Doubtless at Forty 四十不惑

Forty years ago, on 2 December 1972, a Labor government led by Gough Whitlam was elected in Australia. The following day, the new government announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. The address below was written on the invitation of the Australia-China Friendship Society in Canberra. It was presented at the Celebration … more

The Idea of Literacy in the Asian Century

This invited contribution by Lewis Mayo of the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, expands The China Story Journal discussion of the Australian government’s Australia in the Asian Century, released on 28 October 2012. See also: David Brophy, ‘Australia’s Asia‘, 31 October 2012; Stephen FitzGerald, ‘Australia and China at Forty: Stretch of the Imagination‘, 12 November 2012; and, The Editors, … 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

Australia’s Asian White Paper: Filling in Some Blanks

On 28 October 2012, the Australian Government released a White Paper titled Australia in the Asian Century. To date, we have published an examination of the elastic boundaries of ‘Asia’ as it features in the White Paper (see David Brophy, ‘Australia’s Asia’, The China Story Journal, 31 October 2012) and a powerful oration by Stephen FitzGerald that addresses … more

Australia and China at Forty: Stretch of the Imagination

Stephen FitzGerald A lecture presented on behalf of the Australian Centre on China in the World 中华全球研究中心 College of Asia and the Pacific Australian National University Marking the Fortieth Anniversary of Australia-China Diplomatic Ties   By Way of Introduction I was delighted when Stephen FitzGerald agreed to my invitation to present a keynote address at … more

Cicero’s Advice to China’s Would-be Leaders

As we have noted in essays previously published in The China Story Journal,[1] power transitions are a time when both the thoughtful and the ambitious, as well as those frustrated with the political incumbents and desirous of a new order under their successors avail themselves of diverse means and media to offer freely cautionary advice and … more

Australia’s Asia

On 28 October 2012, the Australian Government released its much-anticipated White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century. As the framers of the document remark: The scale and pace of Asia’s transformation is unprecedented and the implications for Australia are profound. Australia’s geographic proximity, depth of skills, stable institutions and forward-looking policy settings place it in a … more

In the Face of Contemporary Chinese Art

On 12 September, the novelist, translator and China specialist Linda Jaivin gave the opening speech at the ‘Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture‘ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra (13 September 2012-17 February 2013) in coordination with the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney (15 September-1 December 2012). Curated by Claire Roberts, who … more