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Asia, Imperative! Reflections on ASAA’s Report on the Study of Asia

Robin Jeffrey reflects on the new ASAA report, Australia’s Asia Education Imperative, co-authored by Melissa Crouch and Edward Aspinall. Professor Jeffrey was an editor-author of Maximizing Australia’s Asia Knowledge (with John Fitzgerald, Kama Maclean and Tessa Morris-Suzuki), the ASAA’s 2002 report on the condition of Asian studies. Australia’s Asia Education Imperative reflects the scholarly passion …

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World War II in the Asia-Pacific: Border Crossing Mobilities

On 18 and 19 July 2022, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wollongong, the University of Notre Dame, and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) hosted a Two Day Online Workshop titled “WWII in the Asia-Pacific: Border Crossing Mobilities”. The international research team and organisers of the workshop were Yasuko Hassall Kobayashi from Ritsumeikan University, Rowena Ward …

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Asian Skilled Labour Migration: ‘Multicultural Contextual Gaps’ as Employment Barriers for Japanese NESB Professionals in Australia

This post is based on a recent article published in the Asian Studies Review. The article can be read here and is currently available open-access to all readers. How Skilled Labour Migration from Asia is Shaping the World As the world has become more interconnected and globalised, skilled labour migration has become increasingly important in …

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In Memory of Professor Carol Hayes

Japanese studies and Asian Studies in Australia has lost a very special person in the field. Professor Carol Hayes passed away on 16 October 2022. She had been serving the Japanese Studies Association of Australia as an Executive Member since 2015 and a member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia for many years, serving …

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Building a National Languages Campaign: An Interim Progress Report

The Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)’s National Languages Campaign was born out of a desire to help reverse the decline in language learning by Australian university students. Indonesian is something of the canary in the coalmine in this context—a leading indicator, so to speak—and I am aware that not all languages taught …

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Australia-China Diplomatic Relations at Half a Century: Some Reflections

This post is based on an article published in the Asian Studies Review. The article can be read here and is current available open-access to all readers. Since December 1972, when the ALP government of Gough Whitlam established diplomatic relations with China, each country has benefited from the other in myriad ways, including geostrategic, economic, …

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