Recent decades have seen a demographic shift in Australia from predominantly European immigration to Asian. But how are we poised to engage with Asia in the 21st century? Is political rhetoric around migrants threatening to undermine our national interest? And with China set to become the world’s largest economy, where should our diplomatic allegiances lie? Join former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans and authors Linda Jaivin and Richard McGregor in conversation with political commentator George Megalogenis as they consider Australia’s future in the Asian region.

Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Gareth Evans (Australian)

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Gareth Evans was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke-Keating governments for thirteen years, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and is now Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. He co-chaired major international commissions on mass atrocity crimes and nuclear weapons, has won many national and international awards, and has written or edited thirteen books, most recently Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary and Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir.

Linda Jaivin (Australian)

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Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books including the international bestseller Eat Me, the Quarterly Essay: Found in Translation, the travel companion Beijing and the novel The Empress Lover. She has published numerous essays on a wide range of subjects, including the arts, travel and refugees and has had several works produced for the stage. She recently made her first radio documentary Nothing to Hide for ABC RN. She is also a literary translator (from Chinese) specialising in film subtitles.

Richard McGregor (Australian)

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Richard McGregor is an award-winning journalist and author with extensive experience in reporting on the top-level politics and economies of east Asia, primarily China and Japan, and the US. He was a correspondent for the ABC and The Australian in Japan and China, and the Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing, Shanghai and Washington. His 2010 book, The Party, on the Chinese Communist Party, was called a “masterpiece” by The Economist and won numerous awards. His latest book, Asia's Reckoning, on Sino-Japanese relations and the fate of US power in east Asia, was published in late 2017. He was a fellow at the Wilson Center in 2015 and a visiting scholar at George Washington University in 2016.

George Megalogenis (Australian)

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George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His latest book is Australia’s Second Chance. He is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal.