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 28: Taking the pulse of democracy in Southeast Asia

Professor Garry Rodan and Dr Avery Poole.

Given the notably mixed results of recent elections in the region, just how healthy is the practice of democracy in Southeast Asia? To distinguish the rhetoric from the political reality, we’re joined by keen Southeast Asia political observers Professor Garry Rodan, Director of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, and by Dr Avery Poole, Assistant Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 27: In the pipeline: Bringing clean water to Timor-Leste

Dr Kate Neely and Naomi Francis.

Two decades after winning its independence from Indonesia, Timor-Leste is still grappling with delivering clean water and sanitation to its people, both in Dili and in rural areas. With first-hand accounts of the challenges as well as success stories, we’re joined by Melbourne School of Government development specialist Dr Kate Neely and public health expert Naomi Francis from the Nossal Institute for Global Health. Presented by Ali Moore.

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Episode 26: Manufacturing nationalism in China

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

Is rising nationalism among citizens of China a natural result of the country’s growing power, or is it being manufactured and stoked by a Chinese Communist Party only looking out for its own interests? In this episode of Ear to Asia, Asia Institute political scientists Dr Sow Keat Tok and Dr Delia Lin consider the origins and implications of a patriotism with Chinese characteristics.

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Episode 25: 20 years after Suharto, do human rights matter yet in Indonesia?

Dr Kate McGregor and Dr Ken Setiawan
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
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?

Professor Martyn White and Dr Lauren Johnston
Professor 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 ageing 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

Professor Vedi Hadiz and Dr Dave McRae
Professor 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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Archive of previous episodes

Archive of previous Ear to Asia episodes

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