Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century

Front Cover
David Robert Walker, Agnieszka Sobocinska
Apollo Books, 2012 - History - 376 pages
0 Reviews
To think that Australia is confronting Asia for the first time in the 21st century is to deny Australia's history and the self-awareness that comes from understanding that the country has been here before. Asia appears throughout modern Australian history as a source of anxiety or hope. It has been a presence both within and outside Australia, shaping who Australians are, as well as the country's engagement with the wider world. This book assembles an impressive group of scholars across a range of disciplines to present a broadly conceived cultural history that places Asia at or near the center of Australia's national story. *** "Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century captures the essence of the pendulum swings that have characterized Australian approaches to Asia over the past century and a half. ... The editors have done a first-class job in assembling high-quality chapters that make an important contribution to the existing literature on Australia and Asia. ... Moreover, this book tells an important story about the role and impact of individuals -- not just elites, but in many cases ordinary citizens -- in building Australia's relations with Asia. It is a valuable remedy to the ahistorical approach of so many of the debates within Australia over regional engagement and is a useful text for those outside Australia interested in acquiring insights into what motivates the country's approach to its region." - Pacific Affairs, Vol. 87, No. 4, December 2014
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Australias Asia
1
Contaminated by China Greg Watters
27
Deakin in India Ipsita Sengupta
50
Rising suns David Walker
73
Imagining the golden race Kane Collins
99
Crossing oceans and cultures Kate Bagnall
121
Glamorising racial modernity Shirley Jennifer Lim
145
Hearts q darkness hearts of gold Agnieszka Sobocinska
173
In the same bed dreaming dfiferently Mark Finnane
223
Getting excited about China Chengxin Pan
245
Absenting Asia Greg Lockhart
269
Donald Horne finds Asia Mads Clausen
298
Teaching history in the zlsian century Sally Percival Wood
322
the yellow sea
345
Ruth Balint
361
Copyright

Loving guests in Bali I Nyoman Darma Putra
198

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information