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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 researchers to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world.

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    • 4.6 • 25 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 researchers to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world.

Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

    India's soft power push with vaccine diplomacy

    India's soft power push with vaccine diplomacy

    India is the world's largest donor of COVID-19 vaccines despite having the world's second highest caseload of coronavirus. What are India's motivations for this bold move? Will India have enough vaccines for its 1.3+ billion people, and what does India's apparent generosity say about the vaccine nationalism of the west? Political scientist Dr Pradeep Taneja and health policy researcher Dr Azad Bali join presenter Ali Moore to examine India's vaccine diplomacy.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual - the Podcasting Specialists
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 41 min
    Sexual citizenship and Asian migration to Australia

    Sexual citizenship and Asian migration to Australia

    How do people at the intersection of LGBTQIA+ and Asian ethnicity fare when migrating to Australia, why do they choose to make their lives here, and what challenges do they face as they seek genuine inclusion? Associate Prof Claire Maree and Dr Jay Song, both of Asia Institute, examine their lived experiences and life challenges. Presented by Ali Moore.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual the Podcasting Specialists.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 39 min
    Migrants from China grappling with acceptance in Australia

    Migrants from China grappling with acceptance in Australia

    While the majority of the 650,000+ China-born people living in Australia are here permanently, most choose to forgo Australian citizenship. So how do members of Australia's mainland Chinese community view themselves, and how are they viewed by others -- particularly now that the relationship between Canberra and Beijing is at an ebb? Asia Institute researchers Dr Sow Keat Tok and Dr Qiuping Pan examine the lived experiences of this group with presenter Ali Moore.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual - the Podcasting Specialists.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 44 min
    The fate of China's many languages

    The fate of China's many languages

    Although Mandarin is the national language of China, it remains incomprehensible to 20% of the population. Beijing is now pushing the use of Mandarin hard among ethnic minorities, but while fluency in the common tongue brings economic benefits, what is the cost to the native languages and identities of those affected? Dr Lewis Mayo and Dr Gerald Roche discuss the state of play for languages in China. Presented by Peter Clarke.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual - the Podcasting Specialists.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 49 min
    Can Australia do better in its relations with China?

    Can Australia do better in its relations with China?

    China has been punishing Australia via trade sanctions and social media for actions taken by Australia's government that Beijing regards as part of a US-led strategy to contain its rise. How is Australia to balance its loyalty to its longtime ally, the United States, with the demands of its biggest economic partner, the ascendant China? Former Australian ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, examines how Australia can navigate the uncharted waters of a changing global order. Presented by Ali Moore.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual - the Podcasting Specialists.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 44 min
    Why the outrage over Indonesia's new job creation law?

    Why the outrage over Indonesia's new job creation law?

    While Indonesia's new, so-called Job Creation Law was sold to the public as essential to boosting employment by reducing red tape, it has sparked continued outrage among workers, trade unionists, environmentalists and religious organisations. What are the concerns over how this omnibus law was passed, and who are the real winners and losers? Indonesia observers Prof Tim Lindsey and Dr Ian Wilson scrutinize this hallmark legislation with presenter Ali Moore.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual - the Podcasting Specialists.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 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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