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Ear to Asia is produced by Asia Institute, the Asia research specialists at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

In Ear to Asia, we talk with Asia experts to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world.

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    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

Ear to Asia is produced by Asia Institute, the Asia research specialists at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

In Ear to Asia, we talk with Asia experts to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world.

Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

    Singing songs of rebels, rice and romance in China’s lower Yangtze Delta

    Singing songs of rebels, rice and romance in China’s lower Yangtze Delta

    The Yangtze, Asia's longest river, flows through China's wealthiest region, the lower delta, which includes the metropolis of Shanghai. Sadly, the unique traditional cultures and epic folk songs of this region have all but succumbed to the relentless march of modernization and cultural homogenisation. What are the stories behind the region’s longform folk songs, and how are they passed down? How do today's people in the region regard this cultural legacy, and what's being done to save the songs of Shanghai's hinterland? Sinologist Prof. Anne McLaren, who has researched the region over decades, joins presenter Ali Moore to explore the lower Yangtze’s unique cultural heritage.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 47 min
    A changed Hong Kong under China’s national security law

    A changed Hong Kong under China’s national security law

    In 2020, Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong after months of mass protests, resulting in the prosecution and conviction of many activists and journalists. China introduced the law despite their 1997 agreement with the outgoing British colonial administration to allow the territory its own system of governance for 50 years. Nearly three years later, how has this controversial law affected Hong Kong’s spirit and aspirations? And can the city keep its edge as Asia’s leading financial centre? Hong Kong watchers Assoc Prof Ester Leung and Dr Kevin Carrico examine the impact of the law and Hong Kong’s evolving ethos. Presented by Ali Moore.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 52 min
    Who wants to be Indonesia’s next president?

    Who wants to be Indonesia’s next president?

    Although Indonesia's presidential elections take place in February 2024, it's already game on for the lineup of presidential hopefuls, and the nation's political machine is already in high gear. So who are the big names throwing their hats into the ring this time around? What will each bring to the table? And what messages will resonate with the diverse electorate? Indonesia watchers Professor Tim Lindsey and Dr Ian Wilson join presenter Ali Moore to dissect the race to the presidential palace. An Asia Institute podcast. Produced and edited by profactual.com. Music by audionautix.com.

    • 56 min
    The rise and rise of halal consumerism in Indonesia

    The rise and rise of halal consumerism in Indonesia

    Muslims in Indonesia are increasingly seeking to align their consumption with their religious beliefs. The push comes from a growing urban middle class who have greater access to global products and services. At the same time, Indonesia’s halal product assurance law, which came into effect in 2019, is being phased in across a wide range of goods and services. In a world awash with consumerism, what does halal certification mean for Muslims? And how do these economic choices play into the political landscape? Indonesia watchers Professor Julian Millie and Dr Inaya Rakhmani examine the trajectory of Indonesia’s halal consumerism with presenter Ali Moore.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 47 min
    What a Taliban theocracy means for Afghanistan

    What a Taliban theocracy means for Afghanistan

    In August 2021, the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan after a 20-year hiatus and promptly replaced the nation’s legal system with their own austere version of Islamic law or Sharia. While the impact of the new government on women and girls has been well documented outside the country, the Taliban's interpretation of Sharia is making itself felt across Afghan society as the country is in the grip of possibly its worst ever humanitarian crisis. What is the theological basis of the Taliban's version of Sharia? What's the Taliban vision for Afghanistan? And how will it turn that vision into reality? Researchers of Islamic law in South Asia Associate Professor Matthew Nelson and Haroun Rahimi join presenter Ali Moore to examine the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual
    Music by audionautix.com

    • 58 min
    How can Sri Lanka continue to hedge between India and China?

    How can Sri Lanka continue to hedge between India and China?

    Sri Lanka recently found itself caught in a diplomatic tussle between China and India over the planned visit of Chinese naval vessel the Yuan Wang 5, to the port of Hambantota. India opposed the visit because it considers the vessel a spy ship, while China maintains that it’s just a research vessel. And that saga is but one example of how Sri Lanka must walk the line between Asia's two largest powers. How can Sri Lanka maintain a sense of balance in its bilateral relationships with the two Asian giants? And will there come a time when Colombo will have to choose a side? Geopolitical analysts Dr Pradeep Taneja and Dr Chulanee Attanayake join presenter Ali Moore to examine the state of India-China power dynamics and what this means for Sri Lanka.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

slingamp ,

Fascinating

Fascinating survey of the issues in Asia that matter to the world. Great guest, well interviewed and produced. Always insightful and educational!

Wendy5Dock ,

Much more nuance expected

Generally this program airs a much needed insider perspective and expertise on Asia and being Asian relevant to Australian listeners. But the Migrants from China episode was frustrating and would have been much better if a working definition or explanation of “Chineseness” for the purpose of the podcast was included. The interviewer kept trying to “focus” the discussion on”mainland Chinese” while the panel were saying its not straightforward- as are most issues with identity. What do you call students who came to Australia in primary school and feel more “Aussie” than Chinese? or older Shanhainese glad to be able to speak their language and to call themselves Shanghainese having once been barred from doing so? Or Uighurs? Or Mongolians? Nuance rather than categorisation please

Podcast Koala ,

Ear to Asia is really good

Ear to Asia is an excellent podcast for those interested in the changing face of Asia. It frequently discusses the back story to events that make the headlines in our 24/7 news cycle. It also has stories that main stream media seldom covers. Ear to Asia unpacks the complexities of a region in flux without dumbing down. If you're interested in discovering Asia, and trying to understand what makes it tick, subscribe to Ear to Asia. I enjoy it immensely and highly recommend it.

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