Don't Fall for the Hate-Hype

Pauline Hanson, Australia's right-wing populist critic of Asian immigration, is back in the news thanks to her One Nation party's role in humiliating the ruling federal coalition through two recent state elections. Many Australians are embarrassed not just by her views but by the eagerness with which the foreign media, which otherwise takes scant interest in Australian domestic politics, obsessively cover her. But should either Australians or the rest of the world worry about the Hanson phenomenon? And don't many of the same Asian nations that now cast aspersions at this supposed upsurge of racism also practice their own forms of...

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