Continuing
to Take advantage of the Asian century will no doubt have a positive effect on
Australia and its economy. Australia has been involved with Asia for quite some
time but now more than ever and it is vital for Australia to maintain this
relationship throughout continuously changing its cultural identity so that
Australia as a nation can see successful economic progress. The best way, I believe,
to achieve a cultural identity that will link us to Asia stronger than ever is
through “Asia literacy” which is the “study of skills, histories, cultures and
geographies of the Asia region” (Leong 2017).  In the following paragraphs, I will further
explain why Australia should continue to change its culture identity and how.

 

Today,
Asia, being home to two thirds of the worlds population has a very strong
influence on the world and especially on Australia. With time Asia will surely
rise to become the largest producer and consumer in the world (Australian curriculum).
About 70% of Australia’s exports are from Asia which is what has linked us so closely
in the past. But now we must make more of the Asian century, according to henry
(2012) the global centre of the world is steering to Asia and Australia, the
lucky country, happens to be exactly in that region. However, in order to take
advantage of Asia’s economic rise Australia must firstly strengthen its
relationship with Asia which can be done through the changing of our cultural
identity. There is no better way to start a change in cultural identity but
through the education system. A key requirement to be taught is the Asia
literacy concept (Australian curriculum) through this Australia will be able to
come forward with a strong stance to the Asian region which will in turn allow
Australia to take advantage of the opportunities present in the region (ABC
2012). Through the use of education the government will be made sure that not
only will young Australians learn bout Australia and asias past history
together but also be able to see the similarities instead of differences of “us”
and “them, through education one is able to provide a shift in cultural identity
that wil surely enlarge their knowledge of asia and what benefits we have being
located in the Asian region in the Asian century which will increase the chance
of successful participation in the Asian century (Australian curriculum).

 

Many
Australians may not support changing our cultural identity to further take
advantage of the Asian century due to our negative perceptions of the people of
Asia in our history. However, the benefits Australia will gain due to its close
relationship with Asia cannot be emphasized enough as due to Australia’s
geographic location, it is permanently tied to Asia (Henry 2012). For this
reason being part of the Asian century is surely a path to future success for
the nation and it is very important that Australia does not get left behind in
the Asian century (Johnson 2010). When we change our cultural identity we are
able to become more included into our region, after all we are in Asia, we may “look”
different and speak languages that are black and white in their differences but
we must look to include ourselves more to our region, Australia must create
ties with Asia that are even stronger than its ties to the US. Recently Australia’s
attitude towards china Is growing increasingly friendlier with china than it is
with the US, especially with the youth.  And this link isn’t just one way, China also
invests plenty in Australia with over 200,000 thousand students enrolled in its
universities each year and in 2016 1.2mil Chinese tourists visited Australia (ABS).
therefore, not only must we change how we are taught about Asia in schools but
we must also teach Asian languages so that we are able to take advantage in our
full potential (Henry 2012). By learning Asia literacy the youth of Australia
will overtime acquire enough information about Asia and language to then be
able to implement these teachings and skills to communicate, understand and
even work in Asia (Australian curriculum).

 

It
is no secret that Many Australians have a negative view of Asia and although Australia’s
knowledge of arias has drastically changed in the past 40 years there is still
a very long way to go before Australia is seen more than an Economic
opportunist.

 

Therefore,
we can come to the conclusion that Australia should continue to change its
cultural identity to better take advantage of the Asian century. By doing this
Australia will enable great benefits for its economy as our economy and even
our security is linked to our region (Australian government 2012). Australia
must change its cultural identity and become more “Asia literate” (henry 2012).
Australia is extremely involved in the Asian market and is almost completely
dependent on the Chinese economy this makes it vital for us to continue to
change due to our geographical location, we must take advantage and grasp the
benefits of what is around us.