ISN Issue 66
Welcome to Issue 66 - third issue for 2012.
"We are supposed to be adapting to the Asian century, yet Australians’ study of foreign languages, especially Asian languages, is in precipitous decline.
The proportion of Year 12 students studying a foreign language has dropped from about 40 per cent in the 1960s to about 12 per cent now.
There are now only about 300 Year 12 Mandarin students who aren’t of Chinese-heritage.
Since 2001, there has been a 21 per cent decline in the numbers studying Japanese and a 40 per cent decline in the numbers studying Indonesian.
If Australians are to make their way in the world, we cannot rely on other people speaking our language.
Starting in pre-school every student should have an exposure to foreign languages.
This will be a generational shift because foreign language speakers will have to be mobilised and because teachers take time to be trained. [...]
My commitment tonight is to work urgently with the states to ensure that at least 40 per cent of Year 12 students are once more taking a language other than English within a decade." Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of Federal Opposition, Budget Reply Speech, 10 May 2012
Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of Asian History, Australian National University
The "Asian Century" does not call for a reinvention of the Australian community - we would be wrong to fear an assault on our national values and institutions.
But it is necessary to assess our national skill-set and our mental preparation. What we have now is an Australian community in which almost no one learns an Asian language, and the study of Asian societies and histories is virtually ignored in our schools. This cannot be a good basis for the task ahead. Read the full article.
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The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
Issue 66 September - December 2012
- Australia’s destiny in the Asian Century (Part 1 and Part 2 )Kishore Mahbubani, Canberra | Opinion |07 Sept 2012, reprodcued in Jakarta Post
- Landmark Indonesian Language Course Lost
by Bernard Lane The Australian 18 Sept 19, 2012
- Julie Bishop Rebukes Gillard over Indonesian Language Closure Bernard Lane, Australian 19 Sept 19, 2012
- Bishop links language with diplomacy
Bernard Lane The Australian 20 Sept, 2012
- Unleashing Indonesia's potential
in Lowy Institute Interpreter 20 Sept 2012 by Arief Budiman, principal at McKinsey & Company and Raoul Oberman, Director.
- The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia's potential Report from McKinsey Global InstituteSeptember 2012 by Raoul Oberman, Richard Dobbs, Arief Budiman, Fraser Thompson and Morten Rossé [Exec Summary and Full report downloadable]
Innovation in government: Indonesia and Colombia To become more responsive and effective, governments are experimenting with the way they monitor services (Indonesia) and work with the private sector to expand the economy (Colombia).McKinsey Report FEBRUARY 2012 [register to access]
- Free Public Lecture: Islam and the Mainstreaming of Intolerance in Indonesia under SBY: Influence on the fate of the minorities. 1 Nov 2012 1pm Sidney Myer Asia Centre University of Melbourne
- Newly established Australia Asia Research and Education Foundation (AAREF) including the journal Language Culture and Society
- THE WHITE PAPER Australia in the Asian Century launched by the PM 28 Oct 2012
- View Prime Minister Julia Gillard's launch of the White Paper at the Lowy Institute 28 Oct 2012 on ABC TV 24
- Mind your language Tim Lindsey 30 Oct 30, 2012 The big vision's all very well but will we spend up big time to salvage Asian studies before time runs out
- More than 10 000 Australian students AsiaBound Minister Chris Evans
31 Oct 2012
- Australian talent scouts on the hunt for contemporary Indonesian artists Lateline ABC TV 1 Nov 2012
- Opportunity knocks, but the door has to open both ways Ross Gittins The Age 31 Oct 2012
- Australia Is Coming to Asia, Speaking Asian Languages By Dewi Anggraeni, The Jakarta Post, 2 Nov 2012
- See Adrian Vickers and David Hill Facebook pages for many other links to White Paper Commentary
- Indonesia in the Asian century Victoria University Wed 31 Oct 12. Southeast Asian experts discuss the state of Indonesian politics in a public seminar at Victoria University. "Despite current clamour about facing an 'Asian Century', serious public discussion on what is happening in Indonesia is close to nil in Australia," said seminar convenor Dr Max Lane
- Unis to help fund more study in Asia
by Bernard Lane, 5 Nov 12, The Australian
- ANDREW O’NEIL
Asia paper long on vision, short on detail 30 OCT 2012
- Australia in the Asian Century White Paper: a generational reboot by Donna Weeks
- Jayasuriya plugging-into-asia-must-go-far-beyond-trade
- Treasury PANEL DISCUSSION: SESSION 4 - VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT
- Public Forum: The Prospects for Peace in West Papua 7 Nov at Victoria University. Octo Mote is a former journalist at Kompas, in exile in US since 1999, Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law. Contact Richard Chauvel at Vic U.
Oldies but goodies
- Herb Feith Memorial Lecture by David Hill, 1 Aug 2012 at Uni. Melbourne
- Dr Ken Henry
Speech to the 2012 Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
13 July 2012 on the forthcoming White Paper "Australia's Future in the Asian Century" [full details at http://asiancentury.dpmc.gov.au/]
- DARMASISWA SCHOLARSHIPS via the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. One year at an Indonesian institution studying the area of your choice (national and regional languages, music, dance, arts, etc) Dr. Agus Sartono, the new Education and Cultural Attaché has fifty scholarships to allocate and is keen to hear from applicants at any time. Further Darmasiswa Information is available at http://darmasiswa.depdiknas.org/It's a once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing experience!
Relevant reading in past issues for students, teachers, scholars, lobbyists, citizens,.
Issue 65,Issue 64, Issue 63, Issue 62 Issue 61, 60, 59, 58, 57, 56, 55, 54, 53, 52, 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44,43,42, 41, 40,39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26
ASILE 2012 and KIPBIPA VIII at UKSW in Salatiga ASILE: 1-4 October 2012
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Era Baru, Semangat Baru: Peningkatan intensitas kerja sama program BIPA di Dalam dan Luar Negeri
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Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
19th Biennial Conference 2012
The University of Western Sydney
11 - 14 July 2012
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ASILE 2010: June 2010 flyer
Maju Bersama - Lanjutkan!
Collaboration and Other Learning Initiatives
Venue: UNSW@ADFA, Campbell, ACT
Dates: 29-30 September 2010 (followed by FREE Indonesia Update @ANU 1-2 October)
Registration: $225, early bird $200
ASILE home at wikispaces
ASILE 2009 Homepage
at MLTA NSW
ASILE 2009 archive (slideshare)
also D Reeve's on methodology
ASILE 2007 Conference Proceedings
from the Sunshine Coast
and selected archived presentations from previous ASILE conferences at WACANA
State and Territory Associations of Teachers of Indonesian
INTAN South Australia
WILTA Western Australia
Balai Bahasa Perth
ITA NSW NSW