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How an Australian freed an unfinished nation’s history
How an Australian freed an unfinished nation’s history
Book review: Indonesia out of Exile: How Pramoedya’s Buru Quartet Killed a Dictatorship, by Max Lane (Penguin, 2023) Australia’s relationships with Indonesia are usually…
Avenging the century of humiliation, one artefact at a time
Avenging the century of humiliation, one artefact at a time
Book review: Portrait of a Thief, by Grace D. Li (Penguin Random House, 2022) In 1860, the Second Opium War culminated in British and French troops sacking the Old Summer…
Pop culture politics: How to Interpret 2022
Pop culture politics: How to Interpret 2022
Missed the headline? Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is stepping down after more than 20 years as ambassador for the UN refugee agency. It’s fine, because India’s celebrities are…
How to Interpret 2022: Russia invades Ukraine
How to Interpret 2022: Russia invades Ukraine
Across dozens of articles published this year, The Interpreter has analysed unfolding events following Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and brutal campaign in Ukraine – from the sudden…
Seeking independence: three books to read this summer
Seeking independence: three books to read this summer
In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama revealed that her husband, former United States President Barack Obama, has about eight books on the go to read at any time. I’ve lived a…
Beyond binary choices in Australia China relations
Beyond binary choices in Australia China relations
Book Review: Australia’s China odyssey: from euphoria to fear, by James Curran (UNSW Press, 2022) December 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic…
Found in translation: Australia and China’s shared history
Found in translation: Australia and China’s shared history
Book review: Happy Together: Bridging the Australia–China Divide by David Walker and Li Yao, with Karen Walker (Melbourne University Press, 2022) In rural towns…
Understanding global right-wing extremism
Understanding global right-wing extremism
Book Review: Rise of the Extreme Right: The New Global Extremism and the Threat to Democracy, by Lydia Khalil (Penguin, 2022). The rise of the global extreme right has been a…
China, Russia and North Korea: the wars that never end
China, Russia and North Korea: the wars that never end
Book review: Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea, by Katie Stallard (OUP, 2022) In Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, in north-east Saint…
Development finance in Asia: a memoir
Development finance in Asia: a memoir
Book review: Takehiko Nakao, The Rise of Asia: Perspectives and Beyond. Memoir of the President of the Asian Development Bank 2013–2020 (Asian Development Bank, 2022) In April…