From the Year of the Ape to the Year of the Monkey

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Christopher Rea is Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (California, 2015), the editor of China’s Literary Cosmopolitans: Qian Zhongshu, Yang Jiang, and the World of Letters … more

The Australia-China Story Launched

Entrance, Parliament House, Canberra, 24 November 2015. Photo by GRB

On 24 November 2015, the website, The Australia-China Story, created by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), was launched at Parliament House in Canberra by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, a parliamentarian, public intellectual and member of the CIW Advisory Board. Dr Leigh also formally launched the 2014 China Story Yearbook: Shared Destiny in … more

Rock Stands and Mud Washes Away

Taihu stones 太湖石 at The Mysteries of the Peace Blossom Source, one of the constructed fantasy scenes at the Garden of Perfect Brightness dating from the early eighteenth century. Photograph: Lois Conner

Lois Conner, the New York-based landscape photographer, is fond of saying: ‘What takes time, time respects’. As we have trudged around China with her hefty banquet camera, ‘Max’, titanium tripod and hand-made film-holders pursuing joint scholarly and artistic projects, I have often heard her repeat the line. The photograph featured here was made in 1998 … more

Everything Old is New Again: some Confucian websites

Statue in a ruins and shards storage area, Garden of Perfect Brightness 圓明園, Beijing. Photograph: Lois Conner

This year, 2015, marks a century since a clutch of Chinese public figures, politicians and thinkers discombobulated by the collapse of the dynastic system in 1912 and the end of two millennia of state Confucianism promoted the establishment of Confucianism as modern China’s national religion. The following sites promote Confucian thought, education, culture and ethics … more

Australia’s China in 1976: an ambassador’s advice

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On 18 September 2015, Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam’s China Envoy published by Melbourne University Press, a memoir by Stephen FitzGerald, was launched at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW). Previously, Steve, Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (1973-1976), wrote a book-length essay titled Australia and China at Forty — Stretch of the … more

The Last Refuge of the Patriot: a list of websites

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In the afterglow of the 3 September mass martial display in Beijing (see ‘Parading the People’s Republic‘), we thought readers might be interested in maintaining an understanding of mainland Chinese (and global Chinese) patriotic fervour. To that end, our colleague Xia Keyu at Danwei has compiled the following list of pro-patria, pro-party websites. — The Editors _______________ Patriots Site … more

In Memoriam: Anthony Yu 余國藩

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Anthony C Yu was Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Humanities at The University of Chicago. In his work he sought to reinterpret classical Chinese narratives and poetry in light of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. He is noted for his masterful four-volume translation of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West 吳承恩著《西遊記》 and a profound … more

China & ANU: exhibiting a history

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On 28 May 2015, an exhibition titled ‘China & ANU — Diplomats, Adventurers, Scholars‘ opened at the Gallery of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW). The exhibition, which runs until 18 September this year, was formally opened by Jack Waterford, a noted Canberra-based writer, journalist and editor. It traces the early history of … more

A New Australia-China Agenda

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THE AUSTRALIAN Centre on China in the World (CIW) engages with the public and policy discussion of relations with the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese world more broadly. A New Australia-China Agenda: Experts on the Australia-China Relationship edited by Geremie R Barmé and Ryan Manuel is our contribution to the important election year of 2013 and to the … more