Skip to main content
Skip to McMaster Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to main content
McMaster logo

The Asian Research Working Group (ARWG) aims to build a community of scholars who work on Asia by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue, collaboration and initiatives that integrate research into educational activities in McMaster.

One of the ARWG’s goals is to explore the possibility of creating an Asian Research Centre (ARC) to deepen our understanding of and engagement with Asia - one of the world’s most dynamic regions in the globalized world today.

The ARC hopes to build and leverage on the research strengths and networks of the growing number of scholars in McMaster who work on Asia, broadly defined to include area studies, languages, religion, politics, health and business as well as issues regarding Asians within Canada and relations between Asia and Canada. 

ARWG Members

photo of James A. Benn

James A. Benn

Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles2001

Professor | Director, McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies

photo of Chandrima Chakraborty

Chandrima Chakraborty

Professor | Department of English & Cultural Studies

There was an error while rendering this tile

There was an error while rendering this tile

Go to Khalid Nainar profile

Khalid Nainar

Professor, DeGroote School of Business

Go to Song Jaeyoon profile

Song Jaeyoon

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Go to Angela Sheng profile

Angela Sheng

Associate Professor, School of the Arts

photo of Netina Tan

Netina Tan

Ph.D. Political Science, University of British Columbia2011

Associate Professor | University Scholar, 2021-2025

Go to Hongjin Zhu profile

Hongjin Zhu

Assistant Professor, School of Business


Asian Research Working Group Conference, McMaster University Globalization and Asia: May 11, 2015

From the rise of Asian economies to the spread of Bollywood films and Japanese anime, Asia has emerged as a major player in debates around globalization. This conference seeks to examine economic, political, social, cultural, and historical dimensions of globalization in Asia and the globalizing of Asian cultures in the rest of the world. Some questions that emerge include, What are the unique aspects of globalization in Asia? Are there country-specific variations? Regional variations? What is the relationship between twenty-first-century projects and experiences of globalization and Asian histories of contact, exchange, conquest, occupation, war, genocide, and revolution? How has “rising Asia” been understood within Asia and in the West?

Download the Conference Program

Topics to be considered might include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic growth and challenges in Asian countries
  • Globalization and Asian values
  • Media, film, popular culture
  • Globalization and language
  • Trade and Markets
  • Empire and (de)colonization
  • Local cultures, regionalism, globalization
  • Global Finance
  • Environment, health, global pandemics
  • Gender and sexuality
  • War, militarism, and militarization
  • Terrorism and (in)security
  • Politics, governance, International Relations
  • Migrant labour and remittance
  • Migration and diasporic connections
  • Urbanism, cities, food
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Youth cultures, resistance, social movements, human rights
  • Peace and development
  • Education, satellite campuses, internationalization

Conference Details:


McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South. For direction, please visit

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Eric Hayot, Professor of Comparative Literature, Penn State University, whose talk is titled, “Asiachronism; or, On the Recent History of Asian Time.”
  • Dr. Radhika Mongia, Associate Professor of Sociology, York University, whose talk is  titled "Historicizing the Global: Asian Migration in the Time-Space of Empire"

Reading by: Viet Nguyen at Bryan Prince Bookseller

Conference registration: $50 for faculty and employed, $25 for students and unemployed, and free for McMaster students and faculty (conference registration is required ). 

Download the Conference Program


For more information on ways to participate in the ARWG or research assistantship opportunities, please email: or contact:

There was an error while rendering this tile

photo of Chandrima Chakraborty

Chandrima Chakraborty

Professor | Department of English & Cultural Studies