Continuing to Take advantage of the Asian century will no doubt have a positive effect on Australia and its economy. Australia has been involved with Asia for quite some time but now more than ever and it is vital for Australia to maintain this relationship throughout continuously changing its cultural identity so that Australia as a nation can see successful economic progress. The best way, I believe, to achieve a cultural identity that will link us to Asia stronger than ever is through “Asia literacy” which is the “study of skills, histories, cultures and geographies of the Asia region” (Leong 2017). In the following paragraphs, I will further explain why Australia should continue to change its culture identity and how.
Today, Asia, being home to two thirds of the worlds population has a very strong influence on the world and especially on Australia. With time Asia will surely rise to become the largest producer and consumer in the world (Australian curriculum). About 70% of Australia’s exports are from Asia which is what has linked us so closely in the past. But now we must make more of the Asian century, according to henry (2012) the global centre of the world is steering to Asia and Australia, the lucky country, happens to be exactly in that region. However, in order to take advantage of Asia’s economic rise Australia must firstly strengthen its relationship with Asia which can be done through the changing of our cultural identity. There is no better way to start a change in cultural identity but through the education system. A key requirement to be taught is the Asia literacy concept (Australian curriculum) through this Australia will be able to come forward with a strong stance to the Asian region which will in turn allow Australia to take advantage of the opportunities present in the region (ABC 2012). Through the use of education the government will be made sure that not only will young Australians learn bout Australia and asias past history together but also be able to see the similarities instead of differences of “us” and “them, through education one is able to provide a shift in cultural identity that wil surely enlarge their knowledge of asia and what benefits we have being located in the Asian region in the Asian century which will increase the chance of successful participation in the Asian century (Australian curriculum)