Australia - Asia relations

What students learn about Asia is outdated and needs to change

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The profound economic, political and cultural changes taking place in Asia, and in Australia, demand new ways of thinking about relations between the two, writes Fazal Rizvi The idea that all Australian students should develop a deeper understanding of Asian languages and cultures is not new. Some elements of this thinking go back to the […]

Korea

K-pop syncs to the politics of protest

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K-pop is evolving, writes Roald Maliangkaij—but you wouldn’t know if you listened The term K-pop is one of the latest additions to the lexicon of global fads. Since the late 1990s, when Korean pop acts began to sell out stadiums across Northeast Asia, it has become a label for perfectly synced and well-behaved, fast R&B-based […]

India

Did economics triumph in Uttar Pradesh?

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The BJP’s landslide victory in this populous Indian state reflects a potentially combustible mix of old and new, write Pawan Singh and Jonathan Balls The unexpected landslide victory in this month’s Uttar Pradesh elections by the party of prime minister Narendra Modi has fuelled a debate about whether politics is changing in North India’s populous […]

Australia - Asia relations

Development or diplomacy? The rebranding of the Australia Awards

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The Australian government’s primary intentions for its awards program for developing countries in the region may be at variance with its stated objectives, writes Anna Kent The Australian government has been offering scholarships to students from developing countries in our region since around the middle of last century. The scholarships became the start of what […]

Korea

Park’s impeachment unlikely to end South Korea’s political saga

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South Korea prepares for new presidential elections in 60 days—and the new president will face immediate pressing issues, writes Hyung-A Kim At 11am Seoul time last Friday (10 March), eight judges of South Korea’s Constitutional Court, in a nationally televised decision, ruled unanimously to remove President Park Geun-hye from office on 13 charges. ‘Her violations […]

Cambodia

Cambodia military snub’s disturbing implications for Australia

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Cambodia’s suspension of a military exercise with Australia this week is part of a long game being played by China, says John Blaxland What’s all the fuss about Cambodia’s suspended military exercise with Australia? Cambodia has been under considerable pressure from China to distance itself from the US and, to a lesser extent, Australia, for […]