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Australia's relationship with Korea

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My article exploring an alternative side to Australia's relationship with Korea is now published in the Australian Journal of Politics and History (AJPH). The article argues that most attempts to analyze the relationship rely on material dynamics, such as volume and value of trade, military exchange and security cooperation, or formal diplomatic engagement.

Instead, I focus on how Australia tries to influence Korea (and probably itself) that the relationship is much deeper than it really is. Through rhetorical analysis of three key stories conveyed at all levels of official foreign policy communication, I find that Australian tries to endow the bilateral relationship with authority, establish a sense of similarity and commitment, and invokes indebtedness and reciprocity.

But... are these stories genuinely shared or do Koreans have an altogether different understanding of the relationship?

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