In 1988, The Australian Applied Linguistics Congress took place in Tasmania and was convened by a team of energetic and dedicated researchers. The Congress attracted delegates from many parts of the world. This event generated enthusiasm beyond the field of applied linguistics as there were issues about education, cultural identity, empowerment and globalisation, which have intricately influenced or shaped the discourse of research. The re-emerging awareness at that milestone gathering has led to important follow-up activities with the main aim of promoting a collaborative spirit against the dominant force of hegemonic globalisation.
As a result of such movement, there have been research activities and education programs in a number of developing countries, particularly in Asia, such as international conferences, seminars, workshops, publications and in-country education programs in which local researchers take an active role in management and leadership.
The powerful growth of digital technologies has created an excellent opportunity for further development in pursuit of closer and more meaningful collaboration among students and colleagues in various parts of the world. On this basis, the Australia Asia Research and Education Foundation was established, whereby the Australia and Asia region has been chosen as the base of our research-related activities.