Tyger! Tyger! A Fearful Symmetry

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? — William Blake By September 2014, some forty-eight high-level Communist Party cadres, military officials and party-state bureaucrats (that is, those ranked at deputy provincial level/ ministry level and higher 副省、副部、副军级以上干部) had been swept up in … more

Regulating Chinese Investment in Australia

Beyongo Dynamic is a political economist focused on a range of Sino-African trade and investment issues. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Beyongo did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Yaounde II-Soa, Cameroon, and the Cherkassy State Technological University, Ukraine. He is undertaking … more

The Mass Line on a Massive Famine

Anthony Garnaut is a lecturer at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. He wrote his doctorate on the life of the Muslim religious leader Ma Yuanzhang (馬元璋, 1853-1920) under the supervision of Geremie Barmé, at the Division of Pacific and Asian History, The Australian National University. He has … more

A Springtime for Microfinance in China?

Dr. Luke Deer is a Research Affiliate with the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and a Research Associate with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Luke researches on the political economy of finance in China’s transition, with a focus on the … more

What Does Eco-civilisation 生态文明 Mean?

Eco-civilisation, like the various other forms of ‘civilisation’ propounded by the party authorities since the late 1970s (spiritual civilisation, material civilisation and, latterly, political civilisation), is a rhetorical device that, over time, may gain policy substance, or be subverted to ends that are at logger-heads with its superficial aims. Meanwhile, the nation is now more … more

Chinese Dragons in Australia

Tsan-Huang Tsai 蔡燦煌 is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), The Australian National University. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Dr Tsai is an ethnomusicologist who conducts research on the musical cultures of Taiwan and China.–The Editors   ___________________ On the evening of 24 July 2014, the Australian Centre … more

Hans van Dijk Remembered

This article is by Tom Baxter, a Beijing-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Economist, Art Asia Pacific and other publications. His China-centric interests range from literature and art to religion and politics. You can follow him on Twitter @TomBaxter17.—The Editors Hans van Dijk (1946-2002) was a reserved but frenetically active man whose impact on … more

Can Young Chinese Farm?

Sacha Cody first visited China in 1999 and he has lived, studied and worked there since 2002. He has worked with a global brand research consultancy, and is now a PhD candidate in anthropology. His research is focussed on the organic farming movement in and around Shanghai.—The Editors Exemplary Agriculture and the Future of Sustainable Farming in … more

An Interview with Wu Wei

Wu Wei 吴维 (b.1975) is the frontman of SMZB, a Wuhan-based Chinese punk band with a loyal following in China. Shayan Momin of the Fulbright Program in Beijing conducted this interview with Wu on 22 September 2013.–The Editors    ___________________ Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, is the largest city in central China. SMZB, which stands … more

The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan

Mark Harrison is a Taiwan specialist, Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Tasmania in Hobart and Development Director of the UTAS Asia Institute. His publications include Legitimacy, Meaning and Knowledge in the Making of Taiwanese Identity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and The Margins of Becoming: Culture and Identity in Taiwan (Wiesbaden: Harrassovitz, 2007). … more