ISN Issue 66
Welcome to Issue 66 - third issue for 2012.

Editor: Phillip Mahnken,
Sunshine Coast

"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

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]
  • 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'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 LOGO ASILE 2009 website

ASILE 2012 and KIPBIPA VIII at UKSW in Salatiga ASILE: 1-4 October 2012
Website :

Era Baru, Semangat Baru: Peningkatan intensitas kerja sama program BIPA di Dalam dan Luar Negeri

Submission of proposals for papers, workshops etc using one door system

Details on payment options for ASILE participants and all information will be updated in the Pendaftaran/Registration page of the website asap

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Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
19th Biennial Conference 2012
The University of Western Sydney
11 - 14 July 2012

Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century

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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

VILTA Victoria

INTAN South Australia

QILTA Quuensland

WILTA Western Australia

Balai Bahasa Perth


ASILE 2009 website