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Alison Broinowski reviews 'The Storyteller and his Three Daughters'

Alison Broinowski
31 October 2013

For centuries, Japan has magnetised the West’s imagination, evoking both fear and fascination. In the late nineteenth century, when most writers and readers in Europe, North America, and Australia had yet to see this ‘young’, newly accessible country for themselves, literary fantasies on the Madam Butterfly theme became a craze. Then, after Japan invaded ... More

Nick Hordern reviews 'Australia’s Asia'

Nicholas Hordern
27 August 2013

The launch last October of the Gillard government’s White Paper Australia in the Asian Century was quite a show; in Pakistan it would have been called a tamasha – to use the lovely Urdu word for a song and dance. A flock of officials, business figures, commentators, and consultants looked grave and prophetic as they preached the importance of ... More

Sophie McIntyre reviews 'Photography and China' by Claire Roberts

Sophie McIntyre
26 March 2013

China’s extraordinary economic and cultural ascent during the past two decades has generated significant international interest in Chinese contemporary art, especially in photography now widely promoted in the West as ‘Chinese new art’. Since it was first introduced to China in the 1840s, photography has languished somewhat, overshadowed by the traditional art ... More

Nick Hordern reviews 'Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads' by Benedict Rogers

Nicholas Hordern
26 September 2012

Too often foreign affairs seem the realm of tedious diplomacy, impenetrable acronyms, and cynical realpolitik. So it comes as a relief to Western governments and voters if they can from time to time adopt a stance that places them on the side of the angels. Helping transform bad régimes into good, as in Burma, offers such an opportunity, and activist and author Ben ... More

Peter Rodgers reviews 'The Battle for the Arab Spring' and 'Libya'

Peter Rodgers
30 August 2012

The danger in writing about unfolding dramas is that they keep unfolding, potentially stranding both writer and reader. Not so with these two fine books, whose authors have long experience of the Middle East. Quite different in scope – a sweep of the Arab world contrasting with the ascent and decay of Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal régime – they deal with past, pre ... More

Alison Carroll: The Revolutionary Century; and Sarah Bond, Alison Carroll, and Claire Watson (eds): Every 23 Days

Peter Hill
15 November 2011

Exchanges in a two-way street

Peter Hill


The Revolutionary Century: Art in Asia 1900–2000
by Alison Carroll
Macmillan Art Publishing, $99 hb, 208 pp, 9781921394171


Every 23 Days: 20 Years Touring Asia
edited by Sarah Bo ... More

Robyn Maxwell: Life, Death and Magic

Carol Cains
15 November 2011


Carol Cains


Life, Death and Magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art
by Robyn Maxwell
National Gallery of Australia, $69.95 hb, 256 pp, 9780642334152


Imagine living in a world also inhabited by the spirits of the ancestors, whose ... More

Henry Kissinger: On China

Bruce Grant
23 August 2011

Kissinger on the Asian powerhouse

Bruce Grant


On China
by Henry Kissinger
Allen Lane, $49.95 hb, 586 pp, 9781846143465


Henry Kissinger has never seemed at home in the United States, although he has served in its highest councils and received its ri ... More

Letters to the Editor - July-August 2011

29 June 2011


Paradoxical neglect

Dear Editor,

Patrick McCaughey’s article ‘NativeGrounds and Foreign Fields: The Paradoxical Neglect of Australian Art Abroad’ (June 2011) caught my attention because of its title, then its content. The ... More

Michael Wesley: There Goes the Neighbourhood

Hugh White
29 June 2011

Coping with a resurgent China

Hugh White


There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia
by Michael Wesley
New South, $32.95 pb, 202 pp, 9781742232720


Sometime around 1820, forty years after its Industrial Revolution ... More

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