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 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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Episode 41: The evolving lives and language of women in Japan

Dr Ikuko Nakane and Professor Kaori Okano
Dr Ikuko Nakane and Professor Kaori Okano

Social anthropologist Professor Kaori Okano talks to presenter Ali Moore about the life transitions of a group of Japanese women whom she has interviewed regularly over the past 30 years. Sociolinguist Dr Ikuko Nakane joins the discussion to examine how their spoken language has reflected their life changes.

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Episode 40: How healthy is China's healthcare system?

Dr Lewis Mayo and Dr Jane Brophy
Dr Lewis Mayo and Dr Jane Brophy

China's citizens are now demanding more from the nation's healthcare system, with its tangle of institutions, insurance plans and bureaucratic rules. So how do ordinary Chinese seek medical help? And how does rising marketisation fit with the socialist aims of the Chinese Communist Party? Asia historian Dr Lewis Mayo and medical sociologist Dr Jane Brophy peel back the layers of healthcare in China. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 39: China's long march to a utopian society

Dr Matt Galway and Dr Craig Smith
Dr Matt Galway and Dr Craig Smith

While Chinese notions of an ideal society can be traced back more than two millennia to Confucius, it’s the Chinese Communist Party that claims it’s taking China on the path to a utopia. China historians Dr Craig Smith and Dr Matt Galway discuss the rhetoric and reality behind the CCP’s quest for the perfect society. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Archive of previous episodes

Archive of previous Ear to Asia episodes

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