2ser launches The Middle

2ser is launching a new program this week to explore the complex and changing relationships between Australia, China and USA.

The Middle will look at the important economic, social, trading and security relationships with each of these countries, and Australia’s difficult position of sometimes being caught in the middle of an increasingly strained relationship.
The show will also look at the China-Australia relationship and the impact of the current debate about Chinese influence in Australia and the region.  
Hosted by two University of Technology Sydney professors, Peter Fray and Wanning Sun and including guests with a broad spectrum of knowledge about these issues, The Middle will also feature community leaders, business people, academics and, in a special episode, Chinese students studying in Australia
Peter Fray says, “The show will seek to encourage constructive debate about a raft of issues that swirl around our relationship with the Middle Kingdom, both locally and globally.”
The Middle will go beyond the daily news headlines as it seeks to understand the complex issues related to race relations, security and defence, politics, trade, education and the arts.
Wanning Sun says the show “…seeks to explore a middle path that may be productive for all concerned.”
Australia’s first ambassador to China, Stephen Fitzgerald, and community leader Daphne Lowe Kelley, the former president of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, are featured in the first episode.
The program is produced by Amy Ma, who began as a volunteer news and current affairs reporter at 2ser during her journalism studies and has now been commissioned to produce the series.
2ser Program Director, Anthony Dockrill, says: This new program is an important addition to the 2ser schedule that will explore important national and international issues, in keeping with 2ser’s record of producing quality thoughtful programming.”
The show begins on 2ser 107.3 FM this evening at 7.30pm and will be available on www.2ser.com/the-middle, as a podcast on your favourite podcast platform, and as a Vodcast with Mandarin subtitles on Youtube.

Production team: Peter Fray, Wanning Sun, Amy Ma.

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