Tinker, tailor, student, spy? Inside Australia's Chinese student boom

09 May 2018

Listen to the latest episode of the award-winning The Little Red Podcast here.

Universities in Australia have an addiction: overseas student fees. Nearly half of overseas students in Australia are from China, rising to 60% at some institutions. Against the backdrop of new legislation to counter foreign influence, we talk to Chinese students, who find themselves caught in a geopolitical battle—accused by some of acting as ‘spies’ and restricting intellectual freedom in Australia's classrooms, while others fear those student revenues are becoming a tool of China’s economic coercion. Louisa and Graeme and joined by Linda Jakobsen of China Matters and Fran Martin from the University of Melbourne to discuss the future of Australia’s third largest export.

The Little Red Podcast celebrates China beyond the Beijing beltway from the University of Melbourne's Horwood Studios. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Department of Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University.

The program was recently announced as the winner of the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards trophy for Best News and Current Affairs Podcast.

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