Category: Australia - Asia relations

Australia - Asia relations, Religion

Why the census fails to capture the religious identities of Asian Australians

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The dismantling of the White Australia Policy in the second half of the twentieth century ushered in a new multicultural Australia, whose diversity is reflected nowhere more clearly than in the populations’ increasingly heterogeneous religious landscape. As Gary Bouma points out in his insightful book titled Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century, […]

Australia - Asia relations, China

The Loyalty of the Australian Chinese: Then and Now

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Australia has been rocked in recent months by allegations that China has been engaged in foreign influence activities in Australia. China’s rapid rise, the recent centralisation of power by President Xi Jinping, and the relatively high rates of Chinese immigration, have made some Australians feel that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is extending its influence […]

Australia - Asia relations

Australia Plus is a minus

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                                                      Australia is failing to broadcast its best television into Southeast Asia, a serious missed opportunity, argues Duncan Graham Most nations strive to show their best sides to the world through international TV channels, seen as effective means of building rapport and dispelling distrust. On these platforms they serve documentaries, dramas and newscasts made […]

Australia - Asia relations

Asian students ‘disconnect’ from local students, study finds

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Institutions could do more to encourage connections between international and local students, Catherine Gomes suggests Studying in another country can be rewarding and culturally enriching—but it can also be an alienating experience compounded by homesickness, the absence of support from family and friends, and loss of identity. Between 2013 and 2016 I conducted research on […]

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What students learn about Asia is outdated and needs to change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 […]

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 […]