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 36: Homelands harnessing the power of their diasporas

Professor Andrew Rosser and Assoc. Professor Yan Tan
Professor Andrew Rosser and demographer Assoc. Professor Yan Tan

Diasporas, once viewed by their homelands as merely remittance cash cows, are increasingly being seen by labor-exporting governments as a broader resource for domestic development programs and capacity building. Political economist Professor Andrew Rosser and demographer Assoc. Professor Yan Tan unpack the contemporary relationships between diasporas and their motherlands.

Further reading

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Episode 35: Will Narendra Modi and the BJP prevail again in 2019?

Dr Pradeep Taneja and Professor Robin Jeffrey
Dr Pradeep Taneja and Professor Robin Jeffrey

Can India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, lead his party, the BJP, to another victory in the world’s biggest election in 2019? India watchers Professor Robin Jeffrey and Dr Pradeep Taneja discuss Modi, his record as India’s leader, and the prospects of the opposition, led by the Congress party’s Rahul Gandhi.

Further reading

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Episode 34: Grappling with identity in Taiwan

Dr Sow Keat Tok and Dr Lewis Mayo
Dr Sow Keat Tok and Dr Lewis Mayo

How do the people of Taiwan identify themselves and their society? Most have ancestry that can be traced to the Chinese mainland and now speak Mandarin, but does a uniquely layered history set them apart? Asia-Pacific historian Dr Lewis Mayo and political scientist Dr Sow Keat Tok, both of Asia Institute, examine the notions of ethnic and national identity on the island and discuss the implications for relations with mainland China.

Further reading

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Episode 33: Xi Jinping and China's Confucianist revival

Dr Delia Lin and Dr Craig Smith
Dr Delia Lin and Dr Craig Smith

Confucianism is experiencing a revival in China, with President Xi Jinping now publicly endorsing Confucius’ millennia-old principles of personal morality, social order and justice. So what’s behind the fresh embrace of a philosophy once shunned by Mao Zedong? China watchers Dr Delia Lin and Dr Craig Smith join Ali Moore to delve in to the past, present and future of Confucianism in China.

Further reading

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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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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.