Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century by David Walker, Agnieszka Sobocinska PDF

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 background and the self-awareness that comes from figuring out that the rustic has been right here prior to. Asia seems to be all through smooth Australian historical past as a resource of hysteria or wish. it's been a presence either inside of and out of doors Australia, shaping who Australians are, in addition to the country's engagement with the broader international. This booklet assembles a magnificent workforce of students throughout a number of disciplines to give a generally conceived cultural heritage that locations 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 ways to Asia during the last century and a part. ... The editors have performed a first class task in assembling top quality chapters that make an incredible contribution to the present literature on Australia and Asia. ... in addition, this e-book tells an immense tale concerning the position and effect of people -- not only elites, yet in lots of instances traditional voters -- in development Australia's family members with Asia. it's a worthwhile treatment to the ahistorical procedure of such a lot of of the debates inside of Australia over neighborhood engagement and is an invaluable textual content for these open air Australia drawn to buying insights into what motivates the country's method of its region." - Pacific Affairs, Vol. 87, No. four, December 2014˜

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35 The Bulletin’s attack on Parkes was echoed by the Australasian Medical Gazette. Its editor, Dr Frederick Milford, described the state of public health in the colony as ‘conspicuous for her wants of medical and sanitary legislation’, being ‘the only one of the group of the Australian colonies which is without a Health Act and a Board of Health’. Milford might have added that, prior to the epidemic, the authorities had largely ignored mass vaccination and urban sanitation. In addition, New South Wales had no ambulance service or functioning medical school and its only metropolitan hospital was obsolete and in a decrepit state.

10 Ironically, Deakin had joined the theosophical movement, rooted in India and Buddhism, in February 1894. The theosophical movement challenged many concepts of racial exclusivity and, to the chagrin of mainstream opinion, its presence in Australia suggested a troubling pro-Asian stance. 11 Theosophy was an awkward association for a young Australian parliamentarian. Publicly, Deakin was a political rather than spiritual man, but privately he explored an eclectic faith, with journal entries on Buddha, Mohammad, Jesus and the Upanishads.

Lake and H. Reynolds, Drawing the Global Colour Line: white men’s countries and the question of racial equality, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008. 41 K. Windschuttle, The White Australia Policy, Macleay Press, Sydney, 2004. 42 D. Walker, Anxious Nation; C. Price, The Great White Walls are Built: restrictive immigration to North America and Australasia 1836–1888, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1974. 43 ‘Evidence of John Collins, minutes of evidence taken before the Committee on Immigration, Indian and British into New South Wales’, NSW LC V&P, 1837, p.

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