Asian Currents

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Reviewing the state of Asian Studies in Australia

BY

What is the state of teaching and research on Asia-related topics at Australian universities? Do students have more or less opportunity to learn about Asia than in the past? Is there much variation in Asia content across disciplines? Which Asian languages are in decline at our universities and which are on the rise? What are […]

Asian studies, Australia - Asia relations, Japan, Japan - Australia relations

Former ASAA President honoured by Emperor of Japan

BY

Former President of the ASAA, Emeritus Professor Purnendra Jain, has been awarded the highest Japanese honour open to an academic. In a ceremony held in Adelaide on Friday 26 March, Consul-General Shimada Junji awarded Professor Jain the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in recognition of his “contribution to promoting academic […]

South Asia Studies

EU’s Show of Strong Commitment is Needed for ASEAN Strategic Partnership

BY

Notwithstanding the consensus between European Union (EU) and ASEAN to upgrade inter-regional relations into a strategic partnership in December 2020, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2021 has painted a different picture on the ground. Far from attributing any significance to its newly upgraded strategic partner, the MSC’s agenda was largely concentrated on the transatlantic alliance […]

South Asia Studies

‘Too foreign, difficult and suspicious’: Discourses of Chinese language learning in Australia

BY , and

One effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been the development of significant diplomatic tensions between China, the world’s second largest economy, and various ’Western’ powers. In Australia, China-scepticism has resulted in Australian-born Chinese being targeted. A recent survey showed that eight in ten Asian Australians reported having been physically threatened or attacked in the […]