A Century of Australian Engagement with Asia, Volume 2 - 1970's to 2000
Author: David Goldsworthy,P. G. Edwards
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
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History of Australia's relations with Asia from the 1970s to the present, a companion volume to the first 'Facing North' which chronicled Asian-Australian relations from Federation to the 1970s. Discusses issues of integration over the past four decades as Australia turned to Asia for greater political, social and economic opportunities. Topics covered include regional economic co-operation, human rights diplomacy, Indochina, East Timor, social and cultural engagement and immigration and multiculturalism. Includes photos, notes, bibliography, index and appendices of lists of prime ministers, ministers and secretaries of foreign affairs and trade, overseas Asian representation in Australia, immigration statistics, refugee statistics, AusAID tables, trade statistics and APEC and ASEAN meetings. Foreword by Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer. Edwards is the official historian and general editor of the 'Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian conflicts 1948-75'. Goldsworthy is an honorary professorial fellow in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University.
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Facing North is the first substantial history of Australia's relations with Asia since Federation. Volume 1 chronicles Australian-Asian relations from 1901 to the 1970s and Volume 2 (in preparation) will carry the story through the last decades of the century just ended. Both make extensive use of official government sources and of the private collections of ministers and public servants. Debate about engagement with Asia is not a recent phenomenon. Ever since Federation, Australians in public life have expressed diverse views on our foreign policy and on areas with major domestic consequences, such as immigration. In this volume, Australia faces up to many changes in Asia. Japan, an expanding military power during the 1930s, becomes an economic partner during the 1950s. The Pacific war and decolonisation open Australia's regional horizons - and the Vietnam war necessitates active engagement with Southeast Asia. Failure to recognise China during the 1950s and 1960s shifts after 1972 to a vigorous search for relationship. Other key developments include the initiation of the Colombo Plain in the 1950s, and gradual abolition in the 1960s and 1970s of the White Australia Policy. The story is not a simple one of smoothly evolving engagement. The challenges presented by Asian realities have evoked complex responses, which this history analyses and clarifies. It explains the major changes in official Australian policies towards Asia, together with the broader cultural challenges. Facing North tells us what was done in the past, and why. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand Australia's present relations with Asian countries, and our future choices.
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An antidote to the daily farrago of celebrity lives served up by the media, this book celebrates the true 'homo ordinarius' and his response to personal, natural and man-made challenges. It is a well prepared potpourri lovingly served with gentle humour and a dash of nostalgia. "If you keep facing north, you'll never see the sun rise." These are the words of the character, Three Schools, in the story Facing North. It is the story that gives the collection its name, Facing North - Tales from Bathsheba. It is Three Schools' way of saying that you won't find the right answer, if you are not looking in the right place. This applies to many of the characters in the book of short stories by Barbadian author Edison T. Williams. The ten intriguing stories span almost a century of Barbadian life starting in the 1930s. The stories are told with humour and the insight of someone who understands the nuances of this small Caribbean society. These stories are about the drama of life in a small community. They also deal with the way in which villagers' lives can from time to time be impacted by its transient residents. But the Bathsheba in these stories is more than a small seaside village; it is a microcosm of Barbados. Other writers had this to say about the book: "Reminiscent of some of Mavis Gallant's short fiction... The stories, all good reads, deal with serious current issues of ...politics, economics, race, sex, land appropriation and identity...these are hopeful stories..." (Robert Edison Sandiford author of THE TREE OF YOUTH AND OTHER STORIES). "(Edison T. Williams) is a story teller! He has the technique of gripping the reader from the beginning. (His) endings are classic Somerset Maugham/O. Henry. I have my favourites among the stories, 'Desmond Lola and Bassman' is fascinating...'The New Sybaris' is a riveting read... but I really loved them all." (Peter Laurie, author of MAUBY'S QUEST FOR THE MAGIC FLOWER AND OTHER BOOKS.) ..".an excellent collection of short stories and a couple not so short. Good set of characters that remind me of Steinbeck's Cannery Row...I would love to meet these characters... 'The New Sybaris' is substantial and intricate in describing the many motives involved in a political issue. I liked every story... If I can speak for the public, we want more."(Lennard Sillanpaa, On, Canada, Author of AWAKENING SIBERIA.) This book stands out because the stories are great and the characters memorable.
Category: Short stories, Trinidadian and Tobagonian (English)
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Short Stories. In "Four Taxis Facing North Elizabeth", Walcott-Hackshaw captures the contrasting landscapes of the Caribbean island of Trinidad. She takes us inside the lives of rich and poor Trinidadian families, exploring a world of marital anguish, abandonment and secrets. Women in particular inhabit lonely places from which they are desperately trying to escape. This is a country constantly threatened by violence. The crime, drug abuse and corruption that form a part of everyday life in larger nations become magnified on a small island. The title story constructs an imaginary landscape that envisions a nightmare of possibilities should all the potential for anarchy become a reality. These stories provide a delicately observed view of Trinidadian society as it is today. The legacy of a colonial past echoes alongside the tensions of an island people at a crucial point in their history.
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A novel of awakening and atonement, this exquisitely realised story revisits a seminal boyhood moment as it plays out — with unexpected and sinister consequences — against the backdrop of political upheaval in South Africa. For one long, intense week in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought with it an East-West stand-off and the possibility of nuclear holocaust. On the other side of the globe, in Pretoria, a group of schoolboys scan the horizon for signs that the world is about to end. There is political tension here too, and the power struggles and cruelties of the boys mirror the corruption of a deeply divided country. Paul Harvey – sensitive, isolated, and desperate to fit in at school despite his English heritage – will do whatever is needed to please the class ringleader, Andre du Toit. Now in his sixties and living abroad, Paul is drawn back to South Africa to confront the unexpected and chilling consequences of this seminal boyhood moment – and the part he unwittingly played in the drama that unfolded.
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“Thank you Andrew and Ann Goldman for the persistence that it took to achieve the portraits in Facing North. It is a historic document for Ely, Minnesota that has worldwide interest as a snapshot of a unique northern community. You so accurately captured my friends and neighbors and I will always cherish this book.” —Will Steger “My work as a photojournalist has involved assignments about people and faraway cultures as often as about raw nature. Alas, I always felt there were more stories per square foot in Ely as anywhere else I have been. Look into these Ely faces Goldman has captured with his razor-sharp lens and read the stories in their eyes.” —Jim Brandenburg, from the Foreword Perched on the edge of the northern woods at the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota, holds special meaning for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. But what is it like for the people who live there year-round? Ann and Andrew Goldman offer a revealing portrayal of the unique people who call Ely home. Featuring more than one hundred portraits as well as vivid essays, Facing North tells the story of life in this Northwoods community: its breathtaking beauty, surprisingly diverse character, and complex history. A thriving destination area, Ely is a changing community, yet its traditions remain vibrant and strong. From resort owners and fishermen to canoe makers and artists, Facing North is an evocative tribute to the enduring nature of Ely and its people. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust. Andrew Goldman is a freelance commercial photographer. His clients include ESPN and Playboy Enterprises, and his photographs have appeared on more than forty magazine covers. Ann Goldman is a freelance writer and presenter whose professional background is in museum and nonprofit management. They live in Boulder, Colorado, with their two sons. The work of award-winning nature photographer Jim Brandenburg has been featured in National Geographic magazine since 1978. His many books include Chased by the Light and Looking for the Summer. He lives near Ely, Minnesota, where his work can be seen at Brandenburg Gallery.
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An authoritative analysis of economic performance in Middle Eastern and North African countries are presented by scholars in the region. The papers focus on the implications of changes in the world economy, in the role of the private sector, and in the need for human resource development. Country studies are presented for Egypt, the economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.
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Rose was born into the world facing north, and as a north child, superstition says that she will be a wanderer, travelling far from home. This prophecy is fulfilled when she is taken on the back of a white bear to a mysterious empty castle, where a silent stranger appears to her night after night. When her curiosity overcomes her, she loses her heart, and must journey to a land east of the sun and west of the moon to reclaim it. "An enchanting retelling of a traditional fairytale, this beautifully written story completely swept me away" - Becky Stradwick, Borders UK Shortlisted - Ottakar's Children's Book Prize 2006
Author: Jeffrey A. Blakely,J. Kenneth Eakins,Lawrence E. Toombs,Kevin G. O'Connell
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The Tell el-Hesi site comprises a 25-acre walled city from the Early Bronze III period. It is located on the southeastern edge of the Mediterranean coastal plain, 26 km northeast of Gaza in Israel. Tell el-Hesi was the first Palestinian site at which the principles of ceramic chronology and of stratigraphic excavation were applied and at which the relationship between pottery and stratigraphy was shown to be significant. In 1890 W.M. Flinders Petrie excavated at Hesi and produced a general picture of its occupational history. In 1891-92, F.J. Bliss excavated stratigraphically through each successive level of the mound and identified eleven occupational levels which he grouped into eight strata or "cities". In 1970, The Joint Archaeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi, sponsored by the American Schools of Oriental Research and a consortium of educational institutions, entered the site with the objectives of investigating in greater detail and with more refined methods the stratigraphic divisions identified by Petrie and Bliss. This book appears as the fifth volume in the Joint Expedition's series of final publications regarding their field experience and findings. The Joint Expedition had its first field season in June 1970 and returned to the site for further excavation in the summers of odd-numbered years. The first four seasons (1970-75) have been designated Phase One, and were largely limited to the later occupation levels on the summit and southern slope of the site's northeast hill or acropolis, although there were also probes and limited exploration of the larger Early Bronze (EB) city. The next four seasons (1977-93) were designated Phase Two, with work continuing in the Iron Age levels of the acropolis and also extending to the southern EB city wall and associated domestic structures. This volume is primarily devoted to Phase Two of the expedition and details the burials unearthed during this excavation period when a large number of graves overlying Early Bronze Age strata were found in Fields V and VI