ISN Issue 60
"The good news is that Australia - the only Western society geographically in Asia - is uniquely positioned geographically to benefit from the Asian century. [...] The bad news is that our fast-disappearing Asia literacy is letting us down. The constant public rhetoric in government, business and education of internationalisation and angagement with Asia is just that: rhetoric." [...]
Once properly funded, a new 2020 National Asia Literacy program would have two limbs. The first would be mainstreaming language education. Like it or not, our current low base means the only way the only way we can realistically re-tool quickly enough is to make learning LOTE (Languages Other Than English, both Asian and others) compulsory in our schools
"We have dumbed-down so far that we are unable to speak to the people in our own region in their languages."
Prof. Tim Lindsey, Director, Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne
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The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
Issue 60 September - December 2010
Websites or pages of ongoing value
Relevant reading for students, teachers, scholars, lobbyists, citizens, in past issues.
ASILE 2010: latest flyer June 2010
ASILE 2009 archive (slideshare)
ASILE 2007 Conference Proceedings