Ear to Asia

Ear to Asia is a podcast series produced by Asia Institute. In 2018 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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Episdoe 25: 20 years after Suharto, do human rights matter yet in Indonesia?

Dr Kate McGregor and Dr Ken Setiawan.

Two decades after the fall of the authoritarian Suharto regime, is Indonesia finally taking its human rights record seriously? Historian Dr Kate McGregor and socio-legal researcher Dr Ken Setiawan gauge how well Indonesia has come to terms with its violent past, and whether commitments to reform and justice made after the strongman’s exit are being met with real action. Presented by Peter Clarke.

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Episode 24: China's Xi Jinping: The man who would be Mao?

Dr Fengshi Wu and Dr Sow Keat Tok.

China recently abolished term limits for its presidency, clearing the way for Xi Jinping to continue indefinitely — possibly for life — as boss of the People’s Republic. Asia Institute’s China watchers Dr Fengshi Wu and Dr Sow Keat Tok shed light on Xi Jinping’s possible motives and strategy, and their implications for China and the world. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 23: For an ageing China, will demography be destiny?

Prof Martyn White and Dr Lauren Johnston

China, after decades of economic growth and a draconian policy limiting families to only one child, now faces a rapidly ‚Äčageing population, together with a declining workforce and too many men. Sociologist Martin Whyte and development economist Lauren Johnston look at what this demographic trajectory will mean for China’s economy and the lives of the Chinese people. Presented by Peter Clarke.

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Episode 22: Liberalism in the firing line as Indonesia prepares for elections

Prof Vedi Hadiz and Dr Dave McRae

As Indonesia gears up for important elections in 2018 and 2019, we talk with political observers Prof Vedi Hadiz and Dr Dave McRae to untangle the many strands of the island nation’s political life and get a glimpse of how the tension between democracy and pluralism there may play out. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 21: Middle East Power Play: Arab states grappling with a newly assertive Iran

Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert and Dr Kylie Baxter
Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert and Dr Kylie Baxter

As Iran jockeys for greater influence in a changing Middle East, how are nearby Arab states responding? Asia Institute political analysts Dr Kylie Baxter and Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert unpack the fast-evolving geopolitics of a region noted for its perpetually colliding interests. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 20: Unforgiven: Japan through the eyes of Korea and China

Asia researchers Dr Jun Ohashi and Dr Jay Song consider the optics of Japan’s relations with its neighbours, the Koreas and China, where decades-old memories of Japanese invasion and subjugation remain front and centre. What will it take for Japan to overcome its wartime history and regain the trust of these nations? Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 19: China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Audacious global strategy or Sino overreach?

Asia international relations experts Dr Sow Keat Tok and Dr Pradeep Taneja unravel the motivations and implications behind China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure update to the historic Silk Road that’s set to redefine trade and geopolitics across 3 continents, 2 oceans and some 65 countries. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 18: Deciding what's a language in Tibet

Anthropologist Dr Gerald Roche outlines the surprisingly diverse language landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, and what factors - geographic, social and political - contribute to whether a language is supported or even recognised. He also explains why some languages in Tibet are becoming endangered and how new ones are starting to emerge.

Further reading

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Episode 17: Maintaining Balinese cultural identity at home in the Netherlands

On Ear to Asia, anthropologist Dr Ana Dragojlovic recounts the history of Dutch colonisation of Bali, and examines the experiences of migrants from Bali to the land of their former coloniser as they work hard to maintain their Balinese identity.

Further reading

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Archive of previous episodes

Archive of previous Ear to Asia episodes

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For questions and comments about Ear to Asia, please contact Asia Institute's Acting School Manager, email Melissa Sharkey.