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Transnational connectivity is here to stay. How we understand and deal with it is crucial

Although somewhat disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and public health responses, globalisation has resulted in new forms of connectivity across national borders via flows of people, ideas, money and goods.This connectivity is creating groups of people who are dispersed across the world but remain connected to their country of origin – the new diasporas that are globally mobile and transnationally networked.The economic and cultural benefits of utilising the people-to-people links associated with diaspora communities is central to managing the regional opportunities facing Australia in the diverse Indo-Pacific.

To achieve Asia-Literacy Australia needs to make language study compulsory

For decades, Australian governments and institutions have vowed to increase ‘Asia literacy’.Professor Joe Lo Bianco, one of Australia’s most respected experts in language education, says that if Australia really wants to increase its literacy in Asian and other languages it needs to make language learning compulsory in Australian schools. He gave this extended interview to Melbourne Asia Review’s Managing Editor, Cathy Harper.

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