BLOSSOM YOUNG, 2011, SELF PORTRAIT AS COSMIC WOMAN (DETAIL), PENCIL AND DIGITAL COLOURING ON PAPER, (W) 15CM, (L) 42CM. PHOTO: BLOSSOM YOUNG – TAASA Review December 2011

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This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 43).

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between Australia and different Asian locations, one of the benefits of study in this field is the strong sense of being part of a regional community of scholars. What, then, are the challenges of studying Asian art? The undergraduate students generally agreed that the biggest challenge was coming to terms with the large body of contextual knowledge needed to fully appreciate the art objects: history, geography and religion in particular.

Very few had studied any Asian history at high school, although some students had studied aspects of Asian art in their high school art course, especially in contemporary art.

The students described themselves as coming to Asian art without points of reference' orwithout any markers.’ This can be daunting...