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INTRODUCTION – Changing one’s world view: the potentially transformative power of Asian language(s) and culture(s)
Learning an Asian language can serve as a bulwark against rising nationalism and xenophobia.
INTERVIEW: Is Asian Studies and ‘Asia literacy’ in crisis in Australia and what is its future?
Government needs to signal to universities that Asia literacy is a skill-set employers want.
Australia would be a better regional neighbour if it were better at Asian languages
Enrolments in Asian language programs in Australia are too low. A look at why Japanese has been so successful may help.
Learning Asian languages is about much more than trade and employability and universities should convey this
Australian universities should play an important role in articulating the educational value of foreign language learning beyond the ‘employability’ discourse.
Australia needs to make languages compulsory
If Australia really wants to increase its literacy in Asian and other languages it needs to make language learning compulsory in Australian schools.