Ear to Asia is a podcast series produced by Asia Institute. The series is hosted by Vice Chancellor's Fellow Ali Moore. Ali is a well-known broadcast journalist and presenter.

From Japan to Turkey, from China to Indonesia, and to many places in between, Ear to Asia talks with our researchers who focus on Asia - in all its diversity of peoples, societies and histories. If you'd like to feast your ears on in-depth conversations about the world’s most populous and dynamic region, we encourage you to subscribe to Ear to Asia.

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Episode 47: Being Korean in Japan

Assoc. Professor Nana Oishi and Dr Jonathan Glade
Assoc. Professor Nana Oishi and Dr Jonathan Glade

Ethnic Koreans have made up a substantial part of Japan's urban populations for generations. And while many get on with their lives among the Japanese, their unique status continues to present challenges to how they fit in and how they see themselves. Sociologist Assoc. Professor Nana Oishi and historian Dr Jonathan Glade examine the fates and fortunes of Zainichi Koreans. Presented by Peter Clarke. An Asia Institute Podcast.

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Episode 46: How household registration in China continues to divide society

Professor Martin Whyte and Dr Lewis Mayo
Professor Martin Whyte and Dr Lewis Mayo

China's household registration - or hukou - system identifies citizens by their urban or rural origins and follows them wherever they may live or work, determining their lifelong access to healthcare, education and other services. Yet in an economically transformed China, hukou is increasingly seen as reinforcing inequality, unfairly cleaving society in two. So what is China doing about it?

China sociologist Professor Martin Whyte and Asia historian Dr Lewis Mayo join Ali Moore to pick apart the complexities and contradictions of the hukou system.

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Episode 45: Will Jokowi’s victory be a win for Indonesia?

Professor Vedi Hadiz and Dr Ariane Utomo
Professor Vedi Hadiz and Dr Ariane Utomo

Fresh after winning his second term as Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo faces stagnant economic growth, high youth unemployment, greater financial dependence on China, and a still powerful oligarchy. What reforms will Jokowi pursue, and what will be his political legacy?

Indonesia watchers Professor Vedi Hadiz and Dr Ariane Utomo join presenter Ali Moore to discuss Jokowi 2.0. An Asia Institute Podcast.

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Episode 44: The war memory industries of China and Japan

Dr Delia Lin and Dr Sow Keat Tok
Dr Delia Lin and Dr Sow Keat Tok

While both China and Japan run museums dedicated to the horrors of WWII, how well are the facts allowed to speak for themselves? And how are memories of war used to shape domestic and foreign-relations agendas of today? East Asia political scientists Dr Delia Lin and Dr Sow Keat Tok join presenter Ali Moore to discuss their impressions from field research of war museums in China and Japan.

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Episode 43: Cambodia: Hun Sen's unrelenting grip on power

Dr Matthew Galway
Dr Matthew Galway

Southeast Asia historian Dr Matthew Galway discusses Cambodia’s politics, culture and history through the lens of Hun Sen, the nation's strongman prime minister since 1985. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 42: What a deepening China-Pakistan alliance means for India

Dr Pradeep Taneja and Dr Zahid Ahmed
Dr Pradeep Taneja and Dr Zahid Ahmed

How does Pakistan fit into Xi Jinping’s geopolitical ambitions for China? And how do the deepening military and economic ties between China and Pakistan impact on that other vital player in the region: India? Political scientists Dr Pradeep Taneja and Dr Zahid Ahmed discuss the intertwined fates of these three nations with presenter Ali Moore.

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Archive of previous episodes

Archive of previous Ear to Asia episodes

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