The National Library is pleased to announce the six recipients of the 2023 Asia Study Grants.

The Asia Study Grants program offers academics a four-week residency at the Library in 2023, with privileged access to our Asian language and Asia-related collections. Recipients will also receive an honorarium of $5000 for use as a stipend, travel and accommodation support.

2023 Asia Study Grants recipients and their projects are listed below.


Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Yao-Tai Li, Lecturer of Sociology and Social Policy, University of New South Wales

  • The changing rhetoric of racial discrimination against Chinese migrants in Australia after 1973

A/Prof Joanna Elfving-Hwang, Associate Professor of Korean Society and Culture, Curtin University

  • Cosmetic Matters: The Body and Beauty Work in Korea

Ms Ruonan Chen, PhD Candidate, Australian National University

  • Making Hospitals in Tibet

Mr Yahia Zhengtang Ma, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne 

  • Chinese Gay Men in Australia: Difference and Sameness, Border and Bordering

Dr Andres Rodriguez, Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, University of Sydney

  • Moving War: Connectivity and Regionalism in China’s Burma Road, 1937-45

Supported by Professor Kent Anderson

Ms Ausma Bernotaite, PhD Candidate, Griffith University

  • The digital infrastructure of the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China

Thank you

The National Library would like to thank the Harold S. Williams Trust and Professor Kent Anderson for their ongoing support of the Asia Study Grants program.


The Asia Study Grants program offers researchers and PhD students the opportunity to engage with the National Library of Australia's Asian language and Asia-related collections.

These grants offer a four-week period of intensive research, where scholars have special and supported access to the Library’s materials, facilities and staff.