Language studies crisis – a national conversation

Language studies crisis – a national conversation

In recent months, the issue of cuts to language programs at Australian universities has received significant media attention. We have collated below some of these articles. Please contact ASAA if you know of other articles that should be featured here. We’ve also included links to petitions circulating on this issue, and articles on our Asian Currents blog as well as ASAA statements.

Opinion pieces

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/16/cutting-asian-language-courses-at-australian-universities-hurting-students-job-prospects-experts-say

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/economic-diplomacy-global-tax-education-exports-and-team-australia

https://campusmorningmail.com.au/news/australia-risks-no-speaks-with-the-neighbours/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-uni-cuts-threaten-to-make-us-the-bogans-of-the-pacific-20210326-p57ehg.html#comments

https://www.asiaeducation.edu.au/blogs/aef-advocates/education-consultant/2021/02/25/looking-to-languages-new-opportunities-right-on-our-doorstep

https://asialink.unimelb.edu.au/stories/creativity-and-crisis-indonesian-in-australian-schoolshttps://www.aspistrategist.org.au/its-time-australians-knew-their-indonesian-neighbour-better/

https://theconversation.com/axing-protection-for-national-strategic-languages-is-no-way-to-build-ties-with-asia-154555

https://www.humanities.org.au/civicrm?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=8783&qid=308550

https://asiasociety.org/australia/australias-language-deficit-threat-its-role-global-economy

https://insidestory.org.au/turning-away-from-indonesia/?fbclid=IwAR2wYVW6etorWIMQIM7hJHg7-g9-8e-otQk0K8JF-QU_jG6AKvsD1DB6Dp0

https://www.smh.com.au/national/dumb-and-dumber-language-cuts-risk-australia-s-regional-relationships-20201214-p56n7h.html

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/dumb-and-dumber-language-cuts-risk-australia-s-regional-relationships-20201214-p56n7h.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/australia-Indonesia-relations-need-to-talk-the-talk

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/the-tip-of-the-iceberg-murdoch-university-is-the-latest-australian-university-to-announce-plan-to-abolish-indonesian-studies

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-05/asian-language-programs-fights-to-stay-hindi-indonesian/12934096

https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/education/unis-give-up-teaching-indonesian-just-when-we-need-our-close-neighbour-20201209-p56m3a

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/swinburne-looks-to-cut-all-foreign-language-studies-as-pandemic-bites-20201204-p56ksq.html?mc_cid=4540e3afe4&mc_eid=9a65a22c19#:~:text=%E2%80%9CWe%20are%20proposing%20to%20cease,of%20study%20through%20another%20university

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/don-t-rely-luck-making-most-fta-indonesia

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/time-reverse-indonesian-language-disaster-our-shores

 

Campaigns, reports and Media releases

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/save-foreign-languages-swinburne-university-and-protect-swinburne-s-reputation?fbclid=IwAR3FRy2AroHWqP6GNuz8ZHxaKZkEUSPBLCpm2w5IwdPQKJOuvt3yU93_0BM&mc_cid=4540e3afe4&mc_eid=9a65a22c19

https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/mediacentre/releases/uni-language-programs-14Dec/

https://www.acicis.edu.au/news/indonesian-language-programs-at-australian-universities-become-latest-casualties-of-covid-19-pandemic/

http://www.murdoch.edu.au/ALTC-Fellowship/_document/final_report/ALTC_NTF_Indonesian_in_Australian_Universities_FINAL_REPORT.pdf

 

Articles and statements by ASAA

 

https://asaa.asn.au/from-asian-engagement-to-the-new-cold-war-asian-studies-in-crisis/

https://asaa.asn.au/the-state-of-indonesian-language-in-australian-universities-the-past-20-years/

https://asaa.asn.au/news/statement-a-crisis-in-asian-languages/?mc_cid=4540e3afe4&mc_eid=9a65a22c19

Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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