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The 10th Australian Writers’ Week Held at Peking University

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The 10th Australian Writers’ Week Held at Peking University On May 11, the 10th anniversary of Australian Writers’ Week was successfully held at the School of Foreign Languages, Peking University. This event was co-organized by the Australian Studies Centre, Peking University, the World Auto/Bibliography Center, Peking University, the Australian Studies Centre, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and the Australian Embassy to China. The Australian Writers’ Week was initiated by the Australian Embassy in 2007, aiming to promote the cultural exchanges between China and Australia. It was held annually at some universities in Beijing and other two cities across China. It is the 10th year for the Australian Studies Centre at Peking University to host the annual event. The Australian Embassy to China announced that this would be the last Australian Writers’ Week in China, however, similar activities would be carried out in other forms to further promote the literary exchanges and cooperation in the fields of humanities between the two countries. The 2017 Australian Writers’ Week Opens at Peking University. As it was highlighted by the theme “Australian Eyes on the World”, the 10th Australian Writers’ Week was held in the conference room on the 5th floor of the new building of the School of Foreign Languages, Peking University. The internationally known Australian writers invited to this event include Mr. Thomas Keneally, the first Australian winner of the Booker Prize and the author of Schindler’s List, and Ms. Geraldine Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the writer of the international bestseller March. The Chinese translators of the two novelists, Professor Li Yao and Mr. Zhao Susu were also invited to attend the event. The distinguished guests also included Ms. Katherine Vickers, Minister Counsellor of Australian Embassy to China, and Ms. Maree Ringland, Cultural Counsellor of Australian Embassy to China. About 100 experts, scholars and students from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Renmin University of China, Nanjing University, Capital Normal University, Beijing Union University, and the Australian Embassy participated in the event. The opening ceremony was chaired by Professor Liu Shusen, Director of the Centre for Australian Studies, Peking University. Professor Zhao Baisheng, Director of the World Auto/Bibliography Center, Peking University, chaired the sessions of a high-level talk and questions and answers. Professor Liu Shusen Launches the Event. As Professor Liu Shusen introduced, Centre for Australian Studies at Peking University have proudly organized the annual Australian Writers’ Week in the past ten years, as it could help advance the literary and cultural exchanges between China and Australia, an often disregarded cornerstone for the mutual understanding and relationship of the two peoples. He then introduced Thomas Keneally, Geraldine Brooks, and their Chinese translators, stressing that literature and literary translation have been playing an important role in promoting the exchanges,integration and common development of human civilizations. He also emphasized that literary translation could serve a society by enhancing people-to-people exchanges and understanding, just as a ferry in a river which connects the people on the two sides of the river. He compared the literary translator to the ferryman in the above metaphor. Thomas Keneally has written more than 50 literary works, including Schindler’s Ark, The Australians, and Lincoln, the first of which was made into film. Because of his outstanding achievements, Thomas Keneally is officially acclaimed as “Australia’s Living Treasure”....

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Chinese-Australian Painter Zhou Xiaoping Talks at Peking University

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Chinese-Australian Painter Zhou Xiaoping Talks at Peking University   On Monday 17 April, students of Australian Studies at Peking University were privileged to hear a guest lecture from the esteemed artist Chinese-Australian Zhou Xiaoping. Zhou, whose exhibition in Beijing successfully closed last week and will travel to Nanjing and Chengdu in the coming months, spoke about a number of topics including the importance of cultural exchange between China and Australia, the unique position that Aboriginal visual art plays in Australian culture and his long time experiencing indigenous Australia firsthand. His talk was enthusiastically received. As a deeper interaction with Zhou, students also asked questions about Australia’s multiculturalism and Zhou’s interaction with Australian leaders, two themes which have been at the core of Professor McCarthy’s Australian Studies course. Feedback from students following the lecture was positive and focussed on the uniqueness of hearing about indigenous Australia through the experience of a well-established Chinese-Australian Painter. The lecture was an eye-opening experience for the students who learned a lot not only about the Australian Aborigines culture and their art. Following the lecture, the Australian Studies Centre intern Jacinta Keast interviewed Zhou to learn more about the artist’s work and his contribution in spreading Aboriginal art and culture.   Interview with Zhou Xiaoping PKUASC: Could you tell us a bit about how you came to engage and live with Aboriginal groups in the Kimberley and Arnhem Land regions?    Zhou Xiaoping: After my first exhibition that was held in Melbourne in 1988, I went to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and met some Aboriginal people. I was stunned to see them the first time. I was so interested in finding out how they painted their colourful paintings, so then I went to the local Aboriginal Land Council to ask. Through the council’s introduction, I was very lucky to be put on the right path and meet some Aboriginal artists. At the same time, the people from the Council were also surprised that a Chinese artist was so interested in Aboriginal art, and wished to form friendships with the local Aboriginal people. In 1988, it was rare to see any Chinese around town. They then sent me up north to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. It was an amazing experience for me as someone who came from the city. I very quickly felt at home with the people and the natural environment, and soon developed friendships with Aboriginal families in the bush. I lived and hunted with them. Since the first trip, I visited them every year. As time went on, I was adopted by Johnny Bulunbulun’s family and become one of them.   PKUASC: Currently, how do you think Chinese people view Aboriginal Australian culture? Do you hope that your work might change this perception?   Zhou: Chinese people seem to have little knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Australian culture, but they are keen to learn it. I hope to share with others the accumulation of so many years of experience, and deepen people’s understanding of Australian Aboriginal culture through my art. In 1996, I curated a joint exhibition with Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike in my hometown of Hefei for the first time to introduce Australian Aboriginal art to China. Over the past 30 years I have curated and participated in several major exhibitions, including the exhibition titled Trepang: China & The Story of Macassan, Aboriginal Trade in 2011 at the Capital Museum.   Currently, the exhibition Dialogues with The Dreaming – The Art of Zhou Xiaoping in Australia has also achieved significant outcomes. I have seen the Chinese people’s interest in Australian Indigenous culture increasing. Several universities in Beijing, such as Peking University, Renmin University, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Inner...

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Professor Greg McCarthy attends Dialogues with the Dreaming: the Art of Zhou Xiaoping in Australia

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April 1, 2017, Professor Greg McCarthy, along with members of the PKUASC team, attended Dialogues with the Dreaming, an art exhibition focusing of Chinese-artist Zhou Xiaoping’s engagement with Australia’s indigenous groups. Zhou was originally born in Anhui and trained as a traditional Chinese brush painter, but moved to Melbourne after visiting Australia in 1988. He has spent long periods of time with Australian indigenous communities in Northern Australia, particularly in Arnhem Land and the Kimberley region. His work explores the crossovers between two of the oldest cultures in the world – Chinese culture and Australian Indigenous culture – and how both cultures resolve questions of origin and connection to country. This first major survey of his work presented paintings, photographs, and multimedia from his career, including a documentary of his time spent with the late Walmajarri painter Jimmy Pike. The PKU team were immensely pleased to support this exhibition. The event was jointly organised by the Today Art Museum and the Australia Embassy in Beijing, and assisted by the Beijing Foreign Studies University’s Australian Studies Centre and Renmin University’s Australian Studies...

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Professor Greg McCarthy attends Launch of Blue Book of Australia (2015-2016) & Australia’s Asia

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On the 4th March Professor Greg McCarthy, along with the PKUASC team attended the launch of the Blue Book of Australia: the Annual Report on the Development of Australia from 2015 to 2016, as well as the launch of Li Jianjun’s Chinese-language translation of Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, edited by David Walker and Agnieszka Sobocinska. The Blue Book contained sections on Australia’s politics, economy, foreign relations, society and culture, as well as a Keynote Report on the Turnbull Government and the 2016 Federal Election. The launch was chaired by Professor Sun Youzhong, Vice President of BFSU and President of National Australian Students Association in China and Ms Vickers, Minister Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in China emphasised Australia and China’s ‘highly sophisticated relationship’, particularly with regard to the internationalisation of higher education. She also noted the cooperation between Australia in China in the lead up to the 2017 Australia-China year of tourism, as well as growing ties in academic research and publications. The launch was followed by a forum on “China, US and Australian Relations in the Trump Era” and a roundtable discussion, where Professor Greg McCarthy gave a speech. Professor McCarthy explored the implications for Australia and China of a waning US and a rising China in the Asia-Pacific region, noting the new challenges this has created for China. Attendees also heard from Rowan Callick, China Correspondent for the Australian, Professor Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, as well as a host of Chinese academics from BFSU, CASS, CIIS, East China Normal University, and Peking University. The Forum was hosted by the Beijing Foreign Studies University and Social Sciences Academic Press and co-organized by the Australian Studies Centre at BFSU and the Academy of Regional and Global Governance at...

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Professor McCarthy Attended ACEL Summit on February 18th

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From 17-19 February 2017 the Australia China Youth Association, in collaboration with Model Asia Pacific Model United Nations delivered the Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit. The Summit brought together over 50 international young leaders to engage on topics from innovation to diplomatic policy to social issues between Australia and China.   On February 18, delegates attended a function held with the support of the Australian Embassy Beijing, which brought together established leaders of the political, business and academic communities in Beijing including Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission to China, Mr Gerald Thomson, and former Chinese Ambassador Mr Jiang Chengzhong.   Professor Gregory McCarthy was a senior guest at the function, where he was welcomed both as a senior custodian of Australia and China’s academic relationship, and also as a long-term supporter of ACYA though the ongoing ACYA-PKUASC internship program. The program invites young Australian scholars to conduct research under Professor McCarthy and contribute to the growing field of academia between the two countries. A number of delegates to the Summit will be conducting internships this semester including Jacinta Keast and Dominic...

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Professor Greg McCarthy to Attend Launching Ceremony of Blue Book of Australia and Forum on China, US and Australian Relations

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Professor Greg McCarthy, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, will attend a launching ceremony of Blue Book of Australia: Annual Report on Development of Australia (2015-2016) & Australia’s Asia and a forum on China, US and Australia Relations in the Trump Era on 4 March 2017 at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China. Organized by Australian Studies Centre of Beijing Foreign Studies University and hosted by Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and Social Sciences Academic Press, the event will be held in the morning of 4 March 2017 at the Conference Hall on the 4th floor of Beijing Foreign Studies University Library. The details of the event are as follows and any friends and colleagues who are interested in attending the book launching ceremony or forum are warmly welcomed. Professor Greg McCarthy looks forward to meeting you at the event.   Launch of Blue Book of Australia: Annual Report on Development of Australia (2015-2016) & Australia’s Asia
and Forum on China, US and Australia Relations in the Trump Era Beijing Foreign Studies University 4 March 2017 Hosts: Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and Social Sciences Academic Press Organizer: Australian Studies Centre, Beijing Foreign Studies University Venue: 4th Floor Conference Hall, Beijing Foreign Studies University Library   Program 8:00-8:30 Registration 8:30:00-9:30 Launch of Annual Report on Development of Australia (2015-2016) and Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century (Chinese version)   9:30-9:45 Group Photo (in front of the Library) 9:45-10:00 Break 10:00-12:00 Forum on China, US and Australia Relations in the Trump Era   12:00-12:30 Roundtable Discussion...

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Professor Greg McCarthy Promotes Australian Scholarships in SW China

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“Australia-China Dialogue”, as one of the series event of Savour Australia, was held at Xihua University, southwest China on 21 November, 2016. Professor Greg McCarthy, the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, together with Nancy Gordon, the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, and Timothy Edward White, Deputy Consul-General, attended this event.   Professor Greg McCarthy emphasized the important role academic communication and exchanges plays in stimulating better understanding of the China and Australia. He further promoted two Australian scholarships including Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and New Colombo Plan.   The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships mainly attracts talents from Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the United States to study and research in Australia and Australians to do the same in China. The New Colombo Plan provides opportunities for Australian students to study in China and vice versa.   Professor Greg McCarthy encouraged more Chinese students to apply for these scholarships and Fellowships to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia and promoted academic exchanges and cooperation between the two nations.   Liu Qingyou, president of Xihua University, said the Australian study center at Xihua University would like to play a more active role in promoting research cooperation between China and Australia and encourage more students to study in Australia. To encourage opening up and international cooperation in education is an important part of the 13th Five-Year Plan and the university would pay great attention to it, according to Liu.   The experts and scholars on Australian issues from China and Australia had a dialogue on “Sustainability – Social and Environmental Issues”. They discussed various topics including ecological civilization construction, ecological literature, rural health insurance system and pension system in China and Australia.   Victoria State of Australia and Sichuan Province of China are sister state and province and have a close relationship in the past years. As a key provincial university, Xihua University has actively participated in and hosted many China-Australia cultural and academic communication activities and promoted the relations of the two nations. The officials of Xihua University welcomed more world renowned professors to teach and do research at the university....

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Australian Writers’ Week 2016 Promotes Australian Literatures via Translation

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Australian Writers’ Week 2016 Promotes Australia via Literatures and Translation     The Australian Writers’ Week 2016 was held at Peking University on 14th March, 2016 in Beijing, capital of China.   The aim of this event was to help more Chinese people to learn about Australia through Australian writers’ literatures and their translated version from English into Chinese.   Professor Greg McCarthy, the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, hosted the event attended by two renowned Australian writers Robert Drewe and Claire Wright.   In order to provide enough background information for in-depth understanding of their work, Professor Greg McCarthy told the audience about the achievements, artistic features and the great influences of the two writers in Australia.   The two writers then delivered a speech respectively on themes, characters and story telling styles in their literatures about Australian society, history and life of people in all walks of life.   The two speeches were complementary and could help listeners understand contemporary Australian literatures and think about whether their opinions on Australia could reflect real Australia.   Four students of Professor Li Yao, pre-eminent translator of Australian literature into Chinese, also had an opportunity to discuss with Robert Drewe on some linguistic and cultural points which were hard to translate. These four students were Master of Translation and Interpretation at Peking University and translated works of Robert Drewe at Professor Li Yao’s class. Professor Zhang Yongxian, director of the Australian Studies Centre at the People’s University of China, and Professor Li Jianjun, director of the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University, also participated in the discussion.   An important achievement of this seminar was an agreement between well-known translator Li Yao and renowned Australian writer Robert Drewe. According to the agreement Professor Li would translate one of the Mr. Drewe’s most popular works into Chinese and the Chinese version was tentatively scheduled to be completed in 2017.   The seminar was co-hosted by the Australian Studies Centre at Peking University, the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the Australian Embassy to...

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FASIC News Report

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The 4th FASIC Australian Studies Conference Focuses on Sustainability: Social and Environmental Issues   Participants of the 4th FASIC Conference on 17 November 2016 in Guangzhou. [Photo: FASIC]   The 4th Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) Conference was held at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Capital of South China’sGuangdong Province, from 16 to 18 November, 2016.   Themed as ‘Sustainability: Social and Environmental Issues’, the conference attracted over 130 experts and scholars on Australian studies from China and around the world. They shared their latest research findings on various topics including education, environment,  translation, linguistics , cultural transmissions, Australia-China relations, sustainability, literature as soft diplomacy and creative writing. A media forum related to Australia studies in China  was also included in the conference.   BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies at Peking University, Professor Gregory McCarthy delivers a speech at the Conference  [Photo: FASIC]   The conference was convened by Professor Gregory McCarthy, BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies at Peking University, hosted by the Centre for Australian Studies and the Centre for Oceanian Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, co-organized by Australian Studies Centre at Peking University and sponsored by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China.   According to Professor McCarthy, the aim of the conference was to promote Australian studies in China and explore how the Australia-China relationship can be sustained across diverse fields of knowledge including the environment, education, linguistics, diplomacy, trade, cultural expression in literature, translation and language studies.   Professor Chang Chenguang, Dean of the School of International Studies and Director of the Centre for Australian Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, opened the conference. He welcomed the scholars from all across China and around the world for this special event and wished the scholars to enjoy this academic feast as well as the city of Guangzhou . Australian Consul-General in Guangzhou. Mr Dominic Trindade delivered a welcome speech at the opening. Professor Yan Guangmei,Vice-President of Sun Yat-sen University met the conference organizers before the conference opening.   The Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, HE Jan Adams (L, 4th) , Kevin Hobgood Brown AM (L, 2nd) Chair of the Foundation for Australian Studies in China, and Professor Gregory McCarthy (R, 4th) BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies at Peking University at the welcome reception. [Photo: FASIC]   The Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China HE Jan Adams delivered a speech at the welcome reception for the Conference and highly recognized the important role the conference series played in stimulating communication, promoting bilateral understanding and strengthening relations between China and Australia. She also said discussion on sustainability and effectiveness of Australian Studies Centres in China could help to explore how to make sure that the Australian Studies is reaching the broadest possible audience, how the next generation of scholars continues to engage with Australian Studies and how it will remain a lively field of inquiry into the future.   Prestigious Expressions Dance Company’s performance was the highlight of the welcome reception . Dance is a strong medium for deepening relations between China and Australia as it involves expressive moment that matches the aim of the FASIC to enhance people’s collective understanding of how the movement of people, ideas, research, knowledge, friendship and networks all are transforming...

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UTS Open Day Event

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