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    New Asia Now

    The Asian century is in full swing, generating unprecedented economic and social power. In coming decades this will profoundly change the world, and the lives of all those living in the world’s most populous region.

    Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now showcases outstanding young writers from the countries at the centre of Asia’s ongoing transformation. They write about the people and places they know with passion, flair and insight.

    All born after 1970, our contributors are cultural agenda setters at home who explore issues of identity and belonging in the new...

  • Contributors' Circle

    David Walker
    Know thy neighbour

    For those of us currently in the Asia literacy or Asia capability business – which is supposed to be everyone, or at least it was at the time of the Gillard government’s Australia in the Asian Century white paper in 2012 – the anniversaries that nations in our region celebrate (or remember with shame) are fundamental to knowing Asia.

    David Walker is Alfred Deakin professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University and BHP Billiton chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, Beijing. In ‘Know thy neighbour: Save the date, 7 July 1937‘, he argues that to regard the second Sino–Japanese war as marginal to WWII is to misunderstand twentieth century history. In fact, Japan’s ultimate defeat owed a great deal to its long and brutal war with China.

  • Mental Health Week

    Life in death
    Diego de Leo

    My eyes full of tears, I read and reread the article. I refused to believe that my friend – my splendid, intelligent, brilliant friend – was the same person who had carried out this insanity. And, God, I did not see him suffering at all!

    In this touching account from Griffith Review 17: Staying Alive, Diego De Leo, director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, shares the personal story that propelled him into a life of campaigning against the often silent and always devastating ‘epilogue to unbearable suffering’.

    Professor De Leo appeals to families and communities to rally in opposition to suicide – to listen, to ask, to care – an abiding message that is particularly appropriate for Mental Health Week.

  • Lecture

    Griffith Review Annual Lecture

    Where have all the ratbags gone?

    Graeme Wood AM, founder of Wotif, is convinced that tapping into people power is the key to creating a sustainable future. One of Brisbane’s homegrown and most successful entrepreneurs, Graeme will ask ‘where have all the ratbags gone?’, and address the importance of imagination, courage, money, activism and humour in creating the sort of world we would be proud to pass to the next generation.

    The 2015 Griffith Review Annual Lecture is sure to be a witting and inspiring affair, and will be delivered on Wednesday 21 October at the State Library of Queensland. Seats are filling up fast, so book now!

  • Lecture

    Crisis and change

    We are now living through a period of change as great as any in human history – like the move from agriculture to industry, from manufacturing to services and beyond, it will play out in ways we can only guess at.

    With predictions showing that nearly half of all current jobs can be automated, it’s time to think seriously about the new world of work.

    In an address to the 2015 Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies 2015 Forum, Julianne Schultz explores how the gradual changes to the Australian economy and polity have affected the job market, and highlights the need to support sustainable jobs as a means to stave off economic hardship and foster effective progress.

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