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Asian and Australian Values – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Australian, Australiana, Culture

We were not Asian and did not seek to be. But then we were not European or American either. We could only be Australian. Yet many values often declared to be ‘Asian’ were also ‘Australian’: family, work, education, order and accountability, for example. And the word used to describe the core value of Australia, ‘mateship’, was ‘an ethic of communitarianism and mutual obligation which in other contexts is called “Asian”’.

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