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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Episode 32: India and China's growing strategic rivalry in the Indian Ocean

Dr Pradeep Taneja and Professor Derek McDougall
Dr Pradeep Taneja and Professor Derek McDougall

The Indian Ocean, long assumed by India to be its own "backyard", is now host to growing economic and military inroads by China. Asia watchers and political analysts Professor Derek McDougall and Dr Pradeep Taneja discuss China's possible designs in the region and the geopolitical risk its mounting presence there may bring.

Further reading

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Episode 31: The price of rising inequality in Indonesia

Professor Andrew Rosser and Dr Rachael Diprose
Professor Andrew Rosser and Dr Rachael Diprose

While poverty in Indonesia has declined significantly in the 20 years since the fall of Suharto, the gap between the rich and poor has only got worse. Political economists Professor Andrew Rosser and Dr Rachael Diprose discuss the troubling social, health and educational consequences of this rising inequality for ordinary Indonesians.

Further reading

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Episode 30: Liquid ambition: China's megaproject bringing water to a parched north

Dr Min Jiang and Dr Sarah Rogers
Dr Min Jiang and Dr Sarah Rogers

China’s South-North Water Transfer Project, the world’s largest-ever diversion scheme, is being rolled out to take water from the Yangtze River in the country’s south to quench the thirst of its parched and populous north. Geographers Dr Sarah Rogers and Dr Min Jiang discuss the social, environmental and governance implications of China’s most ambitious engineering megaproject to date. Presented by Ali Moore.

Further reading

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Episode 29: Engineering public morality in China

Dr Delia Lin and Dr Fengshi Wu
Dr Delia Lin and Dr Fengshi Wu

China’s social credit system is being rolled out and will by 2020 track the behavior of all of its 1.4 billion citizens, doling out rewards and punishments to individuals and communities. Asia Institute China analysts Dr Fengshi Wu and Dr Delia Lin ponder whether the system will succeed in bringing unprecedented security and stability to Chinese society or condemn it to a dystopian future. Presented by Ali Moore.

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.