Alison Broinowski

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Alison Broinowski is a graduate of Adelaide University and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, where her PhD is on Asian Representations of Australia. The author of six books of fact and fiction on aspects of Asia, she worked alternately as an Australian diplomat and as a writer from 1963 to 1996. Her overseas assignments included Cultural Attaché in the Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Chargé d’Affaires in the Australian Embassy, Amman and Counsellor at the Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York.

The Yellow Lady: Australian Impressions of Asia was published by Oxford University Press in Melbourne in 1992 and reprinted in 1996. Following her earlier research and publishing on Australian impressions of Asia, Alison has spent several years investigating the reverse: Asian representations of Australia. Her research field covered ten countries (Japan, Korea, China/Hong Kong/Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and India) and her primary sources included selected monographs, media reports, film, textbooks, reference books, encyclopaedias, manuscripts, maps, pictorial material, and oral history. The approach was qualitative and comparative, and while it did not involve opinion surveys, it drew together and analysed survey material collected by others. About Face: Asian Views of Australia, was published by Scribe in April 2003.

Howard’s War, published in August 2003 and reprinted several times by Scribe as part of a series of short books on important developments in society, culture and politics, looks at the background to how Australia became involved in the war in Iraq.

Alison's latest book, co-authored with James Wilkinson, The Third Try: can the UN work? was published by Scribe in October 2005. The German translation, by Dr Michael Haupt, was published in 2006 by Parthas.