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Dr Susan Leong

Dr Susan Leong Dr Susan Leong

DipProdEng (Singapore), BA(Hons), PhD(Curtin), GradCert (Curtin)

Position Early Career Research Fellow
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Department Department of Internet Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 208.311d
Phone 08 9266 7294
Email Susan.Leong@curtin.edu.au
Twitter twitter.com/susanmeeleong
Website susanleong.net
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0001-6595-1470
Google Scholar scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=-UfV-EyxbDwC
Scopus Author Identifier www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=46461389500

Overview

My approach to both research and teaching is cross-disciplinary and collaborative. Two main trajectories run through my work: Asian (New) Media and Migration/Diaspora studies. I completed my doctoral thesis on the implications of new media for the nation of Malaysia in 2008. My book, New Media and the Nation in Malaysia will be published by Routledge in October 2013.

My current research project titled, The Business of Belonging, is a study of new media connectivity for the contemporary mainland Chinese diaspora in Australia. The main media foci of this study are the Chinese microblogging platform, Sina Weibo and instant messaging platform, WeChat. Other components include the examination of Australian migration management policies and China's diaspora engagement strategies.

At present, I am supervising two PhD projects: one on Indonesian internet policy and civil society and; another on cultural heritage tourism in Indonesia. I have previously supervised projects on digital storytelling in Malaysia, cyberwarfare, e-commerce, new media use in retirement villages and collaborative art practices.

In the past two years I have started reaching out into the academic community and now act as:

Book Series Co-Editor: Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies (Rowman & Littlefield International)
Associate Editor: Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration
ECR representative: AAPI Management Board

Memberships, Awards and Training

Member of:

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Employment History

 

  • Early Career Research Fellow, Curtin University, Department of Internet Studies, 2013 to present
  • Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, 2010-2013
  • Adjunct Postdoc Researcher, Curtin University, 2009
  • Sessional Academic, Curtin University and Curtin College, 2003-9
  • Publications Officer, University of Western Australia
  • Writer/Designer, Noodle Design, 1998 – 2003  
  • Copywriter, Graphic Designer, Corprorate Ink , 1996-1998
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Teaching

I have taught across three different institutions in Western Australia and Queensland since 2003. My main teaching areas are Internet Studies and Asian Media.

Prior to academia, I have worked in several industries in Singapore as well as Australia. My professional experience includes 5 years as a small business owner, 10+ years in advertising and marketing, a fair few years in production engineering, site co-ordination and even, technical draughting!

The units I have developed include Internet, Self and Beyond at QUT and Exploring New Media Worlds for under and postgraduates from the disciplines of Media and Communication Studies, Information Studies as well as Education and Law. At Curtin College and Curtin University, my teaching has included the units Asian Media in Transition, Internet Politics and Power, Internet Policy, Regulation and Governance and A Socio-technological Introduction to the Internet.

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Research Fields

Language, Communication and Culture

  • Media Studies
  • Migrant Cultural Studies
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Research Interests

 

  • Contemporary Chinese Diaspora
  • New Media and Belonging
  • Migration
  • Diasporas
  • Asia-Pacific Internets
  • Social Imaginaries
  • Multiculturalism in Singapore and Malaysia
  • New Media in Southeast Asia
  • Asian Media
  • Ethno-religious Minorities and New Media
  • Non-Users, Nations and Technology Policies
  • Multimedia Super Corridor and Zoning Technologies
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Specialty Areas

  • Internet in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China)
  • Asian new media
  • Media and migration
  • Internet sovereignty
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Publications

2016

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Leong, S. M. 2016.“Sinophone, Chinese and, PRC Internet: Chinese Overseas in Australia and the PRC Internet.”Digital Asia 3 (3): 117-137.
  • Leong, S. M., T. Kerr, and S. Cox. 2016.“Facades of diversity.”Thesis Eleven 135 (1): 115-133.

2015

Journal Articles (Research)

2014

Books (Research)

2012

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

2011

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Leong, S. M. 2011.“No longer Singaporean.”Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 25 (4): 559-572.

2009

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2008

Book Chapters (Research)

Additional publication categories

2017

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Leong, S. M., and D. G. Woods. 2017.““I don’t care about Asia”: teaching Asia in Australia.”Journal of Australian Studies 41 (3). In press.

2016

Book Chapters - Other

  • Leong, S. M. 2016. “Is “Allah Just for Muslims”?: Religion, Indigenisation and Boundaries in Malaysia.” In The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Medi, 119-141. New York: .

2015

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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