Shawna Yang Ryan discusses her novel Green Island

Shawna Yang Ryan 楊小娜 published her second novel Green Island in February 2016. Her first novel Water Ghosts was published by Penguin Press in 2009. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, has published widely and was the 2015 recipient of the Elliot Cades Award for Literature for emerging writers. … more

An Interview with David A Palmer

David A Palmer is an associate professor in sociology at the University of Hong Kong. He was a keynote speaker at the August 2013 conference Religion and Locality in the Chinese World (a video of his public lecture ‘Locality, Globalisation and the Construction of Sacrality: Transnational encounters at Huashan’ can be found here). After the conference … more

New Age Music 新時代音樂

The translator, Paul Farrelly, is an historian of religion in Taiwan and China currently completing his PhD studies at the ANU.  He is a contributing editor of The China Story Journal. ________________ Translator’s note In March 1990, Terry Hu 胡因夢 published Ancient Future 古老的未來, the first book in Taiwan to introduce readers to the concept of … more

Religion and Locality in the Chinese World – two videos

Over three days in late August 2013, the Australian Centre on China in the World hosted the workshop ‘Religion and Locality in the Chinese World‘. Two keynote addresses drew the attention of scholars attending the workshop and the broader community. They were both introduced by Dr Benjamin Penny, one of the organisers of the workshop. … more

The Leadership of Xi Jinping: philosophy and endless reform

The Eighteenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party formally initiated the party-state power transition that is set to continue well into 2013. As we have noted in our China Story Yearbook 2012, Red Rising, Red Eclipse, the lead-up to the transition was full of political surprises and dramatic developments. Professor He Baogang 何包钢, Chair of International … more

Taiwan ‘Action Zen’ on the Mainland

During June and July 2012, I participated in a series of training weekends organized by ‘Huan-ting Zen’ 黃庭禪. Huan-ting Zen is a Taiwan-based spiritual organisation that seeks to facilitate individual emotional transformation. Through a series of lectures, games and experiments, I was introduced to huangting 黃庭 (literally, ‘the yellow court’), the energy centre Huan-ting Zen … more