Teaching Asia to Australia: Face-to-Face and First-Hand

  The one measure outlined in the White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century, that seems to have caught the public’s imagination is the access to four priority languages (Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese) at all levels of the Australian education system. This is an important move as linguistic literacy is part of deeper and […]

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Teaching Asia to Australia

Most recent co-authored piece on The Conversation, republished here by Creative Commons: Teaching Asia to Australia: it’s not just about languages By Susan Leong, Queensland University of Technology and Catherine Gomes, RMIT University Ahead of the soon-to-be-released Asian Century White Paper, Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said Australia needs to “know Asia” in order to […]

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Macquarie University’s Soft Power Advocacy and Research Group

Macquarie University has recently established a Soft Power Advocacy and Research Group (SPARC). Their aims are to: “Pursue a broad agenda of research and analysis to develop new theories and debate around models for soft power and public diplomacy. Develop affiliations and strategic partnerships with key national and international organisations spanning the public and private […]

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Discussion on Diaspora – Robin Cohen & Khachig Tölölyan

A couple of videos recently discovered put together by the Oxford Diaspora Programme. My interest in them is clear. I’ll try and post some notes on them later. I used to have these embedded but apparently sharing has been disabled. Anyway, the links are listed below: Alan Gamlen interviews Robin Cohen Professors Robin Cohen and Khachig […]

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Workers’ Strikes in India

According to Reuters: “Millions of Indian workers to strike on Tuesday  NEW DELHI – Millions of workers of all political hues will go on strike across India on Tuesday to express their anger at soaring prices and to back demands for improved rights for employees, trade unions and political activists said. The strike, which will […]

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Ah Jib Gor

Seems like Malaysia’s politicians are waking up bit time to social media but whether they are handling it well is yet to be seen. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/186892 The Chinese/Cantonese Ah Jib Gor Facebook page and its countersite Say No to Ah Jib Gor are really quite funny as is the series of satirical videos by NasiLemak 2020.

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