IIAS Newsletter 48 Summer 2008

Asia from 'Down Under': regionalism and global cultural change

Ien Ang

The decision of Great Britain in the early 1960s to join the European Economic Community provoked a sense of crisis in Australia, a realisation that it could no longer rely on its membership of the Commonwealth as a defining feature of its place in the world. If Britain was becoming part of Europe, where could Australia go? Nowhere else, so it would seem, but Asia... But what kind of proposition is this? How on earth can Australia be part of Asia? Ien Ang uses the 2008 Wertheim Lecture to shed light on this conundrum.

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