A book by Alison Broinowski, who has also written about Australian perceptions of Asia.
The book details Asian opinions, from some ten countries, about Australia. It's not a fun book. Depressing is how across the board racism is, and how similarly petty we all are. We thought we had a Pauline Hanson problem. You should read what Asians - or rather a certain segment of Asian society - think about us. Lazy, uncivilised, boorish, racist, lower class, stupid. The list goes on.
The most interesting part of the book describes two cases of where Australia and the rest of Asia totally misunderstood each other.
1.) Pauline Hanson. They barely cared in Asia, and just thought of it as an embarrassing internal problem. After all, Asian countries have their own problems with racism.
2.) The East Timor independence vote. There was wide hostility to Australia's involvement, something I never understood. We were seen as aggressors, sticking our nose into something that wasn't our business. Plus the fact we always look to the US for our foreign policy, right over our neighbours.
The book's main point is that we need to start caring more - much more - about our image in Asia. We can't afford to be misunderstood. Nor can we afford not to care what our neighbours think of us.