Research

The decline of China and India

China and India might be regarded as this century’s rising powers, but in the globalisation of research and development their leverage vis-à-vis the United States is declining.

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Peace with a price tag

In the India-Myanmar borderlands, governments seek to buy peace from rebellious ethnic groups.

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The difficult position of 'yoga fiction'

As 'yoga fiction' floods the literary marketplace, it changes the way we think about one of India’s most popular cultural exports, paradoxically making India both more and less visible.

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Asia Pacific ideas

Our College has some big thinkers and some big ideas about Asia and the Pacific. Below you’ll find a selection of some our most remarkable findings. It’s a tasty selection of ideas to get you thinking... and exploring, commenting on and sharing.

Asian language learners not going native

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Western learners of Asian languages often resist speaking as native speakers do.

India: a democracy or not?

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India is a democracy… but not quite a democracy. It is a nation… but not really.

The PNG sweet potato mystery

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In Papua New Guinea the staple food crop of sweet potato sometimes becomes scarce - with no apparent cause. Research over the course of a decade discovered why.

Strong states fading out across Asia

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From Myanmar to South Korea, Indonesia to China, the once strong states of Asia are fading.

Humanitarian war in Ancient China

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The idea of military intervention to protect populations from tyranny has a long history, not limited to the West.

The eternal division of Korea?

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Ethnic ties are increasingly irrelevant for young people in their conception of the South Korean nation.

Saving your sashimi

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Current stocks of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery are in danger. A new harvest target, maximum economic yield (MEY), can reverse this trend.

The environment shapes traditional knowledge

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Traditional cultures rely on their environment for the transmission of knowledge.

The difficult position of 'yoga fiction'

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As 'yoga fiction' floods the literary marketplace, it changes the way we think about one of India’s most popular cultural exports, paradoxically making India both more and less visible.

Australia can defend itself

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By controlling the “ocean moat” that protects our northern approaches, Australia can defend itself without calling on help.

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India: a democracy or not?

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India is a democracy… but not quite a democracy. It is a nation… but not really.

Asian language learners not going native

20
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Western learners of Asian languages often resist speaking as native speakers do.

Humanitarian war in Ancient China

7
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The idea of military intervention to protect populations from tyranny has a long history, not limited to the West.

The decline of China and India

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China and India might be regarded as this century’s rising powers, but in the globalisation of research and development their leverage vis-à-vis the United States is declining.

China: there goes the neighbourhood

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In China, middle-class homeowners engage in ubiquitous ‘not-in-my-back-yard’ (NIMBY) neighbourhood disputes that replicate the political and social practices of the country’s regime.

The environment shapes traditional knowledge

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Traditional cultures rely on their environment for the transmission of knowledge.

The difficult position of 'yoga fiction'

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As 'yoga fiction' floods the literary marketplace, it changes the way we think about one of India’s most popular cultural exports, paradoxically making India both more and less visible.

Islamic art goes Asian

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Contemporary artists are bringing an Asian or multicultural look to Islamic art in order to assert their identity in an increasingly cosmopolitan and global art world.

Hard lessons in soft power

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Increasingly Asian states are investing in public diplomacy, through Facebook, Twitter, traditional media and academic and cultural exchanges, to build “soft power”.

Japan: citizen science vs nuclear crisis

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Fukushima’s ordinary citizens are taking science into their own hands, helping to unravel mysteries that experts failed to solve.

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Strong states fading out across Asia

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From Myanmar to South Korea, Indonesia to China, the once strong states of Asia are fading.

Rethinking economy and democratisation

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It’s usually stated as fact that economic growth leads to democratisation. However when we consider democratisation as a strategic outcome, the opposite is true.

When is trust more important than money?

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When it comes to winning votes, it’s the economy, stupid. But economic performance does not correlate with democratic support. When it comes to democracy itself, political trust outweighs economic conditions.

Saving your sashimi

4
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Current stocks of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery are in danger. A new harvest target, maximum economic yield (MEY), can reverse this trend.

Decentralised conservation: money talks

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To improve conservation, decentralised systems must take financial motivations into consideration.

Asia’s middle-income peasants

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The popular image of Asian peasantry is no longer a useful one for understanding the political dynamic in much of the region.

Finding holes in the social safety net

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Where there’s high economic growth and widespread under-nutrition we can’t assume that the implementation of workfare programs will actually improve nutrition.

China: globalising or nationalising?

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The popular image of “modern” China emphasises how the country is globalising. But this emphasis masks the importance of nation-building.

G20 SOS: seeking urgent PR makeover

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As Australia prepares to host the G20 leaders in 2014, questions remain over the effectiveness of the organisation.

Under control? Chernobyl and Fukushima

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While there are undeniable differences between late capitalist Japan and the Soviet Union, the techniques to conceal the public health risks of radiation are disturbingly familiar.

The decline of China and India

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China and India might be regarded as this century’s rising powers, but in the globalisation of research and development their leverage vis-à-vis the United States is declining.

Will climate change alter IP policy?

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The current valuing of traditional knowledge to cope with the effects of climate change may be the catalyst for more indigenous intellectual property policies being adopted.

The environment shapes traditional knowledge

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Traditional cultures rely on their environment for the transmission of knowledge.

New Guinea is as Asian as it is Pacific

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What do you get when the divide between ‘Pacific’ and ‘Asia’ isn’t a divide at all?

The PNG sweet potato mystery

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In Papua New Guinea the staple food crop of sweet potato sometimes becomes scarce - with no apparent cause. Research over the course of a decade discovered why.

Japan: citizen science vs nuclear crisis

6
likes
Fukushima’s ordinary citizens are taking science into their own hands, helping to unravel mysteries that experts failed to solve.

Saving your sashimi

4
likes
Current stocks of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery are in danger. A new harvest target, maximum economic yield (MEY), can reverse this trend.

Decentralised conservation: money talks

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To improve conservation, decentralised systems must take financial motivations into consideration.

Towards truly sustainable cities

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Exempting existing buildings from regulatory changes allows for a major weak link in achieving truly sustainable cities.

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Humanitarian war in Ancient China

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The idea of military intervention to protect populations from tyranny has a long history, not limited to the West.

Under control? Chernobyl and Fukushima

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While there are undeniable differences between late capitalist Japan and the Soviet Union, the techniques to conceal the public health risks of radiation are disturbingly familiar.

The decline of China and India

453
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China and India might be regarded as this century’s rising powers, but in the globalisation of research and development their leverage vis-à-vis the United States is declining.

Australia can defend itself

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By controlling the “ocean moat” that protects our northern approaches, Australia can defend itself without calling on help.

Was the first orangutan a cretin?

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When Western observers first encountered a red ape from Indonesia in the 17th century, they named it 'orangutan', from Malay words meaning 'person of the forest'. Yet Malays never used this term.

An Australian suffragette goes to Korea

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Belle Menzies’ life as a suffragist and foreign missionary helped to shape modern womanhood.

Just how Chinese is Chinese philosophy?

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Chinese philosophy is conventionally presented as a system that exported ideas to neighbouring cultures. But what if it was an importer of ideas as well?

Killers flaunt atrocities on film

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The study of the 1965-1966 massacres in Indonesia can never be the same again following the release of the film The Act of Killing (2012).

Telling The China Story

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Strong unified states, and their opponents, often project national narratives in terms of historical destiny.

Nuclear war can't be controlled

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Command and Control systems can't be relied upon to prevent an all-out nuclear exchange.

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India: a democracy or not?

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India is a democracy… but not quite a democracy. It is a nation… but not really.

Strong states fading out across Asia

3
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From Myanmar to South Korea, Indonesia to China, the once strong states of Asia are fading.

Humanitarian war in Ancient China

7
likes
The idea of military intervention to protect populations from tyranny has a long history, not limited to the West.

Under control? Chernobyl and Fukushima

3
likes
While there are undeniable differences between late capitalist Japan and the Soviet Union, the techniques to conceal the public health risks of radiation are disturbingly familiar.

The decline of China and India

453
likes
China and India might be regarded as this century’s rising powers, but in the globalisation of research and development their leverage vis-à-vis the United States is declining.

Peace with a price tag

6
likes
In the India-Myanmar borderlands, governments seek to buy peace from rebellious ethnic groups.

China: there goes the neighbourhood

2
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In China, middle-class homeowners engage in ubiquitous ‘not-in-my-back-yard’ (NIMBY) neighbourhood disputes that replicate the political and social practices of the country’s regime.

New Guinea is as Asian as it is Pacific

7
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What do you get when the divide between ‘Pacific’ and ‘Asia’ isn’t a divide at all?

Rethinking economy and democratisation

4
likes
It’s usually stated as fact that economic growth leads to democratisation. However when we consider democratisation as a strategic outcome, the opposite is true.

When is trust more important than money?

2
likes
When it comes to winning votes, it’s the economy, stupid. But economic performance does not correlate with democratic support. When it comes to democracy itself, political trust outweighs economic conditions.

Pages

Strong states fading out across Asia

3
likes
From Myanmar to South Korea, Indonesia to China, the once strong states of Asia are fading.

Australia can defend itself

9
likes
By controlling the “ocean moat” that protects our northern approaches, Australia can defend itself without calling on help.

Will climate change alter IP policy?

2
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The current valuing of traditional knowledge to cope with the effects of climate change may be the catalyst for more indigenous intellectual property policies being adopted.

Are we trading women's rights for peace?

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In Afghanistan, human rights advocates speak of women’s rights being ‘traded away’.

Peace no relief for Timorese women

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Timorese women fought and suffered for independence from Indonesian occupation, but that suffering didn’t end when formal peace was achieved.

Paramilitaries make me nervous

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Armed paramilitaries are part of the problem rather than the solution in Thailand's insecure areas.

Torture is okay under Anglo-Indian law

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While formally prohibited in Anglo-Indian law, torture is institutionalised in British post-colonial states.

Whose rule of law in Muslim Mindanao?

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The Philippines is an Asian rule of law success story. But the real test comes in 2013-14, when the Acquino administration finalises a peace settlement with separatists in Mindanao.

Deputy vice-chancellors have their uses

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Multinational pharmaceutical corporations with a 'Vice President Responsible for Going to Jail'.

Towards truly sustainable cities

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Exempting existing buildings from regulatory changes allows for a major weak link in achieving truly sustainable cities.

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