Studying Tibet Today: a discussion with Robbie Barnett

  Robert J. Barnett is the Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University in New York. His books include Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field (with Ronald Schwartz, 2008), Lhasa: Streets with Memories (2006) and A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Petition of the 10th Panchen Lama (1997). He has published articles on … more

1-5 May 2014: A Building, Two Films, an Exhibition, Two Lectures, a Podcast and Two Performances

On 1 May-5 May, the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University celebrated its new building (designed by Beijing-based architect Gerald Szeto with the Canberra architectural firm Munns Sly Moore) with a series of events: 1 May, a screening of the documentary film on the Cultural Revolution, ‘Morning Sun’ 《八九点钟的太阳》, … more

An Official Comment on Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

The following letter was written by Katharine Siao Yue Chang, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia, in response to Mark Harrison’s article ‘The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan‘, published in The China Story Journal on 18 April.   __________________ Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the article ‘The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan’ by Dr Mark Harrison, … more

Judi Moylan: China Story Yearbook 2013

The Honorable Judi Moylan is a widely respected former politician serving as a member of the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament for twenty years, from 1993 until August 2013. During that time her roles have included her work as Minister for Family Services and as Minister for the Status of Women, as well as … more

China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China 文明中华

China Story Yearbook 2013 edited by Geremie R. Barmé and Jeremy Goldkorn with contributions from leading scholars, journalists and writers, and a rich range of translated material from Chinese sources related to politics, social change, urban transformation, law and order, international relations, the economy, global trade, the Internet, culture, major news stories and much more, was launched … more

A Fate at Fifty

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Menzies Library at The Australian National University, the holdings of which include the most comprehensive range of Asia and Pacific-related scholarly materials at any university library in the country. Geremie R. Barmé, Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, spoke of the importance of … more

Wang Gungwu 王赓武 on Tianxia 天下

The following essay is an excerpt from the appendix to Professor Wang Gungwu’s most recent book, Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2013). In this short volume, Professor Wang, a celebrated historian of China and Southeast Asia, discusses with extraordinary clarity some of the major issues and … more

Party Time: An Interview with Rowan Callick

Rowan Callick is Asia-Pacific Editor of The Australian newspaper. Following some two decades in Papua New Guinea, he moved to Australia in 1987 after which he worked for The Australian Financial Review for some twenty years during which time he was that paper’s Hong Kong-based China correspondent (1996 to 2000). In 2006, he joined The Australian as its … more

Foreign Affairs Reaches Out to the Academy

The following essay was written in (rather dyspeptic) response to recent efforts by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to garner responses to the September 2012 Australian Government’s White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century. The China Story Journal has been following responses to the White Paper, and we have previously published the … more