Beyond Consumasia: The neglected challenges

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    Abstract

    The issue of engaging with Asia raises a question posed by Mahatma Gandhi almost 70 years ago: ‘Which Asia?’ In March 1947, the first major postwar Asian gathering, the Asian Relations Conference, was held in New Delhi to ‘foster mutual contact and understanding’ among the nations of the region. One of the speakers was Gandhi, who addressed the closing session. When first invited to this meeting of representatives from all over Asia, though, Gandhi’s characteristic response had been to pose a question: which Asia, he asked, would be present at the conference (cited in Samaddar 1996: 40). Reading the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, I found myself recalling Gandhi’s question. The White Paper’s executive summary begins with a series of ringing declarations
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe social sciences in the Asian century
    Editors C Johnson, V Mackie, T Morris-Suzuki
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU Press
    Pages117-130
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781925022599
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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