Independent filmmaking in Southeast Asia (with a focus on Malaysia), Southeast Asian cinema studies; political economy of the Malaysian durian focusing on the supply chain and its ecological and economic sustainability; cosmopolitanism and food identity; multiculturalism and race relations in Malaysia; S. Korean migrants in Malaysia.
Research institute: Asia Research Institute, Malaysia.
University links: Through the Association of Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference network members, based in the University of Philippines-Diliman and Cebu; UCLA and St. Andrews University; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Lee Sangjoon, Asian Cinema Research); Simon Fraser University, Canada (I'm Associate member of the Institute For Transpacific Cultural Research).
More information can be found on Gaik's webpage.
Consultancy and Research: Gaik is happy to explore opportunities to undertake consultancy and research work with external organisations.
Mostly worked with film networks in the region: Seashorts Film Festival (panel organiser/academic programmer), Freedom Film Festival (International long documentary jury).
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