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 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
  • S2022 E114 - Contrasting memories of Japanese colonisation in Korea and Taiwan

    S2022 E114 - Contrasting memories of Japanese colonisation in Korea and Taiwan

    Taiwan and Korea were colonised by Imperial Japan for much of the first half of the 20th century, and liberated only after Japan surrendered to allied forces in 1945. While North and South Korea continue to share a deep resentment...

    52:42
  • S2022 E113 - Mindful of power: Politics and nationalism in Buddhist-majority societies

    S2022 E113 - Mindful of power: Politics and nationalism in Buddhist-majority societies

    While non-violence and detachment may be central to Buddhist teachings, there are growing accounts of human rights abuses – often along ethnic lines – in Buddhist-majority countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka, often carried out in...

    45:28
  • Season 1

  • S01 E112 - How China finds a home for 1.4 billion people

    S01 E112 - How China finds a home for 1.4 billion people

    China’s meteoric economic rise over the last 40+ years has been accompanied by hundreds of millions of people leaving the countryside to seek opportunities in the nation's metropolises. Housing this immense influx has been and con...

    42:22