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The podcast of La Trobe Asia which takes a critical look at the key issues facing Asia's states and societies.

Asia Rising La Trobe University

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    • 4.7, 12 Ratings

The podcast of La Trobe Asia which takes a critical look at the key issues facing Asia's states and societies.

    #143: Vietnam and the Covid-19 Crisis

    #143: Vietnam and the Covid-19 Crisis

    Countries in Asia are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis differently, and Vietnam has been widely praised in its apparent success. But is this success down to luck, or tight government control?

    Guest:
    Bill Hayton (Author of Vietnam: Rising Dragon (2010), his forthcoming book is The Invention of China (2020).

    • 25 min
    Webinar: How Asia Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pandemic

    Webinar: How Asia Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pandemic

    While much of the world is still in the grips of a tumultuous pandemic, areas of Asia are in recovery and planning for the year ahead, albeit at a cautious pace. China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia are executing roadmaps for economic recovery, and there are signs that some countries will benefit at the expense of distracted western democracies.

    How does the next year look for the region? Will Asia emerge from the pandemic region stronger, and have a bolder China to contend with?

    In this La Trobe Asia webinar we will be joined panel of experts to discuss Asia’s pandemic recovery.

    Panel:
    Tanvi Madan (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute)
    Bill Hayton (Associate Fellow, Chatham House Asia-Pacific)
    Nick Bisley (Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University)
    Chair: Bec Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia)

    Webinar held on 14 May, 2020.

    • 59 min
    #142: Uyghur Forced Labour in China

    #142: Uyghur Forced Labour in China

    Since 2017, more than a million Uyghurs and members of other Turkic Muslim minorities have disappeared into a vast network of ‘re-education camps’ in the far west region of Xinjiang in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide.

    Now it appears that plans have entered a new phase, as government officials now claim that all ‘trainees’ have ‘graduated’. There is mounting evidence that many Uyghurs are now being forced to work in factories within Xinjiang.

    Guest:
    Associate Professor James Leibold (Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University)

    • 25 min
    #141: Asia in Lockdown

    #141: Asia in Lockdown

    Asia has been coping with the coronavirus in a variety of ways. Some regions, such as China, Hong Kong and South Korea, have reached a point where they are living with it. Others, such as India, Indonesia and the Philippines, are just emerging with cases, and due to low testing it’s hard to get a full picture of the situation.

    In this episode of Asia Rising, we will hear from three countries in lockdown.

    Guests:
    Professor Paul Yip (Centre of Suicide Research and Prevention, Hong Kong University)
    Sea-Young Kim (East Asia Institute, Seoul, South Korea)
    Dr Sandesha Rayapa (Linguistic Empowerment Cell, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

    • 26 min
    #140: Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

    #140: Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

    The South China Seas comprises a large international body of water south of Taiwan. There are island and maritime claims from a number of sovereign states in the region, and is economically important as a commercial gateway for merchant shipping.

    While much has been said on the arena of competition between the US and China, much less ink has been spilt on comparing the approaches of regional non-claimant states - Australia, India, South Korea and Japan - who all make the South China Seas their business. These states are often described as 'like-minded states' - are they?

    Guest:
    Dr Rebecca Strating (Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Executive Director of La Trobe Asia)

    Recorded 19 March, 2020.

    • 23 min
    Webinar: Uyghurs for Sale

    Webinar: Uyghurs for Sale

    Since 2017, more than a million Uyghurs and members of other Turkic Muslim minorities have disappeared into a vast network of ‘re-education camps’ in the far west region of Xinjiang, China, in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide.

    The ‘re-education' appears to be entering a new phase, as government officials now claim that all ‘trainees’ have ‘graduated’. There is mounting evidence that many Uyghurs are now being forced to work in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.

    In this La Trobe Asia webinar we will be joined panel of experts who have investigated and reported on the Uyghur forced labour.

    Panel:
    Associate Professor James Leibold (Head of Department - Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University)
    Vicky Xiuzhong Xu (Researcher, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI))
    Anna Fifield (Journalist for The Washington Post)

    Chair:
    Bec Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia)

    Recorded 9th April 2020.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Smell what the Brock is cookin ,

Lots of good info

I'm a Yank and thus suffer from an extremely inward-facing and myopic news media, so there aren't a lot of ways for me to learn about the contemporary Asian political landscape. It's been a joy listening to Asia Rising the past few years. I've learned a ton about India under modi, water rights along the Himalayas, the aftemath of the recent Thai coup, and all sorts of other interesting topics. Matt Smith and the various other hosts do well to bring out the best of their many interesting guests. I learn something new everytime I listen, which pleases me to no end. Highly recommended.

Mikka R. ,

Sponsored by China?

Caveat emptor: this podcast presents some balanced viewpoints and others which come straight from the PRC propaganda. Many speakers simply refuse to acknowledge China’s influence operations in Australia as a danger or their influence over ASEAN members as a concern. Maybe because their livelihoods depend on not seeing it?

ClarkDN ,

The world through their eyes

Asia can be enigmatic for those in the west like myself. This podcasts brings in experts on various topics and really makes the complicated understandable. Very nice production! La Trobe is an Australian university, which gives them a unique perspective and voice.

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