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Professor Brij Lal teaches Pacific and Asian History at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at Australian National University. He is also a Visiting Professor at University of the South Pacific and, simultaneously, head of the Centre for Diasporic Studies at the University of Fiji. Lal is currently working on a large scale project about Australia’s engagement with the South Pacific from the 1940s to the 1980s, focusing on the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu.  His research on Fiji continues with a historical dictionary and a general interpretative volume for the University of Hawaii currently in preparation, along with a series of essays on the politics and culture of the Indian indentured diaspora.  Among his many books are an autobiography, Mr Tulsi’s Store: A Fijian Journey (2001), which won the San Francisco-based Kiriyama Prize in 2002. He is also the author of Chalo Jahaji: On a journey through indenture in Fiji (2000) and editor of Bittersweet: The Indo-Fijian Experience (2004),[2] the latter two recounting the history of the trials and triumphs of the Indo-Fijian community. He is the present Editor of the Journal of Pacific History and the Founding Editor of the literary journal, Conversations. Professor Lal was editor of  The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (2006).More about Brij Lal