About Face: Asian Accounts of Australia

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Scribe Publications, 2003 - Social Science - 288 pages
"Again and again throughout its history, Australia has found itself on the losing side in an 'image war' with its Asian neighbours. Australia is the 'easy enemy' onto which opinion leaders have projected their criticisms of Western racism, colonialism and globalisation. The more Australia is perceived as telling Asian countries 'what to do', the more resentment such lectures generate. And when Asian leaders are confronted by domestic problems, they conveniently deflect local and international attention by critcising Australia. In the shaping of an Asian regional identity, Australia remains marginalised and isolated. This book reveals the nature of Australia's problem in the region. Partly of Australia's own making, and partly a result of the way Asian opinion-makers choose to represent Australia."- back cover.

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one Heres Looking at You
two Asia without the Caucasians
three Going South to the West

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About the author (2003)

Alison Broinowski is a former Australian diplomat, a visiting fellow in Asian studies at the Australian National University, and the author of "About Face: Asian Accounts of Australia" and "Howard's War." James Wilkinson is a retired U.S. foreign service officer. Morton Abramowitz is a former U.S. diplomat and a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington, DC. Gareth Evans is a former attorney general and a former deputy foreign minister in the Australian government.

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