholars examine China's extraordinary rate of economic growth, and issues surrounding internal migration. A comparative focus draws parallels China, India, Mexico and France.


Business in AsiaBusiness in Asia

Edited by Russell Smyth and Marika Vicziany
ISBN 978 1 876924 53 9, rrp $32.95, Paperback, 240pp page size A5 210 x 148mm

The extraordinary economic performance of Asia is arguably the most important economic phenomenon of the last fifty years. Recovering from the shocks of colonial control, today, the world of Asian business is a rapidly changing scenario in which home-grown companies compete against multinationals for market share and market access. This collection focuses on the role of entrepreneurship—both private and state—in propelling Asian economic growth in the five decades since the end of the Second World War. The volume places the familiar names of Asian business in a long term historical and policy context. The 21st century is now being heralded as the ‘Asian Century’. This book helps us to understand what has made this possible.

To be FreeChanging Histories
Australia and Japan

Edited by Paul Jones and Pam Oliver
ISBN: 978-0-7326-1196-5
PB 2001 $29.95




To be FreeHorizons of Home
Nation, Gender and Migrancy in Island Southeast Asia

Edited by Penelope Graham
ISBN: 978-1-876924-29-4
Annual Indonesia Lecture Series 25
PB 2008 $25.95



To be FreeThe Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia

Edited by Thomas Reuter
ISBN: 978-1-876924-65-2
Annual Indonesia Lecture Series 30
PB $24.95



To be FreeThe year of voting frequently
Politics and Artists in Indonesia's 2004 elections

ISBN: 978-1-876924-38-6
Annual Indonesia Lecture Series 27
PB $34.95



To be FreeTo be Free
Stories from Asia's Struggle against Oppression

By Chee Soon Juan
ISBN: 978-0-7326-1173-6 
PB 1998 $29.95

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