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Asian dreaming: an exploration of Ronald and Catherine Berndt's relationship with Asia


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Brittlebank, K 2008 , 'Asian dreaming: an exploration of Ronald and Catherine Berndt's relationship with Asia' , Anthropological Forum, vol. 18, no. 1 , pp. 57-69 , doi: 10.1080/00664670701858984.

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Ronald and Catherine Berndt, eminent anthropologists of Aboriginal Australia, maintained a personal and professional interest in Asia throughout their almost fifty year marriage. Personally, this was expressed through their large private collection of Asian art and artefacts; professionally, they explored early Asian contacts with northern Australia, supported the development of Asian Studies in Australian universities - along with the forging of cross-institutional relationships - and drew on Asia for cross-cultural comparison. At the root of this interest lay the legacy of World War II, against which background the Berndts argued for increased engagement with Australia's regional neighbours, as well as for greater tolerance and cultural diversity.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Brittlebank, K
Keywords: Ronald M. Berndt; Catherine H. Berndt; Australia-Asia Relations
Journal or Publication Title: Anthropological Forum
ISSN: 0066-4677
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/00664670701858984
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