Experiencing Turbulence: Asia in the Australian Imaginary


David Walker

x, 260 p.2013

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9789350183533(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 93-5018-353-6(Hardbound)

https://amzn.to/2ToC3Wd INR 995.00

LC Subject heading:

1. Asia–Study and teaching–Australia. 

2. Asians—Race identity–Australia. 

3. Asia–Relations–Australia. 

4. Australia–Relations–Asia.

BISAC Subject: POL011020 / POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs

About the Book:-

Over the last century and a half the competing  merits of withdrawal  from and connection  to  Asia—and  the  related   vocabularies   of  separation   and engagement—have been defining themes  in Australian history. Experiencing Turbulence   brings  together   a  selection  of  publications  on  Australian representation of Asia, published in various journals and books in the last ten years that follow the publication of Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850  to 1939.  Collectively  they address  key themes  in the  Australian response   to  Asia:  survivalist  anxieties,  climate  and  race,  population and immigration,  empty  Australia,  gender  and  bush  mythologies,  and  regional identities. These essays reveal the central, often constitutive role that Asia has played in the formation of ideas of nation and identity in Australia from the late nineteenth  century   to  the  present.   The  collection   underlines   the  often unpredictable character   of  engagement  and  the  fluid  nature  of  fear  and fascination, proximity and distance in the Australia-Asia relationship.  With the recent  publication of a government  White  Paper  on  Australia in the  Asian Century there is a new determination to persuade Australians that “rising Asia,” turbulent though it may be, is an opportunity for Australia more than it is a threat.

About the Author:-

David Walker is Alfred Deakin Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University, Victoria. He is a leading cultural historian with a special interest in Australia’s relationship with Asia. His best-known book is Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850 to 1939 published in 1999 and winner of the Ernest Scott prize for History in 2001. Anxious Nation has been translated into Chinese and was released in China in 2009 and an Indian edition was published in the same year by SSS publications, New Delhi, under its CLC Series. A Hindi translation will appear in 2013. His recent book Not Dark Yet (2011) examines sight, memory, family and history. His latest book co-edited with Agnieszka Sobocinska is Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century (UWA Publishing, 2012). Professor Walker has extensive experience in the development of Australian Studies programs in the Peoples Republic of China, India, Japan and Indonesia and held the Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2010. He is a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies, Renmin University, Beijing and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. From 2013 he will take up a new position as the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, Beijing.


Acknowledgements—Preface—Naming Asia: Locating the Region–Australian Dilemmas—The “Flow of Asia”–Vocabularies of Engagement:A Cultural History—Conspicuous Hospitality: Cultivating a New Racial Etiquette in Australia, 1930-1960—Nervous Outsiders: Australia and the 1955 Asia–Africa Conference in Bandung—Cultural Decline and Survivalist Narratives:The Battle for Civilisation—General Cariappa Encounters “White Australia”: Australia, India and the Commonwealth—Godless Heathen: China in the American Bestseller—The Curse of the Tropics—A Sunburnt Country: Reflections on Race, Whiteness and the Geo-politics of Settlement in Australia—A Burra Puzzle—Strange Reading: Keith Windschuttle on Race, Asia and White Australia—Bibliography—Index

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