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An intro: my research intersects fan and celebrity studies, and of late I've been interested in what I call 'Hollywood's diversity project'. Currently focused on the transcultural fandoms of East/Southeast Asian celebrities, especially those who have transplanted to Hollywood. I'm also board member of UK-based Fan Studies Network & one of the incoming Editors-in-Chief of Popular Communication.

This is really disappointing. I’m expecting more testosterone-laden movies. Apparently, The Batman is the only one that’s untouched. 🙄

Wonder Woman 3 Not Moving Forward as DC Movies At a Crossroads – The Hollywood Reporter

The list of communication and media studies scholars on Mastodon is now at over 500 people! It's been a while since I've boosted it, but this feels like a good moment, since @ICAHDQ just published a newsletter column recommending #commodon folks check out the service. If you're in the #ICAMastodon community, please check out the list and add yourself! #ICA23 [Edit: typo correction]

“If [Malaysian racial politics] wasn’t complicated enough, people often forget there’s a third distinct political circle. There are two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo – Sabah and Sarawak. They are totally different from Peninsular Malaysia in terms of history, demography, language and culture.

Sabah and Sarawak are very multiracial. Interracial and intercultural marriages are common, and there’s little in the way of a religious divide. While political Islam is trying to make headway in both states, locals have made it clear they reject the extreme form of Islam promoted by Parti Islam Malaysia.“

Not to pit language against language, but the first Chinese-language sci-fi I watched was , which was interesting. Good interesting; a tad bit nationalistic for my taste but I liked seeing the genre available in Chinese language films.

So when I saw was available on , I was really excited. The fact that it’s in Cantonese, featured a majority of seasoned HK actors and is a HK production was icing on the top.

A little known feature of #Mastodon is the ability to create your own personal notes about an account.
This is a great way to potentially remind yourself why you follow particular accounts (or just about any other reason you can think of).

Also, these notes are private. The account does not know what you have written down, nor the fact that you have even made these notes.

Please #boost to help spread the knowledge around your networks. ☺️
#MastodonTips #Feditips #Notes

The temptation is strong to get to compose an out-of-email office on my behalf from now on. Perhaps over-zealous colleagues might actually respect a message written by an AI....

Malaysia’s problem with race supremacy 

“PAS and Bersatu, its partner in Perikatan, waged a nasty and racist campaign that mainly targeted the ethnic Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party.” This is also enabled by Malaysia’s approach to hate speech and racial slurs, which is usually ignored by the authorities so it’s no surprise this kind of behaviour online has grown.

(Side note: the racial slurs goes in all directions, so my point is, the whole education system needs an overhaul to be more sensitive to also include recognition of micro-aggression and casual racism)

Watch out for Malaysia’s ‘green wave’ — BenarNews

My team at work just launched new research on the #TwitterMigration: We analyze which platforms are growing - especially #Mastodon, #Tumblr & #Post.

We look at which sites users are adding to their Twitter bios, posting to their friends about & downloading apps for.

Please do boost this, and love to hear any comments or feedback on it!

Download it here:

What season 2 would have been if Netflix hadn’t cancelled . Gutted about this, but also, thank you for answering these questions and giving fans a glimpse.

I think there's something in my office which I'm allergic to -- for this whole week, as soon as I step into the room, I get a massive headache that refuses to go away. Could be the campus renovations (which is currently happening right outside my office window). Could just be stress and burnout.

Huge congratulations to my Curtin colleague and friend Crystal Abidin, one of the hardest working people in academia, who has been promoted to Full Professor!

Incredibly well deserved recognition, with lots of exciting developments by Professor Abidin in the works, including the formal launch of the Influencer Ethnography Research Lab she leads early next year!

Malaysian racial politics rant 

This is a good article summarising a lot of the concerns the moderate and considerably “left” voting public had of the recent Malaysian general elections. It’s a vicious cycle; the more fundamental the Islamist party becomes, the more Chinese-leaning the (supposed) left-leaning party (DAP) becomes, which is also my frustration with it. One example of my frustration is their assumption that just because I’m ethnically Chinese, I must read and speak Mandarin, which a lot of people - especially those in the Borneo states - don’t. And the rhetoric becomes synonymous with me not being “Chinese enough”, which is utterly ridiculous. Ethnically I’m Chinese with no ties or nostalgia of China. Culturally I’m Sarawakian. This is why Malaysia is multicultural and multiracial.

Anwar’s victory not the only Malaysian shockwave |

Boring work stuff 

Things I wish the workplace would stop doing: giving me things. A newly received email just informed us all permanent staff will be given bomber jackets...

This is a tropical country. Why on earth would I need a bomber jacket?! With corporate logos?!

I'd rather they save the money for other things -- like hiring more academic staff or more leave days.

Zotero continues to be the best reference manager around — #FOSS, made by scholars for scholars. Upcoming features (now available for beta testing) include automatic relinking of #mendeley citations, much faster #googledocs integration, and support for #latex math in notes

If you don't use a reference manager yet (or if you're using a for-profit one like Mendeley or EndNote) you can always give #Zotero a whirl: it's free and doesn't lock you in:


I just realised, it's Wednesday, and there's no new episodes of to look forward to watch tonight. 💔

Singapore cinemas, please still be showing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever when I’m there in a week’s time. Pretty please.

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