Ai Weiwei on Art, Activism and Human Rights

An Interview with Ai Weiwei by Zeng Jinyan Ai Weiwei 艾未未 is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its … more

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

Wang Gungwu 王赓武 on Living Chinese History

In his recent work, the renowned historian Wang Gungwu 王赓武 has from various angles discussed ideas about Chinese civilisation, holistic Chinese approaches to understanding the country’s place in global affairs and the world order in the twenty-first century. Grounded in his profound scholarship on China, South-east Asia and enriched by his capacious understanding of world … more

China, Australia and the Wider World

Kerry Brown has been the Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. During his time here he has engaged with the Australia-China relationship, and scholarship on China in Australia, in its varied dimensions. He kindly agreed to offer some reflections on his experience in Australia in response to questions posed by Rebecca … more

Shaun Wang Interviews Zhang Peili

We thank Shaun Wang 王上 for allowing us to reproduce excerpts from his bilingual book Motive 动机, published by China International Press in August 2014.  Shaun is the son of two celebrated artists, Wang Gongxin王功新 and Lin Tianmiao 林天苗.  Motive is his second book. His first book, Twelve Days in Vastness, a record of his journey to Xinjiang, … more

Reflections on Xi Jinping in Canberra

On Monday 17 November, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed both Houses of the Australian Parliament and, with his wife Peng Liyuan, was fêted at a State Dinner. On that same day, Australia and China signed a free trade agreement that had been the subject of nearly ten years of negotiation. Later … 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

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