By David Walker, Agnieszka Sobocinska
To imagine that Australia is confronting Asia for the 1st time within the twenty first century is to disclaim Australia's historical past and the self-awareness that comes from knowing that the rustic has been right here earlier than. Asia seems to be all through glossy Australian historical past as a resource of tension or wish. it's been a presence either inside of and outdoors Australia, shaping who Australians are, in addition to the country's engagement with the broader international. This ebook assembles a magnificent workforce of students throughout various disciplines to provide a greatly conceived cultural heritage that areas Asia at or close to the heart of Australia's nationwide tale. *** "Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century captures the essence of the pendulum swings that experience characterised Australian methods to Asia over the last century and a part. ... The editors have performed a first class task in assembling fine quality chapters that make a huge contribution to the prevailing literature on Australia and Asia. ... additionally, this e-book tells a major tale in regards to the function and influence of people -- not only elites, yet in lots of circumstances usual voters -- in development Australia's kinfolk with Asia. it's a helpful therapy to the ahistorical procedure of such a lot of of the debates inside Australia over nearby engagement and is an invaluable textual content for these open air Australia attracted to buying insights into what motivates the country's method of its region." - Pacific Affairs, Vol. 87, No. four, December 2014Ëœ
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The selves Deakin kept from the public realm erupted in motley shapes, as when he played journalist for the Londonbased Morning Post. He anonymously sent regular reports and analyses of Australian policies and politicians, himself among them, from 1901 to 1914. 12 He relished mystery and anonymity. 14 Deakin, as retrieved from his biographies and diaries, is a remarkable collage of plural assertions, elisions and paradoxes. He is a politician who writes privately in order to catharsise and unmask, but who needs masks and sustains them with a Puckish thrill, as in the Morning Post episode, though he bewilders colleagues with his frankness; a man who self-experiments as a medium, fantasises about the potential androgyny and genderfluidity of a higher existence and yet invests in the notion of a hyper-masculine nation; and ‘Affable Alfred’ who closets certain selves and stories and though global in his reading and quest for the sacred, could appear phobic about any ‘unclean’ colour streaking the pure white of Australia.
On the surface, Deakin’s interest in India spoke of his admiration for the rational nation building of the British Raj. The British had succeeded in taming ‘native’ Indian disorder and turmoil, colour and chaos. In his admiration for this model, Deakin reveals a desire to emulate it, and overlay Australia’s troubling Aboriginal and convict pasts with the rational enterprise that was Federation. Yet Deakin’s writing also betrays a secret attraction to the sensuality of ‘native’ India. This closeted seduction betrays a less rational underside to the nation-building project of white Australia.
Indd 27 29/08/12 1:45 PM Australia’s Asia The passengers of the Glamis Castle shared these hopes but their welcome to Australia was less than auspicious. They were met by a mob agitated by the Chinese reputation for undercutting wages and destroying employment conditions. The mob was also disturbed by their strange appearance and foreign customs. 2 At that time, many Australians thought of their nation as free, clean, vigorous and white. 3 The proximity of China and its large population made many Australians worry that their society would be overrun by the Chinese and contaminated by their supposed vices of industrial ‘sweating’, gambling, sexual deviation, lack of sanitation and opium use.
Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century by David Walker, Agnieszka Sobocinska