Sample donated: Pat Lloyd
Last updated: September 28, 2019
Continuingto Take advantage of the Asian century will no doubt have a positive effect onAustralia and its economy. Australia has been involved with Asia for quite sometime but now more than ever and it is vital for Australia to maintain thisrelationship throughout continuously changing its cultural identity so thatAustralia as a nation can see successful economic progress.
The best way, I believe,to achieve a cultural identity that will link us to Asia stronger than ever isthrough “Asia literacy” which is the “study of skills, histories, cultures andgeographies of the Asia region” (Leong 2017). In the following paragraphs, I will furtherexplain why Australia should continue to change its culture identity and how. Today,Asia, being home to two thirds of the worlds population has a very stronginfluence on the world and especially on Australia. With time Asia will surelyrise to become the largest producer and consumer in the world (Australian curriculum).About 70% of Australia’s exports are from Asia which is what has linked us so closelyin the past.
But now we must make more of the Asian century, according to henry(2012) the global centre of the world is steering to Asia and Australia, thelucky country, happens to be exactly in that region. However, in order to takeadvantage of Asia’s economic rise Australia must firstly strengthen itsrelationship with Asia which can be done through the changing of our culturalidentity. There is no better way to start a change in cultural identity butthrough the education system. A key requirement to be taught is the Asialiteracy concept (Australian curriculum) through this Australia will be able tocome forward with a strong stance to the Asian region which will in turn allowAustralia to take advantage of the opportunities present in the region (ABC2012).
Through the use of education the government will be made sure that notonly will young Australians learn bout Australia and asias past historytogether but also be able to see the similarities instead of differences of “us”and “them, through education one is able to provide a shift in cultural identitythat wil surely enlarge their knowledge of asia and what benefits we have beinglocated in the Asian region in the Asian century which will increase the chanceof successful participation in the Asian century (Australian curriculum). ManyAustralians may not support changing our cultural identity to further takeadvantage of the Asian century due to our negative perceptions of the people ofAsia in our history. However, the benefits Australia will gain due to its closerelationship with Asia cannot be emphasized enough as due to Australia’sgeographic location, it is permanently tied to Asia (Henry 2012). For thisreason being part of the Asian century is surely a path to future success forthe nation and it is very important that Australia does not get left behind inthe Asian century (Johnson 2010). When we change our cultural identity we areable to become more included into our region, after all we are in Asia, we may “look”different and speak languages that are black and white in their differences butwe must look to include ourselves more to our region, Australia must createties with Asia that are even stronger than its ties to the US. Recently Australia’sattitude towards china Is growing increasingly friendlier with china than it iswith the US, especially with the youth.
And this link isn’t just one way, China alsoinvests plenty in Australia with over 200,000 thousand students enrolled in itsuniversities each year and in 2016 1.2mil Chinese tourists visited Australia (ABS).therefore, not only must we change how we are taught about Asia in schools butwe must also teach Asian languages so that we are able to take advantage in ourfull potential (Henry 2012). By learning Asia literacy the youth of Australiawill overtime acquire enough information about Asia and language to then beable to implement these teachings and skills to communicate, understand andeven work in Asia (Australian curriculum).