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Wang Gungwu, the scholar who helped the West understand China and the new Asia

When the 2018 Queen s Birthday Honours list recognised Wang Gungwu for his services to Australia-Asia relations, the eminent historian responded with typical grace even if some attached an air of sadness to that which he left unsaid. It is an honour. Australia from the 1960s to the 1980s led the Western world in its keenness to understand the new Asia. I was privileged to be among those who tried to make that wish come true. It was a most exciting time, Wang told the...

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