This subject examines the history of Australia's political, cultural and economic relations with Asia, aiming to provide an understanding of the complex issues involved in Australians' present-day attempt to come to terms with their region. Changing perceptions of Asia are emphasised: from alien source of threat, both 'Yellow Peril' and 'Red Peril', to Asia as a region inextricably bound to Australia's future. Particular attention is given to the roles of race, culture and ideology in Australian attitudes to Asia and to tension in Australia's history between the nation's British and Western cultural heritage and political and economic interests arising from its geographical location in the Asian-Pacific region.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Australia and Asia: an introduction - 'Yellow Peril' and the origins of 'White Australia', c. 1880-1901 - Japan and the problem of Australia's Pacific security, c. 1901-1941 - Australia and the Pacific War, 1941-1945 - Australia and the Cold War in Asia, 1947-1966 - Australia and Indonesia, 1947-1966 - Australia and the Vietnam War - origins of Australian involvement in Vietnam - experience of Australian soldiers in Vietnam - impact of the war on Australia - The transformation of Australian perceptions of Asia, 1970s and 1980s - Australia, Japan and the United States since the 1970s - Australia, Indonesia and China since the 1970s
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