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 heritage and the self-awareness that comes from knowing that the rustic has been right here ahead of. Asia looks all through sleek Australian background as a resource of tension 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 publication assembles a powerful workforce of students throughout various disciplines to provide a extensively conceived cultural heritage that areas 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 methods to Asia over the last century and a part. ... The editors have performed a firstclass activity in assembling top of the range chapters that make a tremendous contribution to the prevailing literature on Australia and Asia. ... additionally, this e-book tells an immense tale concerning the position and effect of people -- not only elites, yet in lots of circumstances usual electorate -- in development Australia's relatives with Asia. it's a precious treatment to the ahistorical method of such a lot of of the debates inside of Australia over neighborhood engagement and is an invaluable textual content for these outdoors Australia attracted to buying insights into what motivates the country's method of its region." - Pacific Affairs, Vol. 87, No. four, December 2014Ëœ
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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.
37 Yet again India plays the anti-body on which he aspires to build a secure body of secular sacreds for his dream nation. India generously stages his reluctant fascination with the Britons along with emergent Australian nationalism. Irrigated India, an official panegyric in favour of white agency and superiority, aspires to make invisible ‘real’ India beyond the Raj and its obsequious native servants. Thus, while Deakin lashes out against the morally regressive Bengali babus who protest the rise in the age of consent of girl-brides from ten to twelve, he maintains an ominous silence on the lifelong struggles of social reformers like Ram Mohan Roy (1772–1833) and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820–1891), in effect sweeping aside the vast social reforms taking place in Bengal during the period, including the prohibition of sati (1829) and remarriage of widows (1856).
73. 47 The Bulletin, 25 June 1881, p. 1. 48 Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 1881, p. 3. 49 A. Markus, Fear and Hatred: purifying Australia and California 1850 –1901, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1979, p. 34. 50 M. Willard, History of the White Australia Policy, p. 119. 51 M. Roe, Nine Australian Progressives: vitalism in bourgeois social thought 1890–1960, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1984, p. 6. 52 J. Creed, ‘A Rational White Australia’, Daily Telegraph, 20 July 1905, p. 5. indd 49 29/08/12 1:45 PM ENTANGLED: DEAKIN IN INDIA Ipsita Sengupta1 I f, as Greg Watters has shown, China threatened physical contamination for the last Anglo-Saxon citadel, then India posed an ideological hazard.