Book Chapter

The Australian Asia project

J Lo Bianco, Y Slaughter, G Leitner, A Hashim, H-G Wolf

Communicating with Asia: The Future of English as a Global Language | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2016

Abstract

The Australian project of accommodation to the Asia-Pacific region as the dynamic centre of the world’s economy can now be dated in decades. Successive Federal and State governments have focused on shifting the national consciousness from its predominant, inherited Western cultural dispositions, towards Asia. Driven by the overriding concerns of trade and economic relations, more than $400 million of additional funding has been invested in the prioritization of Asia studies and Asian languages, with considerable additional resources for research, cultural studies, exchanges, etc. Policies and funding have endeavoured to dramatically increase Australia’s ‘Asia literacy’ to aid economic en..

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