Book Chapter

Roller-coaster: The University of Melbourne Experience

Charles Coppel, Paul S Thomas

Talking North: The Journey of Australia's First Asian Language | Monash University Publishing | Published : 2019

Abstract

What makes one nation curious about another nation? Curious enough that the study of the other's culture and language becomes a natural commitment or something that could be described as a national project? This question lies behind much of the writing in this book as it explores the history, education policy and changing fortunes of the Indonesian/Malay language in Australia. While formal education programs are central to this discussion, individual effort and chance encounters with the language are also examined in the context of Australia's evolving historical ties with its near neighbours. These relationships have grown in importance since the end of the Second World War, but Australians..

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