About The China Story

The China Story Project is a web-based account of contemporary China created by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) in the College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. The Centre is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government of Australia in collaboration with ANU, a university with the most significant concentration of dedicated Chinese Studies expertise and the publisher of the leading Chinese Studies journals in Australia (see the ANU China Institute site here). CIW is a national research centre that is jointly managed by a body of academics that includes scholars of China at universities in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a humanities-led research institution that is engaged with the broad range of social sciences to produce academic work that, while relevant to the full spectrum of demands of international scholarship, also relates meaningfully to those in the public policy community, and to the broader interested public, both in Australia and overseas. It values a New Sinology, that is an intellectual, cultural and personal involvement with the Chinese world (be it in the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan or globally) that is underpinned by traditions of academic independence, local fluency and disciplinary relevance.

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a publicly funded research centre. We believe that it is crucially important for us to provide broad access to our research and expertise without pay walls or charge.

The China Story engages with the shifting narratives and realities of contemporary China, offering a range of views on different aspects of the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and the Chinese-speaking world essayed by scholars, writers, journalists and commentators. The speech/essay ‘Telling Chinese Stories‘ offers a background to the Project.

This site features the following sections:

Yearbook, an annual themed overview of China that can be read online, downloaded chapter by chapter or in book form, or read in Kindle format.

Thinking China, which provides short accounts of leading thinkers, scholars and opinion-makers in the Chinese-speaking world (under Key Intellectuals), and essays and critical commentary on key ideas and topical issues in Chinese intellectual life and political culture (under Currents of Thought)

New Sinology, an introduction to the concept and essays on the integrative study of contemporary China in historical context.

Lexicon, which offers differing perspectives on key terms or expressions that form part of the public and media discussion of contemporary China both inside and outside the People’s Republic. These are terms or issues that are generally a source of contention between China’s official media, reporting and analysis in the international media, scholastic work and popular debate.

Journal, a running account of contemporary China by scholars and writers from diverse backgrounds. We encourage submissions from writers, journalists, scholars and translators, or from those who study or work on aspects of contemporary China that can enrich or challenge accepted approaches.

China in the World, a link to the Australian Centre on China in the World, its aims, research themes and staff. The Centre supports three academic journals: China Heritage Quarterly, East Asian History and The China Journal.

Australia-China Story, a resource for the study of the bilateral relationship.

Archive, a database of Chinese-language material relevant to the Research Themes of CIW, the Yearbook and the Lexicon.

You can visit this page for reactions, citations and press mentions of The China Story.


Through short posts, interviews, translations and miscellanea the Journal reflects our evolving understanding of The China Story and its numerous facets. The China Story Journal welcomes submissions on a diverse range of topics, giving preference to posts which:

  • offer new perspectives on the overlapping and conflicting narratives of Chinese current affairs, be they local, regional or global;
  • translate materials from Chinese (or other relevant languages) not otherwise available in English;
  • or, relate in new ways to relevant themes, ideas, articles and materials published in other sections of The China Story website, especially the Yearbook and the Lexicon.

Written submissions should normally not exceed 4000 words and should be accompanied by a short biography of the author. Illustrative material, including audio-visual material, is welcomed.

Submissions should be sent to any one of the following: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Style Guide can be found here.


From its inception in August 2012 to January 2016, The China Story Project was the work of a four-person committee led by Geremie R. Barmé, Founding Director of the CIW, the Project’s creator and founding editor and, since February 2016, Emeritus Professor of Chinese History at the ANU. The other editors were: Gloria Davies (Monash University), Jeremy Goldkorn (Danwei) and Elisa Nessosi (CIW, ANU). Over this four-year period, many others contributed to the work of The China Story Project, including Lois Conner, the New York-based photographer who has generously allowed us to use her work on the cover of the 2012 Yearbook and on this site, colleagues at Danwei (especially Joel Martinsen, Eric Mu, Barry van Wyk and Rachel Wang who were involved in the development of the Project from the outset), Paul Farrelly, Ivan Franceschini, Julien Leyre, Ryan Manuel, Markuz Wernli and Nathan Woolley. Jane Golley and Linda Jaivin have guest-edited several of the articles appearing in the Journal.

Since February 2016, the Project has been co-edited by Gloria Davies, Jeremy Goldkorn and Elisa Nessosi, with the support of an advisory committee consisting of Carolyn Cartier (University of Technology Sydney), Rebecca Fabrizi (CIW-ANU) and Jane Golley (CIW-ANU) and colleagues at Danwei (Lorand Laskai and Aiden Xia).