Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific

College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

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Japanese – Introduction

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Japanese

by Peter Hendriks and Sheryn Lee, with an introduction by Sheryn Lee The Japanese language is a key feature of Japanese nationalism, consequently it conveys much about how it constructs and perceives its security. This was displayed in the popular doctrine of nihonjinron (日本人論) – which conveys the meaning of ‘theories of Japanese cultural and […]

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Korean – Introduction

September 18th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Korean (North), Korean (South)

by Tatiana Gabroussenko (North Korean) and Andrei Lankov (South Korean), with an introduction by Sheryn Lee   “Firmly rooted in the rotten, bourgeois life, the Korean language now spoken in Seoul still uses the nasal twangs favoured by women to flirt with men…; on top of this, English, Japanese, and Chinese loan words, now swarming […]

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Chinese – Introduction

September 18th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Chinese

by I-Ling Tseng, with an introduction* by Sheryn Lee A survey of security discourses in the Asia-Pacific would be incomplete without an examination of Mandarin Chinese. Much of what is understood of Chinese security processes is from the perspective of ‘qiang wai-Han’ (墙外汉), a term which conveys the meaning of ‘outsider’ but literally translates as […]

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Indonesian – Introduction

May 28th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Indonesian

by Amrih Widodo The plural character of Indonesian society has had two implications for its understanding of security concepts. Firstly, security has been mostly defined not in a conventional sense, i.e. as the need of a country to protect itself from the threat of military attack by another country, or the threat of an externally-fomented […]

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English (Australian) – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, English (Australian)

by Brendan Taylor, with an introduction by Matthew Hill A survey of the Australian security discourse represents a valuable addition to a broader overview of the languages of security in the Asia-Pacific, both on account of Australia’s active attempts to involve itself in regional security processes, and its unusual status as a young, predominantly European […]

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Thai – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Thai

by Chintana Sandilands and Nicholas Farrelly Thailand’s language of security has been formalised in conjunction with the reinforcement of the country’s national ideology.  That ideology is tied to the development of a national language, culture and mentality.  It is important, therefore, that an analysis of security terms and concepts in Thai draws on their cultural […]

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Karen – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Karen

by Paul Keenan and Nan Mu Chaung Ku The purpose of this paper is to contribute towards a better understanding of the Sgaw Karen language in terms of security and how the Karen,[1] who have been fighting a civil war since Burmese independence in 1947, conceptualize these terms relating to their own belief in an […]

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Shan – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Shan

by Brian McCartan This chapter explores several terms security related as used by Shan in the Shan State of northern and northeastern Burma/Myanmar. The Shan refer to themselves as Tai (). The use of Shan comes from a corruption of Siam by the Burmans which became Shan () and was later incorporated into English. In […]

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Malaysian – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Malaysian

by Syed Khairudin Aljunied That the devastating attacks upon the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001 forced a rethinking of security issues – particularly in the need to respond to terrorism and other asymmetric challenges – is by now a truism. An array of concepts, terminologies and diagnostic categories have been invented to elucidate, […]

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Burmese – Introduction

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Burmese

The military is deeply embedded within the structure and ideology of the state such that the security discourse pervades Burmese politics, society, and history. This chapter analyzes key terms in Burma’s security discourse, in particular terms that might not be easily understood to a reader unfamiliar with Burma, and terms with nuanced meanings that are […]

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