Thursday, July 12, 2007

Our ignorance of Asia is off like old sushi

Louise Williams, of the SMH, who recently spoke at the Pacific Media Centre, took a sideswipe at the Australian ignorance of Asia in an interesting piece in her newspaper (she must have filed from NZ): "The first step towards solving a problem is admitting you have one. But, what's not so useful is getting stuck standing up the front, confessing your weaknesses over and over again. In the case of Australians' [... read Kiwi] scant knowledge of Asia, we've had decades of tut-tutting committees and urgent recommendations, but too little to show for them." Her advice to journo graduates wanting to report on the Asia-Pacific region is in the Global Watch section on the PMC website.

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