Ien Ang

Writer / See Roots


She was born in Surabaya (Jun 17, 1954), and currently lives in Sydney
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Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. Born in Indonesia of Chinese descent and growing up in The Netherlands, she migrated to Australia in 1991.

Her writing encompasses contemporary Asia and the changing new world (dis)order, Australia-Asia relations, as well as theoretical and methodological issues. She is a prominent public commentator in Australia and a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Her books, including Watching Dallas, Desperately Seeking the Audience and On Not Speaking Chinese, are recognised as classics in the field and her work has been translated into many languages, including German, Korean, and Spanish.