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  • Published: 18 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760641009
  • Imprint: Australian Foreign Affairs
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $26.00

Are we Asian Yet?: History Vs Geography: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 5


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Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore – and encourage – debate on Australia’s place in the world and global outlook.

“One of Australia’s defining characteristics is the belief that the nation is headed for an Asian future. Destiny allows little room for choice.” DAVID WALKER

The fifth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s struggle to define its place in Asia as it balances its historic ties to the West with its geography.

Are We Asian Yet? explores Australia’s changing population, outlook and identity as it adjusts to the Asian Century.

David Walker examines Australia’s fears, hopes and anxieties about its place and future in Asia.
Linda Jaivin analyses art, politics and propaganda in the cultural dance between Australia and China.
George Megalogenis discusses how Australia’s ousting of PMs affects the nation’s reputation in Asia.
Sarah Teo explores Asian perceptions of Australia and asks whether it can truly be part of the region.
Sam Roggeveen proposes that Australia should foster a larger Indonesian diaspora.
Christos Tsiolkas reflects on the complexities of identity politics.
Aarti Betigeri examines the rise of India’s ambitious middle class.
Peter Fray contemplates the imperilled future of truth in politics.

PLUS Correspondence from Alison Broinowski, Jim Molan, Michael Shoebridge and Paul Bracken.

  • Pub date: 18 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760641009
  • Imprint: Australian Foreign Affairs
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Jonathan Pearlman

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and is a correspondent for the Telegraph (UK) and the Straits Times (Singapore). He previously worked at the Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. He has worked as a correspondent in the Middle East, as well as covering various international stories, including the 2008 US election and the violence in eastern Congo. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Diplomat, Good Weekend, and the Australian Book Review, and he has been a Walkley Award finalist and United Nations Media Award winner. He was born in Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales and Oxford University.

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