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    Making “The Healing of Bali”
    Darling, S ; Reuter, T ; MacRae, G ; Lucas, A (Monash University Publishing, 2022-11)
    This collection of essays is a multifaceted portrayal of Darling's years in Bali, revealing the cultural experiences that shaped him.
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    Populism in Southeast Asia: A Vehicle for Reform or a Tool for Despots?
    Robison, R ; Hadiz, VR ; Carroll, T ; Hameiri, S ; Jones, L (Springer International Publishing, 2020)
    This chapter explains the rise of populist politics and why it takes different forms in Southeast Asia – specifically in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. We see populism as an integral part of larger conflicts over power and wealth that accompany the advance of global capitalism. The failure of governments and elites to deal with structural crises confronting their societies provides the circumstances in which populism can emerge. Populist movements are shaped by different forces and interests operating within cross-class alliances in particular contexts. This explains why populism can sometimes be a vehicle for long-supressed popular demands for the redistribution of wealth and social justice and, elsewhere, effectively protect the interests of established oligarchies by diverting such demands into a politics of identity and culture.
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    Making the past into this moment: historical memory in Taiwan
    Smith, C ; Jaivin, L ; Klein, ES ; Strange, S (ANU Press, 2022)
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    Techno-Utopias and Robots in China’s Past Futures
    Smith, C ; Franceschini, I ; Sorace, C (Verso, 2022)
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    Metaphorical Mappings of the ‘Eye’ in Chinese
    Luo, Y ; Qin, X ; Baş, M ; Kraska-Szlenk, I (Brill, 2022)
    Previous studies of body-part terms reveal that the eye as our organ of vision is a rich source domain for conceptualizing various aspects of the human mind. This chapter examines the semantic extensions of the body-part terms for ‘eyes’ and their metaphorical mappings in Chinese within the cognitive semantic framework. Linguistic evidence shows that ‘eyes’ are extensively employed in Chinese to conceptualize various human experiences which can be categorized roughly into four domains, i.e. knowledge/intellect, emotion and attitude, physical and social relationship, as well as shape and time. These metaphorical mappings are grounded on our bodily experience manifested through our interactive embodiment with the eyes. This study illustrates that while a large part of metaphorical mappings proceeds from the more concrete concepts to the more abstract concepts, there are cases where mappings overlap between concrete and abstract concepts. These findings seem to provide support for a more recent view of metaphorical mappings of the mental-as-the physical proposed by Sweetser.
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    Ordinary Laws and Extraordinary Crimes: Criminalising Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in the Draft Criminal Code?
    Setiawan, K ; Lindsey, T ; Pausacker, H (Routledge, 2020)
    Every Thursday since 2007, survivors of human rights violations, their family members and representatives of human rights organisations gather in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. After the end of authoritarianism in 1998, Indonesia witnessed many political and legal reforms. The failures of the Indonesian human rights system are perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that twenty years after the fall of authoritarianism, justice is yet to be delivered for crimes committed under the repressive regime of President Soeharto. Until legislative reform in the area of human rights took place after 1998, Indonesian law included very few provisions for the protection of human rights in general. Legal provisions criminalising serious human rights crimes were absent altogether. The proposed inclusion of gross human rights violations in the Draft Criminal Code has been mainly driven by a desire to fully codify Indonesian criminal law, rather than to improve the prosecution of serious human rights crimes.
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    Arbitrary Detention in Indonesia: Buru Island, 1969-1979
    Setiawan, K ; Cribb, R ; Twomey, C ; Wilson, S (Brill, 2022)
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    Empathy as embodied in medical interpreting: a case study of medical interpreter-trainees' turn-taking management
    Lan, N ; Leung, SM ; Moratto, R ; Defeng, L (Routledge, 2022)
    Despite the ever-increasing need for patient-centred, multilingual communication in the healthcare setting, research and practices in this field remain scarce. Little is known about the intricacies of empathic communication in an interpreter-mediated medical encounter. This chapter examines two video-recorded interpreter-mediated medical consultations in simulated scenarios that involve a doctor played by a medical professional, a patient played by an experienced interpreter, and a student-interpreter who interprets for the two parties consecutively. The focus is placed on the student-interpreter’s non-verbal cues in empathic communication. Results from this study show that student-interpreters’ empathy can be demonstrated through their management of turn-taking by non-verbal clues and highlights the importance of empathy for an enhanced interpreting performance. Based on the results, we argue that empathy is a much-needed communicative skill that should be included in medical interpreter training with an emphasis on the use of non-verbal devices.
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    Meaning Matters: The Political Language of Islamic Populism
    Rakhmani, I ; Hadiz, V (Springer International Publishing, 2022)
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    Indonesia's “Third-wave” Democratic Model?
    Mudhoffir, AM ; Hadiz, VR (Routledge, 2021-11-17)