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 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. It produces 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. Scholars at CIW engage with all areas of the Chinese-speaking world (be it the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan or other countries). They share a commitment to sinological research in the twenty-first century, drawing on different cultural traditions of academic independence and on discipline-based and interdisciplinary knowledge and inquiry.

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 past and present aspects of the Chinese-speaking world. Contributors include scholars, writers, journalists and commentators. 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)

Reading into the Past is a selection of relevant English-language materials originally published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, republished to contextualise critical issues of the present.

Keywords, which covers two types of vocabulary, provides: (i) short accounts of key terms in Chinese culture and scholarship; (ii) critical perspectives on terms and issues that are integral to public and media discussion in the contemporary Chinese-speaking world.

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

Journal, publications from The China Story Project (2011-2016)

Archive, Chinese-language material relevant to the Research Themes of CIW, the Yearbook and the Lexicon (2011-2016).

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

Links to related activities and content:

  • The Australian Centre on China in the World supports three academic journals: China Heritage Quarterly, East Asian History and The China Journal (http://ciw.anu.edu.au).
  • Made in China, a quarterly on Chinese labour and civil society, with its associated online publication Chinoiresie (http://www.chinoiresie.info/).


The China Story  welcomes submissions to Thinking China, Reading into the Past and Keywords

Written submissions should be accompanied by a short biography of the author. Illustrative material, including audio-visual material, is most welcome.

Submissions should be sent to either Gloria.Davies@monash.edu or Paul.Farrelly@anu.edu.au

The 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 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.

In 2016, the Project was co-edited by Gloria Davies, Jeremy Goldkorn and Paul Farrelly. Since 2017, it has been co-edited by Gloria Davies and Paul Farrelly.