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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.

    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
    What will it take to end the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan?

    What will it take to end the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan?

    After the Taliban wrested power from Afghanistan’s democratically-elected government in August 2021, almost overnight, life for millions of Afghans changed radically and possibly irrevocably. Notably, the rights of women and girls to be educated and to participate in the workforce were stripped away. But the nation was also plunged into a terrible humanitarian crisis with more than a million severely malnourished children, massive unemployment, and runaway inflation. So what caused the sharp decline in living conditions? What can aid agencies like the United Nations Development Programme do to improve the lot of ordinary Afghans? And what will it take to stave off the collapse of Afghanistan? Abdallah Al Dardari, the UNDP’s resident representative in Afghanistan gives us the view from Kabul. Presented by Peter Clarke.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 52 min
    The human cost of South Korea’s era of transnational adoption

    The human cost of South Korea’s era of transnational adoption

    Since the 1950s but peaking in the 1980s, an estimated 200,000 South Korean babies and children have been adopted into mainly white families in western nations, leaving a trail of fractured identities. Why did the South Korean government allow so many of its children to be sent permanently abroad? What have been the fates of the adoptees, some now well into middle age? And how are some adoptees working to reconnect themselves to the land and culture of their birth? South Korea social scientists Assoc Prof Eleana Kim and Dr Ryan Gustaffson examine the legacy of the transnational adoption program with host Peter Clarke.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 58 min
    Contrasting memories of Japanese colonisation in Korea and Taiwan

    Contrasting memories of Japanese colonisation in Korea and Taiwan

    Taiwan and Korea were colonised by Imperial Japan for much of the first half of the 20th century, and liberated only after Japan surrendered to allied forces in 1945. While North and South Korea continue to share a deep resentment towards Japan, Taiwan exhibits a more positive attitude towards their former coloniser. Why is there such a stark difference in attitude towards Japan, and what present-day political ends do the differing narratives serve? Korea historian Prof Kyung Moon Hwang and Asia historian Dr Lewis Mayo examine the ongoing legacy of Japanese colonization. Presented by Jane Hutcheon.
    An Asia Institute podcast.
    Produced and edited by Profactual.
    Music by audionautix.com.

    • 52 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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