The cringe comes back: has Australia misunderstood its place in Asia again?

With the ever-worsening Australia-China relationship, this may be the right time to examine what is it in the Australian cultural behaviour that has landed us in this predicament. In 1950, A.A. Phillips coined the term “cultural cringe” to describe Australians’ proclivity to compare their works of art and literature unfavourably with those of others, especially … Continue reading The cringe comes back: has Australia misunderstood its place in Asia again? Continue reading »