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Defining Asia

The Australian Curriculum describes Asia as follows:

Asia can be defined in geographical terms, but it can also be described in terms of cultural, religious, historical and language boundaries or commonalities.

While Asia includes West and Central Asia, in Australian schools studies of Asia will pay particular attention to the sub-regions of:

    • North-east Asia, including China, Mongolia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan
    • South-east Asia, including Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, East Timor, the Philippines and Cambodia
    • South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

From The Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

Map of Asia

Map of Asia

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Illustration of practice

Video of Professor Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of Asian History, ANU, discussing the Australian story for Asian history.

 

  • Consider the arguments that Professor Milner purports to support the imperatives for including Asia content in the teaching of history.

Acknowledgements

Image: Physical Asia – CIA World Factbook

Video: AEF

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