The ‘flow of Asia’ — vocabularies of engagement : a cultural history

Walker, David 2010, The ‘flow of Asia’ — vocabularies of engagement : a cultural history, Australian journal of political science, vol. 45, no. 1, Special issue : re-engaging Asia, pp. 45-58.

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Title The ‘flow of Asia’ — vocabularies of engagement : a cultural history
Author(s) Walker, David
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Season Special issue : re-engaging Asia
Start page 45
End page 58
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1036-1146
1363-030X
Summary The article reviews the history of Australian representations of Asia from the mid-19th century to the present. It argues that there are instructive continuities between recent references to ‘Asia literacy’ and to injunctions to know Asia that date from the late 19th century. It examines representations of Asia that stress fluidity and unpredictability, and argues that fluid Asia has been assigned characteristics not unlike those attributed to women and the crowd. The implications of this analysis for recent discussions of the threat posed by political Islam are also referred to. In such discussions ‘the proper treatment of women’ is commonly represented as both an established Australian value and one now under threat. The article ends by suggesting that the Howard government sought to marginalise ‘Asia literacy’, replacing it with ‘Australia literacy’.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian Political Studies Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040340

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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