2. For people that live in Asian countries life is changing fast. People in areas that used to be poor are starting to earn good incomes. They’re spending more money and the economies of some massive countries are booming. Its change on a scale that the world’s never seen before and it could have a big effect on other countries, including Australia.
3. Many say we’re at the start of the Asian Century.
4. Asian Century means that in the future we will stop looking to America and Europe for the latest music, movies or fashionable clothes and start looking at Asia. We will most certainly pay more attention to Asian politics and we’ll do a lot more business with people in Asia.
5. Australian politicians would like all school kids to learn an Asian language in school.
6. The four Asian languages that the government is focusing on are :-
7. Some of the difficulties that schools may face in getting kids to learn an Asian language are that no-one’s actually said how the government’s going to pay for all this learning and there are questions about where schools are going to find enough language teachers and how they’re going to encourage kids to keep learning.
8. Yes I think it is important for school kids to learn an Asian language at school because if we are coming into an Asian Century then it would give them an advantage to be able to keep up with the latest form Asia and help them in the future to be able to relate to Asian countries.
9. I would say I am connected to Asia but not in a huge way. I do eat Asian foods occasionally and I like to eat fried rice, boiled rice, and satay chicken. Many products are made in Asia, such as clothes, electrical appliances and some of the food we eat. Asian culture does not really influence my life, except at the moment I am enjoying the