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Why the history and context of words are important – the example of ‘xiansheng’
Unless language students are taught the history and context of words, cultural misunderstanding occurs.
The importance of fitting society and culture into Australian university language courses
Language learning should facilitate cultural understanding and this requires contentious aspects of culture to be examined.
INTRODUCTION: The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific
The war in Ukraine has thrown into relief the prospects for peace in the Indo-Pacific.
INTERVIEW: Know thy neighbours—Asian Australian Studies helps you know thyself
COVID-19 is having a significant impact on Australia’s complex social and cultural relationship with Asia and its own Asian Australian communities.
How religion, geography and demography shape Pakistan’s state, society and politics
Pakistan’s politics is shaped by weak political institutions and a strident relationship between government and military. But religion and other factors also play a significant role.