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They left and returned for a reason: Thoughts on Vietnamese-Australian Diasporas reconnecting with their roots

AAYLF delegate from the Philippines Nguyễn Minh Tiến (Tony) shares his insights about the key challenges in preserving and celebrating Vietnamese culture and identity within the Australian diaspora community.    “When mentioning the [Vietnam] war, a million people feel happy but another million feel miserable.” This saying of the former Prime Minister of the Socialist …

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Gender inequality is exacerbated in the face of unprecedented change

AAYLF delegate from Australia Elise Giles explores the tragic prevalence of gender inequality, particularly in post-disaster and crisis situations. More than ever, our region is facing unprecedented changes ranging from natural disasters, to the climate crisis and geopolitical instability. Recent predictions indicate that by 2050 much of Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam could all but …

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Atonement for Environmental Sins: A Market-Based Solution for ASEAN-Australia Carbon Problem

AAYLF delegate from Malaysia Paul Lim Pau Hua explores the implications for climate change for ASEAN countries and calls for urgent regional cooperation on environmental issues. In December of 2015, a total of 195 countries converged unanimously to sign the Paris Agreement, ASEAN member states also pledged their commitment to reducing emissions by 2030 under …

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Interfaith Dialogue and Counter-terrorism in ASEAN

AAYLF delegate from Australia Joshua Saunders examines the role that interfaith dialogues hold in addressing counter-terrorism challenges in the ASEAN region. October saw the escape of approximately 800 Islamic State-linked detainees in Syria, with at least 50 of these being radicalized Indonesians [1]. The threat of these ISIS militants and their families returning home looms over …

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ASEAN-Australia Partnership on Sustainable Development

AAYLF delegate from Thailand Prued Wahachart explores the opportunities and areas of focus for sustainable development of the ASEAN-Australia region. Born out of immediate necessity, the ASEAN-Australia partnership has long evolved around the political domain, ever since the two became formal dialogue partners in 1974. But as the regional paradigm shifts from war-time political anxiety towards …

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Single-use Plastics in the ASEAN Region: Changing perceptions of ‘normal’ plastic use

AAYLF delegate from Australia Fraser Lawrance discusses the issue of plastic pollution in the ASEAN region and challenges us all to take action to reduce single-use plastics.   As a region with incredibly rich ecological biodiversity and reliance on marine environments, ASEAN is significantly touched by the issue of plastic pollution. Attitudes towards single-use plastics across …

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Using the triple bottom line to tackle development and environmental challenges

AAYLF delegate from Australia Leila Bowe explores framing environmental problems within the economic, social and development problems to tackle the biggest challenges. It is no surprise that countries included in the ASEAN-Australian partnership are extremely vulnerable to natural hazards. What makes these hazards a disaster is how much they impact vulnerable populations. Climate change is not …

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Improving cultural understanding through international teacher collaboration

AAYLF delegate from the Philippines Ben Duggan highlights the integral role that teachers play in society and shares ideas on future opportunities for collaboration between ASEAN and Australia in this area.   Teachers around the world seek to answer the same question: ‘how can I best help students to learn?’ From Sydney to Singapore, this …

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