Intercultural Futures: The Fraught Politics of Multiculturalism

Amrita Malhi

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‘SO WHAT? THERE’S no story here,’ the marketing consultant snapped down the phone. ‘I mean, bloody hell, the premier’s forever banging on about Asia, and everybody’s heard it all before.’

Welcome to South Australia, a state working hard to internationalise itself so that it might survive its painful economic ‘transition’ now underway. As part of this effort, Premier Jay Weatherill is, indeed, forever banging on about Asia.

Like other state and federal leaders, Weatherill has made it part of his job to talk up Asian engagement in a way that reflects the region’s transformation over the past forty years. As a result, the word ‘Asia’ now carries new meanings in Australian public debate...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-200
Number of pages9
JournalGriffith Review
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • South Australia
  • International relations
  • Investment
  • Asia
  • Cultural awareness
  • Acceptance


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