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Angkor: exploring vocabulary

Watch this clip about Angkor, an area in Cambodia that contains a famous and ancient temple complex, to help develop your vocabulary. The clip focuses on the effects of tourism and provides a useful context for the study of English. The report includes content-specific language.

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Cocoon: silk connections

Have you ever seen a silk cocoon? This clip shows how some creative thinking and an international partnership have helped a silk farm in Western Australia transform its cocoons into silk on the market.

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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Spawning dams, not fish, on the Mekong?

The Mekong is the largest freshwater fishery in the world; however, this may be about to change. Discover in this 2010 clip how migration of fish species along the lower Mekong may be impeded by the proposed construction of dams along this mighty river. Do the economic benefits of the dam outweigh the potential loss of ...

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Mother Mekong

Discover the connections between people and ancient temples hidden along the mighty Mekong River. Find out how long the temple Wat Phu (Vat Phou) has been a place of worship. Consider the spiritual value of this river, which provides more than sustenance and money.

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Damming the free and mighty Mekong

The Mekong has been a rare thing: a largely untouched and free-flowing river. Stretching for nearly 5,000 km from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam's Mekong Delta, it has provided a way of life for millions of people and been an important trading route between south-western China and south-eastern Asia. In this clip from ...

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Power is money on the the Mekong

Discover why the Lao Government plans to build a hydropower dam at Xayaboury (Xayaburi) on the Mekong River and how neighbouring countries might react. The Mekong River Commission is attempting to maintain a balance for all users of the river. Find out why this is a difficult and complex task.

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The different faces of Indonesia

Journey through Indonesia, our most populous neighbour - a nation of contradictions. Through the images in this clip, discover more about the people and the land, including population size, living conditions, education, internal migration, natural disasters, land management and international aid. How does Indonesia differ ...

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Poor man's crop, rich man's food

Cashews are expensive to buy, but Indonesian cashew farmers don't get paid a high price for them. So who gets the profits? Trace the journey of cashews from farm to market with some farmers from Flores who grow them. Find out about a program aimed at addressing the profit issue, and see its impact on the wellbeing of farmers ...

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The impossible made possible: ahh, clean water!

In Flores, Indonesia, eleven local villages and two international organisations work together to achieve an 'impossible' engineering feat. See in how many ways piping clean springwater from high up on a mountainside can help a community in need.

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Bali and Sumba - paradise versus poverty

We all know the idyllic paradise called Bali, but have you ever heard of its poorer neighbour, the Indonesian island of Sumba, where the people struggle to grow food to eat? Watch this clip to learn about environmental conditions and agricultural challenges there. Find out also what people in Sumba are doing to prepare ...

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Voluntary exchange

See Indonesia through the eyes of Australian exchange student Sam Howard. Learn how the youth exchange program she is a part of is helping to strengthen cultural ties between near neighbours Australia and Indonesia. Think what you could learn about a country if you stayed in a small community there for a month.

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New dam, new house: the Mekong

The mighty Mekong river provides a way of life for millions of people, and is arguably the most important resource in the developing country of Laos. Discover how villagers are being relocated to make way for hydropower dams on this river, which stretches for nearly 5,000 kilometres from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam. ...

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Elephants: more than a beast of burden

In Asia, elephants have had a special role in society for thousands of years. The elephant is a mode of transport and a heavy lifter, and elephants were once used in times of war. There is even an elephant god in the Hindu religion.

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Don't get into a flap about elephant ears

It is now known that three species of elephants live across Africa and Asia: two in Africa and one in Asia. In this clip we look at how elephants from different climates have slightly different features and differ in size. Find out which elephants have the biggest ears and the wrinkliest skin - and why!

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Map tool: South-East Asia and the Mekong River

Trace the path of the Mekong River through China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Explore how these countries use resources from the river. For example, look at which countries have built dams to generate hydro-electric power. Explore issues such as river pollution.

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World religions

Look at graphs and statistics showing the distribution of religious groups. Explore the origins and key beliefs of religions in Asia and Australia. Notice there are many different faiths and they may be classified in many different ways.

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Map tool: Asia-Pacific

Zoom in on a map of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Explore key features of each country: location, population, climate, economics and tourism.

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US troops off duty, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, c1943

This black-and-white photograph shows US soldiers and civilian women socialising during the Second World War at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Queensland, probably at the US 81st Air Depot Group's base. One serviceman is dancing - probably jitterbugging - on a long table watched by the remainder of the group who are either sitting ...

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Asia and Australia: Go Indonesia! - website

This is a curriculum resource for teachers and middle years students. It provides teaching ideas and student activities supporting the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. The Go Indonesia! website explores the Indonesian language and the culture of Indonesia. It provides ...