Are We Asian Yet?: History vs Geography: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 5

Jonathan Pearlman

Are We Asian Yet?: History vs Geography: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 5
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Are We Asian Yet?: History vs Geography: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 5

Jonathan Pearlman

The fifth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s struggle to define its place in Asia as it balances its historic ties to the West with its geography.

Are We Asian Yet? explores Australia’s changing population, outlook and identity as it adjusts to the Asian Century.


  • David Walker examines Australia’s fears, hopes and anxieties about its place and future in Asia. 
  • Linda Jaivin analyses art, politics and propaganda in the cultural dance between Australia and China. 
  • George Megalogenis discusses how Australia’s ousting of PMs affects the nation’s reputation in Asia.
  • Sarah Teo explores Asian perceptions of Australia and asks whether it can truly be part of the region.
  • Sam Roggeveen proposes that Australia should foster a larger Indonesian diaspora. 
  • Christos Tsiolkas reflects on the complexities of identity politics. 
  • Aarti Betigeri examines the rise of India’s ambitious middle class. 
  • Peter Fray contemplates the imperilled future of truth in politics.


PLUS Correspondence from Alison Broinowski, Jim Molan, Michael Shoebridge and Paul Bracken. 

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