Ear to Asia

by Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne

Ear to Asia is produced by Asia Institute, the Asia research specialists at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In Ear to Asia, we talk with Asia experts to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world. Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2022

  • S2022 E119 - The rise and rise of halal consumerism in Indonesia

    S2022 E119 - The rise and rise of halal consumerism in Indonesia

    Muslims in Indonesia are increasingly seeking to align their consumption with their religious beliefs. The push comes from a growing urban middle class who have greater access to global products and services. At the same time, Ind...

    47:58
  • S2022 E118 - What a Taliban theocracy means for Afghanistan

    S2022 E118 - What a Taliban theocracy means for Afghanistan

    In August 2021, the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan after a 20-year hiatus and promptly replaced the nation’s legal system with their own austere version of Islamic law or Sharia. While the impact of the new government on...

    58:52
  • S2022 E117 - How can Sri Lanka continue to hedge between India and China?

    S2022 E117 - How can Sri Lanka continue to hedge between India and China?

    Sri Lanka recently found itself caught in a diplomatic tussle between China and India over the planned visit of Chinese naval vessel the Yuan Wang 5, to the port of Hambantota. India opposed the visit because it considers the vess...

    56:42
  • S2022 E116 - What will it take to end the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan?

    S2022 E116 - What will it take to end the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan?

    After the Taliban wrested power from Afghanistan’s democratically-elected government in August 2021, almost overnight, life for millions of Afghans changed radically and possibly irrevocably. Notably, the rights of women and girls...

    52:26
  • S2022 E115 - The human cost of South Korea’s era of transnational adoption

    S2022 E115 - The human cost of South Korea’s era of transnational adoption

    Since the 1950s but peaking in the 1980s, an estimated 200,000 South Korean babies and children have been adopted into mainly white families in western nations, leaving a trail of fractured identities. Why did the South Korean gov...

    58:39