Past Interns


Past Interns

James CampbellJames Campbell (Summer 2013)

James Campbell is a Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Melbourne and was an Exchange Student at Peking University. He said about the Internship Program:

“The internship gave me a wide variety of experiences and was also a nice change of pace from hours spent memorising Chinese characters as I had been doing in the previous months.

Our first task as interns was to assist in a summer course in Australian Studies taught by Professor David Walker. It was interesting to hear a side of Australian history that focused on Australia’s relationship with and views of Asia. This certainly provided context for Australia’s current diplomatic role in the region. It was fascinating, furthermore, to learn Chinese students’ concepts of Australia and Australians, as expressed through class discussions and essays.

The research component of the internship allowed me to look at the increasing role of Chinese currency (the Renminbi) in global finance, a topic that I believe is of great relevance to Australia. I intend to keep working in this area.

My internship concluded with assisting with the conference Australia’s China/China’s Australia’ hosted by the Peking University Australian Studies Centre. At this conference it was very interesting to hear both Chinese and Australian commentary about the relationships between the two countries. As interns, we also had the opportunity to meet with distinguished attendees and discuss these issues on a more personal level.”

Harry ChangHarry Chang 常悦 (Summer 2014)

Harry Chang comes from central China and is majoring in English Literature and Economics at Peking University. Curious about Australia, he took Professor David Walker’s ‘Australian Survey Course’ and was deeply impressed by both the course and the professor. He befriended the Australian interns and greatly enjoys talking with them about issues concerning Australia and China. Harry is interested in history, language, philosophy, as well as international relations. He feels that contemporary Australian and Chinese societies are marked by different cultures and wants to explore what this difference in culture can bring to both countries. Additionally, Harry is a lover of tennis, table tennis, and soccer.

Luke CoatesLuke Coates 小白 (Spring 2014)

After watching a young Kevin Rudd’s meteoric rise on television, Luke decided to take a year off from his Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and teach English in China. Two weeks later he was on a plane to Changchun, Jilin Province. After a few months, he fell in love with the place and got to learn Chinese. Luke spent two years in Changchun, where he taught English, translated and appeared on low-budget Chinese television. Luke has just finished a Master’s degree in International Politics at Peking University, which was capped off by a 30,000 Chinese character dissertation about Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. Luke’s hobbies include history, language, basketball and participating in cooking shows.

Mark EelsMark Eels (Spring 2014)

Mark Eels 罗马克 is from the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. After embarking on a planned gap year that quickly burgeoned into six years across almost fifty countries, Mark returned home in 2011 to complete a Bachelor of International Relations and International Business at Bond University. Slowly narrowing his focus toward a specialisation in East Asian affairs and Chinese language studies, Mark decided to continue his research in Beijing, China. He is currently completing a Master of International Relations at Peking University. Areas of interest include foreign policy analysis, political economy, non-traditional security, public policy, energy, and East Asian affairs. Whilst studying, Mark is also working for a fast-paced, strategic advisory service provider in Beijing that systematically tracks policy discussion across economic and social sectors. Approaching his final year at Peking University, Mark is commencing work on his final thesis, which will examine the evolution of Australia’s regional engagements, foreign policy, and security postures, analysing Australia’s status as a constructive middle power in Asia.

Rob Harris

Rob Harris (Summer 2013)

Rob Harris studied Chinese in high school and completed an intensive language course at Beijing Language and Culture University as part of his tertiary studies. As an undergraduate, Rob majored in History and Asian Studies and he holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Melbourne. Rob has travelled extensively in China and Southeast Asia over the last two years, in particular through Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and has formed a lifelong addiction to Sichuan cuisine.

As an Intern at the Australian Studies Centre, Rob thoroughly enjoyed assisting with the summer intensive course and getting to know the Peking University students. Rob had the opportunity to meet attendees of the Australia’s China/China’s Australia conference while showing them around the Peking University campus. Rob hopes to continue building connections between Australian and Chinese students back in Melbourne.

HattieHoughtonProfileHattie Houghton (Autumn 2014)

Hattie Houghton is from Melbourne, Australia and has just completed a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and a Diploma in Mandarin Chinese. Her interest in China comes from a long established relationship with the Chinese language. She first learned Chinese at the age of three at Chung Hwa School in Brunei.  She continued learning Chinese throughout high school and university.

Hattie is interested in innovative ways to minimise impact to the environment. She has volunteered at Landcare Australia by planting trees, and Beyond Zero Emissions, a not for profit organisation which researches technical and existing solutions for turning Australia into a zero carbon economy.  At the Australian Studies Centre she hopes to look at the trade of natural resources between China and Australia. She will also be doing a language course at Beijing Language and Culture University and is genuinely excited to improve her language ability while living in China. Hattie also enjoys staying fit by playing hockey for Monash Hockey Club, and has participated at the Australian University Championships for rowing.

Panzhu JinPanzhu Jin 金畔竹 (Summer 2014)

Panzhu Jin is a student at Peking University, majoring in English literature. She took Professor David Walker’s ‘Australian Survey Course’ and became interested in interning at the Australian Studies Centre. Australia has always held a great attraction for her and she is very interested in cultural communication in the meantime, so she believes this is a precious chance to further her knowledge about Australia.

On campus, Panzhu is active in various voluntary activities and student clubs, through which she has developed strong organisational abilities and enriched her student experience. She is positive in character, but with a serious and responsible work attitude, and able to coordinate a team.

Her hobbies are singing and drawing. She sings first alto in the PKU Early Autumn Chamber Ensemble and has thrice performed on campus. She is also a culinary connoisseur, always on the hunt for delicious food!

Madeleine KingMadeleine King 王麦荻 (Autumn 2014)

Madeleine King 王麦荻 is a fourth year undergraduate student from Canberra, Australia who is near to finishing her Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies degree from the Australian National University. She is fortunate enough to be spending 2014 on university exchange at Peking University studying Chinese language, one of her majors along with her major in Pacific Studies.

Madeleine’s key academic area of interest concerns the Pacific Islands region and how growing informal and formal Chinese involvement and influence is making an impact there, as well as what implications this has for Australia. Her hobbies include travelling, music, eating, learning, asking lots questions, meeting new people and slowly improving her Chinese language skills!

AshleyAshley Kuong (Spring 2014)

Ashley Kuong 邝嘉敏 is an exchange student at Peking University studying English literature, an amateur actress, and an award-winning English public speaker from Macau, China. Prior to moving to Beijing, she majored in Chinese-to-English translation and interpretation at Macao Polytechnic Institute, where she received various scholarships.

Ashley is interested in cultural studies and international relations. She has visited the United Kingdom on a sponsored study tour, and attended a summer program at the Queensland University of Technology. Both of these international experiences have enhanced her interest in learning about different cultures. She was also part of a 20-member delegation to the European Union on behalf of the Tertiary Education Services Office of the Macau Government in 2013.

Her two years of working experience at the MPI Bell Centre of English in Macau has prepared Ashley to work with people from English-speaking countries. During her internship at the PKU Australian Studies Centre, Ashley hopes to conduct research on bringing Australian theatre to China. This will be based on her experience of playing a lead role in the PKU Drama Troupe production of the Australian play Cosi, which ran for many weeks at the Penghao Theatre in Beijing in late 2013 and early 2014.

Arthur LaiArthur Lai (Summer 2013)

Arthur Lai completed Bachelors degrees in Commerce and Economics at the University of Melbourne and is currently a Masters student in the Peking University – London School of Economics Public Policy Program. He said about the Internship Program:

“Working for the Australian Studies Centre has proved to be an extremely rewarding and fun experience. The best aspect about the internship is that it granted me ample freedom in conducting my own research. Working directly and closely with senior academics, I had the chance of drafting my own study in the field of geopolitics. Also working in the Australian Studies Centre has given me the unique experience and the taste on how large academic events are organised. This, together with great tutelage from Professor Walker and a fantastic cohort of bright and talented young people, made my time with the Australian Studies Centre a most rewarding experience and every bit worthwhile.”

angela leeAngela Lee 李嘉琪(Autumn 2014)

Angela Lee 李嘉琪 is from Sydney, Australia. In her younger years she had a love for Chinese culture. As an overseas-born Chinese, she is interested in her past and has taken time to travel around China. She interned at World Vision China and managed to use her Chinese skills and management major to translate company documents. After this, Angela decided to study Chinese in university. She is currently in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) studying a Bachelor of Commerce. Her majors are Human Resources Management and Chinese studies. After studying Chinese in university, she decided to go to Beijing, China for an exchange program, not only to improve her Chinese but to widen her horizons. She looks forward to seeing China once again from a new perspective, and contributing to the Peking University Australian Studies Centre’s work.

DSC_8329m_1Layla Liu 刘岑 (Summer 2014)

Layla Liu is an undergraduate student in the Department of English Literature at Peking University. Keen on literature, she decided on her major back when she was in high school. She is currently also studying for a double-major degree in psychology.

During her college years, she has participated in a student association of volunteer teaching assistance and education. She has organised and participated in many volunteer activities, including regular volunteer teaching at Huang Zhuang Primary School in Shi Jingshan District, and a one-week volunteer teaching program in Zhong County near Chongqing. Last year, she participated in organizing the ‘Forum of Education Philanthropy Youth’. She has also taken part in a cross-cultural program, visiting the United Kingdom to compete in the Contest of Debate and Model Asian Forum at Warwick University.

Layla is a lover of all forms of art—literature, music, paintings, film, and drama. She is also enthusiastic about cultural studies. Most importantly, she iss always ready to meet new friends from all over the world!

LeoLeo Liu 刘昕宇 (Summer 2014)

Leo Liu is from Nantong in Jiangsu Province, China. He is now a junior student of the English Department at Peking University, majoring in English language and literature. He majored in mathematics during his first two years on campus, but later discovered his interest in the fields of literature and language. He delights in devoting his spare time to volunteer work, such as volunteer teaching in Southeast China. In his third year at university, he took Professor David Walker’s ‘Australian Survey Course’ and has been deeply fascinated by the unique history and distinctive culture of Australia. He has decided to pursue his interest in Australian culture and literature and the development of Sino-Australian relations through his internship at the Australian Studies Centre.

MarcelMarcel Liu 刘远航 (Summer 2014)

Marcel Liu is from Xinjiang, in northwest China, and is currently an undergraduate student, majoring in English language and literature at Peking University. Marcel is a young writer and poet, using the literary pseudonym Su Huatian 苏画天, and his poems have been published by literary periodicals such as Poetry Periodical and Poetry Forest Bimonthly. He also has translation experience, particularly in the poems of Adam Zagajewski. As an English major, Marcel is particularly interested in Australian literature and he hopes to learn more about it, especially Australian poetry and immigrant literature.

Born in a small village in Henan province, Marcel feels a great affinity with the countryside, and his attention is always drawn to the development of rural areas. He once served as an interviewer for the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) and spent his summer interviewing aged villagers in rural areas of Gansu province. Other than that, he loves cycling, away from urban areas!

PatrickPatrick O’Mahoney 欧子彦 (Spring 2014)

Patrick is from Sydney, Australia, and was on exchange in Beijing studying Chinese at Tsinghua University. In Sydney, Patrick studies a Bachelor’s degree of International Studies at Macquarie University with a major in Chinese Studies, including Chinese culture, contemporary history, and Chinese language. He has been studying Chinese extensively for two years and enjoyed the opportunity to significantly improve his language ability during his Semester in Beijing.

Patrick first became interested in learning Chinese when introduced to the language in high school. What originally started out as a sole interest in language, slowly became a quest to better understand a culture he had very little knowledge of, but one that seemed particularly relevant, exciting and worth knowing more about. Thus far he’s traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie and can’t wait to do more travel inside of China! Whilst in Beijing, on top of this role as an intern, he served as President of the Beijing Chapter of the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA).

Aside from all things China related, when he’s back home in Sydney, Patrick loves surfing and going to the beach with his dog, following the Australian Football League and playing guitar.

profile-JulienRJulien Rosendahl (Winter 2014-15)

Julien Rosendahl is a fourth-year Arts/Law undergraduate student from Griffith University, Queensland. In 2014, Julien completed a semester exchange at the University of Hong Kong and a two month internship with the PKU Australian Studies Centre, supported by a Prime Minister’s Asia Australia Endeavour Award.

Julien’s interest in China and Australia-China relations began after a summer course in 2013, studying Chinese Business and Mandarin language in Guangzhou. Despite having limited engagement with China previously, the opportunity to be immersed in a foreign language and culture spawned a profound personal interest in learning about China, and opportunities for Australia to engage with a key power in the Asia-Pacific region.

During his time as a Research Intern for the Australian Studies Centre, Julien focused on China’s future ambitions for the Antarctic region, and their implications for Australia-China relations and domestic Australian policy. This field of research was inspired by his studies in Energy Law and Public International Law at the University of Hong Kong.

Aside from his interest in international affairs and public policy, Julien is also an active musician – having previously studied Cello at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

river (1)Ross Tan 谭若思 (Autumn 2014)

Ross Tan 谭若思 is a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award Scholar from the Australian National University, where he is writing an Honours thesis on how Australian students construct their experiences of studying abroad in China, and exploring the power dynamics underlying their motivations and interactions with Chinese society. He will be using his time at the Centre to undertake fieldwork research and finish the writing of his thesis.

A Chinese-born Australian from Melbourne, Ross has had a long interest in international education and cultural exchange, especially between Australia and China, but also on a broader global level. He has previously studied Chinese to an advanced level at Tsinghua University, as well as the privilege of also having studied at UC Berkeley, University of Alabama Law and University of Turin, for varying degrees of time. Ross is keenly interested in social entrepreneurship and innovation, and hopes to work in the future exploring the connection between development, enterprise and culture in practice. Apart from his research work, Ross is also currently involved in co-founding an enterprise focused on developing trade in organics and sustainable agriculture between Australia and China.

NeilNeil Thomas (Spring/Summer 2014)

Neil Thomas 牛犇 is a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award Scholar at Tsinghua University, where he is writing an Honours thesis on the dynamics of Chinese central-local governance and their impact upon Australia-China relations, towards the completion of a Law/Arts degree from the University of Western Australia, where he is a UWA Fogarty Scholar. He will be using his time at the Centre to conduct additional research to publish an article in this area, as well as construct the Centre’s online presence and organise events that bring together local Chinese students and academics in order to form a genuine Australian Studies community in Beijing.

Neil is also especially interested in the interaction between the Australia-China policy and media spaces and people-to-people communication, being the inaugural National Publications Director of the Australia-China Youth Association, Publications Manager for the 2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue, and founding Editor of the AustraliaBites and ChinaBites cultural newsletters, as well as the bilingual and peer-reviewed ACYA Journal of Australia-China Affairs, co-published with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre. He has had articles on Australia-Asia relations published by The Australian, The Drum, and The China Story.

Neil is a New HSK Level 6 qualified Chinese linguist and has previously studied at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University and been a Chinese Government Scholar at Zhejiang University and Renmin University. He hopes to pursue a career in Australia-China policy or diplomacy, and has work experience with Danwei, China International Publishing Group and Geoff Raby & Associates. Neil was also a panelist at the 2013 FASIC Conference ‘Australia’s China/China’s Australia: Past, Present & Future’ and Delegate to the 2013 ANU Asia Pacific Week.

Ciara WangCiara Wang (Autumn 2014)

Ciara Wang has recently graduated from the University of Queensland (U.Q). After two years studying translation and interpretation, she learned a lot about Australia, and the significance of establishing a sound relationship between Australia and China.

Her experience working on the ACYA UQ Chapter executive provided her with opportunities to work with an efficient and marvelous team to meet the goal of increasing mutual understanding between young people of these two countries and providing high quality events for all the students interested in China.

Last year, she passed the accreditation examination for Professional Translator and Professional Interpreter and obtained NAATI Level Three Certificate.  She is looking forward to contributing to the Peking University Australian Studies Centre to strengthen Sino-Australian relations by organizing events and stimulating the interest of students in both Australia and China.

Linda WangLinda Wang 王阳阳 (Summer 2014)

Linda Wang is a junior student at Peking University, where she majors in English literature and international relations. She is also a director of the Culture China Elite Project initiated by Professor Tu Weiming, the Dean of the PKU Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies. Her major fields in this project are Chinese religion and the traditional and current development of Confucian thought.

In her international relations studies, Linda is especially interested in the foreign policies of China in recent decades. After taking classes with Professor David Walker, she has also become very curious to know more about Australia domestic and foreign policy, and especially multicultural policy, since Australia has long been one of the largest immigrant countries in the world. Her hobbies include Chinese history, archaic music, and swimming.

Wen XuWen Xu 徐 闻 (Autumn 2014)

Wen Xu 徐 闻 is majoring in English and literature, and minoring in psychology studies at Beijing Normal University. After finishing her exchange courses at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia last semester she developed a keen interest in Australia and China affairs, across foreign policy, multiculturalism and economic-relations.  Peking University’s reputation for academic excellence in China, makes completing the ACYA-PKUASC Internship even more worthwhile.  Wen is also considering further academic study at Peking University at the completion of her internship.

As an active student on campus, she was the member of the Students’ Association for International Network B.N.U, where she interacted with the students of various cultural backgrounds.  She also has experience in translating news articles, mainly relating to international tennis tournaments.

With the strong curiosity about Australian culture, she is very much looking forward to pursuing as many activities as possible at the Australian Studies Centre.

Joel Wing-LunJoel Wing-Lun (Summer 2013)

Joel Wing-Lun is a senior visiting student in the Department of Sociology at Peking University. Joel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 with first class honours and the university medal. He worked as a researcher and analyst at China Policy in Beijing and the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, before joining the Australian Studies Centre. Joel also serves as Governance and Law Coordinator for the Australia-China Youth Dialogue.

While at the University of Sydney, Joel was the recipient of the Winston G. Lewis Prize in Chinese History, the Gough Whitlam Larry Kwok Australia China Scholarship, the T.M. Hsiao Scholarship for Chinese Studies, and the Walter Reid Memorial Prize. His writing on Chinese history, politics and society has been published in the Asian Studies Review, ACYA Journal of Australia-China Affairs, Sydney Globalist, and on the Lowy Interpreter blog.

At the Australian Studies Centre, Joel assisted with the delivery of the Centre’s summer school course ‘Australia: From 1788 to the Present’, reacquainting himself with Australian history and Australia’s Asian history and discovering how Australia might look through Chinese eyes. He also assisted at the Foundation for Australian Studies in China conference ‘Australia’s China/China’s Australia: Past, Present and Future,’ and coordinating activities with the Lowy Institute, the Australia-China Youth Association, and the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, including the ACYD-FASIC Fellowships and Professor David Walker’s presentation at the Dialogue in Melbourne. Joel is currently preparing a paper for publication on the contemporary Chinese historian and public intellectual Wang Hui.

Kelsi ZhangKelsi Zhang 张佳欣 (Summer 2014)

Kelsi Zhang is from Xi’an, a former imperial capital of China. She is now a junior student at Peking University, majoring in English language and literature, and minoring in international relations. During her first two years on campus, she devoted her time to volunteering and invited many of her overseas friends to help out ‘empty nest’ older people.

Moreover, in her assistant work as a student journalist for the PKU Office of International Relations, she reported on several visits to China by and interviewed many presidents of Australian universities. Kelsi became fascinated and intrigued by Australia after listening to a lecture about the relationship between Australian literature and the Australian environment.

In her third year at university, Kelsi is concentrating on her studies and is particularly interested in Australian history, culture, and literary works. She has decided to continue her exploration of Australian culture and literature by interning at the Australian Studies Centre.

Alex ZhaoAlex Zhao 赵博为 (Summer 2014)

Alex Zhao is from Tianjin, China. He is a junior student at Peking University, majoring in English language and literature and minoring in psychology. With over three years of systematic study in the English department, he has developed a strong interest in the English language, Western history, education, and China-Western relations. This year his team came third in the ‘Challenge Cup’, with a work on the admission criteria of the world’s top universities (including several top Australian universities). He also explored Australia’s attractiveness as an international study destination in an academic essay entitled ‘Australian History and Culture’.

As a former member of the Youth Volunteer Department of the PKU School of Foreign Languages, Alex has enjoyed participating in many volunteering activities. He has also won prizes in public speaking, loves soccer and cooking, and is fond of traveling in his spare time.

Kate Robinson (Spring 2015)

Kate is originally from country Victoria and now calls Beijing home. She is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies/Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Asia-Pacific Studies at the ANU. Kate’s degree has given her the opportunity to travel, work and study throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. Kate has two years during the course of her degree living in China on a PM’s Endeavour Award. She quickly discovered that she spent all her time talking to people about feminist issues – specifically what feminism means to young women today and ‘leftover’ women. Kate is currently doing research into her honours thesis on domestic violence legislation in China. She has previously interned at UN Women, Austrade and the Women’s Legal Centre (ACT), and is a national member of the Young Women’s Advisory Group at the Equality Rights Alliance.


Jordan Gifford-Moore (Spring 2015)

Jordan Gifford-Moore is a law and politics undergraduate student from Adelaide, Australia. Receiving a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award has allowed him to spend a year living in Beijing and undertaking research. During this time he has studied in the Masters of Laws program at Peking University, is currently interning at the Australian Studies Centre of Peking University and will continue to learn Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University.

Jordan’s legal work has previously included commercial litigation experience as a law clerk, and legal philosophy and property rights as a researcher. His interest in politics has also taken him to Washington DC to intern in the House of Representatives. Exposure to policy-making in the United States prompted him to write a paper on the relationship between Federal Reserve monetary policy and the Chinese economy, and furthered his interest in international relations, economics, and geostrategic issues. He hopes to use his time at the Australian Studies Centre to gain a deeper understanding of these areas. In his free time he enjoys using the facilities at Peking University to swim, play badminton, squash and ping pong.


Brad McConachie (Spring 2015)

Brad McConachie is from Brisbane, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) from Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Government and Politics with Grade I Honours from Griffith University. He has studied in Australia, the United States and Spain and was recently awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to complete his PhD thesis.

Brad’s interest is in social policy with an emphasis on improving relations between Australia and China through people-to-people links in the area of research and education. Brad will spend his time at the Australian Studies Centre conducting research on the increasing priority of the Australian government to utilize higher education as a mechanism of public diplomacy to build soft power capabilities within China.

Brad’s interest in China was peaked while visiting in 2013 for the China-Australia Dialogue in Beijing leading him to return again for the Peking Scholars Program in 2014. Brad is looking forward to starting his Chinese language studies while in Beijing and continuing to learn more about Chinese culture.


Annika Aitken (Spring 2015)

Annika Aitken is from Perth, Western Australia, and holds Bachelor of Arts (in International Relations and Chinese) and Bachelor of Economics degrees from UWA. Her key area of academic interest is in Sino-Western relations and how China’s rise is perceived and responded to by other states. Last year she wrote her Honours thesis on contending interpretations of Chinese foreign policy, and intends to pursue further postgraduate study in this area later in the year.

Living in Perth, Annika has been influenced by the significant Australian-Chinese diaspora over the years, and has developed a keen interest in traditional Chinese culture. She has also developed a strong personal interest in contemporary Chinese art, and is a great fan of Beijing’s 798 art district. Whilst she is in China she hopes to work on her (gradually improving) putonghua, and explore some of the country’s North-Eastern provinces.


Jeff Eagle 于一工 (Autumn 2015)

Jeff is a Chinese Australian from Newtown and Byron Bay, NSW. As a bilingual fluent both in English and Mandarin Chinese, he possesses a ‘congenital’ interest in Australia-China relationships, especially in bilateral trade and investment. Through his previous studies in International Business, he has conducted individual researches on China’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Attractiveness to Australia and Monopolistic Competition Nature of Australian Higher Education Industry, etc.

Being its local contact in Sydney 2009, Jeff assisted a business delegation comprising members from Henan Provincial Commerce Department and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Henan Sub-council with professional knowledge and human network. Also, he has worked as a personal assistant for Australian music icon – Mr Tim Freedman, whose band – The Whitlams is named after former Australian Prime Minister and founder of diplomatic relations with China – The Hon Edward Gough Whitlam AC, QC.

Taught orally by his maternal grandfather before he could even read, Jeff developed an early interest in Chinese history and Western influence on Chinese modern culture. Being able to better utilise his cultural and academic backgrounds, he is pleased to do a research on Chinese Companies Listed on Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) under historian and BHP Billiton Chair – Prof David Walker’s supervision at Australian Studies Centre, Peking University.

Jeff holds a Master of Business from The University of Newcastle Australia, and he is currently undertaking a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) course at Renmin University of China.


Ruo Xi Wang (Autumn 2015)

Ruo Xi Wang is from Renmin University of China where she studies a BA in international politics. She was one of the co-founders and Communication Officer of the NGO: Global Children’s Vision, China (whose headquarters is in the USA). During her third year, she completed a one-year exchange program at Macquarie University in Australia on a full scholarship. This opportunity helped her gain valuable knowledge of Australian history and foreign affairs through studying and traveling and network with the young Australian by attending extracurricular activities like the Diplomacy Conference, the 2015 Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit, etc. Her desire of promoting Australia-China communication and deep academic interest in researching the bilateral relations has been greatly boosted ever since.

Ruo completed an internship at the Centre for Independent Studies, Australia as a research assistant for Mr Benjamin Herscovitch on analyzing Australia-China relations. Her op-ed “Should Australia lean to Japan before China?” was posted at online opinion during her exchange. She also participated in and led several research studies related to international politics independently. Her research on China’s international image won an Award of Excellence in the “Cup of Innovation” competition.

Ruo has a particular interest in Asia-Pacific security and strategy in the context of regional power shift from the US to China. Currently she is keen in researching Sino-Australian relations, especially from the perspective of analyzing Australia’s strategic choice between its biggest trade partner, China and its traditional security guarantor, the U.S.