1. Dr. Brendan Taylor,  China s Rise in Asian and World Affairs,  June 15, 2006.

  2. Dr. Jian Zhang,  Chinese Nationalism and Sino-Japanese Relations,  June 26, 2006.

  3. Philippa Black,  Washington Mandarins and the People of China as a Great Power during World War II,  June 27, 2006.


  1. A film  Delamu  from Southwest China directed by Jinghong Zhang. This is a documentary film drawing on the pastoral life of the minorities along the Nujiang Valley in Southwest China, May 30, 2006.

  2. Buddhist Studies Australian Association of Buddhist Studies Conference, The University of Sydney, June 16-17, 2006.

  3. China s Future Diplomacy: A Public Symposium, hosted by the China Foreign Affairs University and Asia-Pacific Collage of Diplomas, ANU, July 4, 2006.



    1.America s Coming War with China. A Collision Course Over Taiwan

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Palgrave Macmillan, 179 pp.

    2.Ways of Seeing China. From Yellow Peril to Shangrila

By Timothy Kendall. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 254 pp.

    3.Thunder form the Silent Zone. Rethinking China

By Paul Monk. Scribe, 320 pp.

    4.Rural women in Urban China: Gender, Migration, and Social Change

By Tamara Jacka. The ANU Co-op Bookshop.

    5.International Aid and China s Environment: Taming the Yellow Dragon

By Kathy Morton. The ANU Co-op Bookshop.

    6.China Candid: The People on the People s Republic

By Sang Ye, edited by Geremie Barmei with Miriam Lang. The ANU Co-op Bookshop.




  1. Dorothy Solinger,  State Transitions, Citizenship Shifts and the City in Modern China,  October 7 2005.

  2. Benjamin Penny,  Xuyun Laoheshang: A Brief Examination of Two Textual Representations of the Venerable Chinese Monk Xuyun (1840-1959),   December 6 2005.



A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

By Yiyun Li. Fourth Estate. 203pp. This book is a collection of 10 stories, dealing with various stages in Chinese history, from the days of the palace eunuchs to the Cultural Revolution and the failures of communism and capitalism. Author Yiyun Li was singled out by Salman Rushdie and New Yorker editor David Remnick as a leading writer of her generation, but her application for US residency was recently denied on appeal.




Anthony Garnaut, Sun Yat-sen, the Retiring Sage of the Early Chinese Republic, August 16, 2005. Abstract: Sun Yat-sen, like all prominent men of society in China, was known by a host of names. Each of the names that he used outside of his home village are still used  to describe different aspects of his personality and legacy: as a writer he is Sun Wen; as a revolutionary he is Sun Zhongshan; as a Christian and visionary he is Sun Yat-sen; and as the founding father of Nationalist China, he is simply Guofu. This talk looks at the  retiring sage,  or virtuous recluse, representing an ideal of human behaviour with a long tradition in Chinese culture. The recluse was particularly prominent in periods of Chinese history when the state was not governed by the principles of the Way. While each of the major religious traditions of China extols a particular definition of eremitic activity, the recluse occupies a place in Chinese political and literary culture that cannot be confined to any sectarian tradition.


Taiwan research travel grants. The ANU Contemporary China Centre has received funding from the Chiang Ching kuo Foundation to enable ANU academic staff and doctoral students to undertake research trips to Taiwan. Applications for the remainder of 2005 and all of 2006 are due by July 1. Describe in one or two paragraphs the purpose of the research trip and include a proposed expense budget. Applications should be sent to Jennifer Sacki, Administrator of the Contemporary China Centre, RSPAS.


    1.Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation

By Professor Garfield, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

    2.Is Taiwan Chinese?─The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities

By Melissa J. Brown. University of California Press, L. A.

    3.Mao-The Unknown Story

By Jung Chang & Jon Halliday, Jonathan Cape, London.

    4.Bastard Moon: Essays on Chinese-Australian Writing

Edited by Wenche Ommundsen. Otherland Literary journal, Vic. Australia. Contents: Chinese Remonstrances (Alison Broinowski), Confucians Down Under (Shen Yuanfang), I Married a Foreigner: Recovering Chinese Masculinity in Australia (Kam Louie), What s behind White Masks and Yellow Skin: A postecolonial Critique of a Chinese Sex Debate in Sydney (Yong Zhong), An Interview with Brian Castro (Ouyang Yu), Castro s after China in China (Feen Liang), Re-siting Australian Identity: Configuring the Chinese Citizen in Diana Giese s Astronauts, Lost Souls and Dragons and Will-iam Yang s Sadness (Tseen Khoo), An Interview with Lillian Ng (Ouyang Yu), Beyond Belief: Representation and Revolt in Lillian Ng s Swallowing Clouds (Shirley Tucker), Crossing over but Staying Close: Ee Tiang Hong and Beth Yahp in Australia (Kirpal Singh), Reconciliation between Generations and Cultures: Clara Law s film Floating Life (Lili Ma), Slipping the Net: Trevor Hay and Fang Xiangshu s Stories of Modern China (Wenche Ommundsen), An Interview with Arlene Chai (Rodney Noonan), Australia as Dystopia: Recent Mainland Chinese Writings in Australia (Anne McLaren), An Interview with Sang Ye (Ouyang Yu), Death in the  New Chinese Literature  of Australia (Qian Chaoying).




  1. Mr. Philip Snow, "China in Africa," May 20.
    Abstract: World attention has started to focus on the formidable commercial presence which China has now established throughout the African continent as part of its quest for resources. Philip Snow will attempt to assess the importance of this phenomenon by placing it in the overall context of Sino-African relations. He will trace China's presence in Africa back to the maritime contacts which developed from the Tang to the Ming periods and enforced intermingling of Chinese and Africans in colonial times. After 1949, the Chinese government made an effort to present itself as a patron of Africa through its backing for independence movements and its spectacular economic aid programme for newly independent African states. Simultaneously, China used the continent as an area for fighting its private duels with the USA, Taiwan and the former Soviet Union. Finally, considers the varying responses of Africans to the Chinese and compares the human record of the Chinese in Africa with that of the Europeans.
  2. Dr. Yanyin Zhang, "The Second Language Development of Chinese Aspectual Marking – Progressive and Experiential Markers, " May 12. Abstract: This study describes the second language acquisition process of two Chinese aspectual markers: the progressive zhengzai, and the experiential guo. It explores the way in which the temporal semantics were expressed by the learners before and after aspectual markers were formally introduced in the classroom. It also investigates the temporal and lexical environment in which the markers were used and spread over time in the learner's second language grammatical system. The data corpus consisted of 24 sets of spontaneous speech data collected from three English-speaking university students over a period of one academic year. Through a distributional analysis, it was found that before instruction, no grammatical means were employed by the learners to mark the aspectual context. It was also found that the learners maintained a clear temporal distinction in their use of the two markers and the use of the markers was associated with verb types – the inherent or lexical aspect of the predicates. The findings support the existing literature on the 12 acquisition of inter-language temporal semantics (Bardovic-Harlig, 1999, 2000) and offer food for thought for the teaching of Chinese aspectual markers.
  3. Dr. Song Geng, "Deconstructing the Discourse of Love: Re-reading Xixiang ji (The Story of the Western Wing), "May 13.
    Abstract: From the very first poem in Shijing (The Classic of Odes) to the great masterpiece Honglou meng (The Dream of the Red Chamber), there exists a household canon of aiqing (love) literature in Chinese literary history. However, as this paper will reveal, the canon of aiqing was a construct developed only in the 20th century as an effort to reinvent the Chinese tradition in order to cater to the Marxist discourse of modernity and progress. Did 'aiqing' really exist in pre-modern China? What is the difference between qing in Chinese culture and aiqing, or the modern love discourse? What is the relationship between the canonisation of love discourse and the Communist ideology of history? These are some of the questions that I will attempt to address through an ideological re-reading of the Yuan zaju version of Xixiang ji (The Story of the Western Wing), which has been posited in a very important position in the canon of love literature and has been applauded as the 'lovers'? bible' in pre-modern Chinese literature.
  4. Dr. Yiyang Wang, "Shanghai's Ambiguity as the 'Native Place' in Contemporary Chinese Fiction, " May 13.
    Abstract: Shanghai is a city of many contradictions. Its urban history of less than two hundred years makes it a baby in the lineage of Chinese cities and yet as a cosmopolitan centre it proclaims to be the most imposing sibling of all. Whereas most Chinese metropolitan centres find their identity in Chinese national history, Shanghai is proud of its colonial past. Its birth, growth, glory and shame all bear a close relationship with the West – the colonial powers in the past and trans-national capitals in the present. Shanghai's reputation as the 'Paris of the Orient' entails a cultural ambiguity and it begs the question: Is Shanghai Chinese? Shanghai's colonial legacy is most noticeable with its flourishing cosmopolitanism. Some recent Chinese novels with Shanghai as the narrative setting characterise Shanghai's local identity through cosmopolitanism so much so that having a cosmopolitan outlook seems essential to being a Shanghai local. This phenomenon accentuates Shanghai's ambivalent cultural belonging: if Shanghai's local identity is fundamentally based on cosmopolitanism and trans-nationalism, can Shanghai perform the usual role of the 'native place' in literature as other more 'Chinese' cities? This paper intends to explore Shanghai's paradoxical 'Local cosmopolitanism' through examining the city's ambiguous cultural space in three recent novels: Song of Eternal Remorse (Changhen ge, 1996) by Wang Anyi, Shanghai Baby (Shanghai baobei, 1999) by Zhou Weihui, and Sand Bed (Shachuang, 2004) by Ge Hongbing.


My Life as Emperor
By Su Tong (translated by Howard Goldblatt). Faber & Faber. 252pp. Abstract: Su Tong's epic story of the Xie dynasty in China is a world of women and palace intrigues. His story begins with the accession of the child-emperor, Duanbai, to the throne. The emperor was supported by his formidable grandmother and his birth-mother in an environment full of hostile half-brothers and stepmothers, and his inexperience in dealing with state affairs, plus his childish cruelty that finally led him to become a deposed as a young adult. The striking ending of this novel is the image of a peaceful monastery where an emperor-turned-acrobat-turned-monk standing on a rope between two pine trees, either walking rapidly or standing a one-legged crane pose.




  1. Nhat Le,"Re-structuring Firms in Chinese Reform," March 1, 2005.
  2. Liagang Song,"Urbanisation in China: Necessity, Progress and Constrains,"April 26, 2005.
  3. Dr. Cuncun Wu,"Notes on Flower Appreciation in the Phoenix City and Connoisseurs of Male 'Flowers' In Late Nineteenth-Century Beijing,"March 2, 2005.
  4. Dr. John Makeham,"Chinese Philosophy as History and the History of Chinese Philosophy: the Formation and Development of Chinese Philosophy as an Academic Discipline Twentieth Century China,"March 2, 2005.
  5. Lewis Mayo,"Chinese History: The Problem of the History of Movement-Dance, Writing Protocols and the Politics of Unification in 10th and 20th Century Chinese Societies,"March 9, 2005.
  6. Antonia Finnane,"Consumption in Late Imperial China: An Early Modern Phenomenon,"March 9 2005.
  7. Benjamin Penny,"Qigong Masters and Animal Spirit Possession: Historicising the Religion of the Falung Gong,"March 9, 2005.


  1. Enchanting Taiwan a Photographic exhibition showing off Taiwan's natural beauty and cultural splendours.
  2. The University of Melbourne Chinese Studies Research Group (CSRG) held its inaugural pre-CSAA(Chinese Studies Association of Australia)2005 postgraduate forum on June 29-30. The aim of the forum was to provide an opportunity for postgraduates from around Australia researching within the field of Chinese Studies to informally meet and share ideas about their research experiences.




  1. China Researcher and Postgraduate Club announces Dr. John Kakeham from the University of Adelaide will come to the ANU for a seminar on�Lost Soul: Contemporary Discourse on Confucianism in China and Taiwan.�?


  1. Yao Souchou, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney,�The National Father Falls Sick: Staging the Magic of the Singapore State,�?October 27.
  2. Niu Horesh,�From Silver to Paper: Reflections on the Rise of Fiduciary Money in China,�?October 26.
  3. The Sixty-fifth Morrison Lecture,�Reforming the Local, Constructing China: Place Identity in a North China Province�?November 22 by Professor David Goodman, University of Technology, Sydney.
  4. Dr. Li Narangoa,�Nightmare and Promise: Japanese Memories and the Mongol Invasions,�?November 12.
  5. Dr. Sue Trevaskes,�Striking Hard: China�s Latest Anti-Crime Campaign,�?November 19.
  6. Gran Evans,�Lao Peasant Studies Today, November 19.�?
  7. Neville Maxwell,�Sino-Russian Boundary Settlement: Ending Centuries of Conflict?,�?December 7.
  8. China and Korea Centre invited two China specialists, Dr. Haiyan Lee, from University of Colorado at Boulder and Dr. Jubin Hu, from La Trobe University to give a seminar presentation. Dr. Lee�s topic: �Authenticity and the Socialist Structure of Feeling.�?Dr. Hu�s topic:�Projecting a Nation: Chinese Cinema after 1949.�?
  9. Scott Pacey, The Concept of Renjian Fojiao(Buddhism for the Human World) in Contemporary Taiwan.
  10. Dr. Tamara Jacka & Tina Liu, Crap Club Seminar: Women in China, September 17. Dr. Tamara Jacka will give a talk entitled:�Approaches to Women and Development in Rural China.�?
  11. Anne McLaren, �Competing for Women: The Marriage Market as Reflected in Folk Performance in the Lower Yangze Delta,�?September 14.
  12. Professor Colin Mackerras, �Ethnic Identity and Its Historical and Current Ramification in Ziniang,�?October 20.


  1. Chinese Documentary Films from the Tibetan mountains to the border with Vietnam were presented by the Centre for Cross Culture Research and the National Institute for Asia and the Pacific. The films depict rural and city life in contemporary China. They are made by a new generation of filmmakers who are working outside of traditional channels, and are of interest to both films buffs and Asian scholars. The films are:1) Wellspring, directed by Sha Qing, 49 minutes.2) Gongbo�s Happy Life, directed by Ji Dan, 86 minutes.3) The Cook and His Lovers, directed by Zhou Yuejun, 68 minutes.4)Jade Green Station, directed by Yu Jian-a well known Yunnan poet and essayist, who turns to moving images for the first time, 120 minutes.5)Delamer, directed by Tian Zhuang Zhuang.
  2. National Library of Australia�s new exhibition: Xanadu-Encounters with China. The exhibition is a traveler�s view of China from Marco Polo�s adventures in 1271 until the 1970s. More than 150 rarely-seen items from the Map, Pictures, Manuscript and Ephemera collections tell how the country has been perceived by Western observers.
  3. In October, the National Library conducted a guide to searching China Academic Journals, an online full text journal database with access to over 4000 journals in Chinese.
  4. On October 15 Professor Jon Sigurdson conducted a drinks and viewing of the xhibition �Modernization in China�?which is viewed through political posters. One of three major collections of Chinese political posters is now shown for the first time since the end of the Cultural Revolution. The collection covers the political turmoil of the 1960s and China�s frantic efforts in the 1970s to modernize without any help from the outside.
  5. The China Researchers and Postgraduate Club announcement: Dr. Gary Sigley, from the University of Western Australia came to the ANU to give a presentation on �Population, Citizenship, Governance: Political Rationality and China�s Socialist Market Economy.�?
  6. Movie in ANU: Pushing Hands. October 28.


  Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context

Issued 10, August 2004. Book review section includes books on Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan and Japan. Book reviews edited by Anne-Marie Metcalf, China and Taiwan: Shanshan Du, Chopsticks only Works in Paris: Gender Unity and Gender Equality among the Lahu of South-western China, reviewed by Christine Matthew. Ariame M. Gaetano and Jamara Jacka(editors), On the Move: Women in Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China, reviewed by Louise Edwards. Fran Martin(editor), Situating Sexualities: Queer Representation in Taiwanese Fiction, Film and Public Culture, reviewed by Kam Louie.



  1. Dr. Alan Thomas, Australia/China Relations and Regional Issues, August 6 2004. Prior to his current appointment as Australian Ambassador to China, Dr. Thomas was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also been head of the Corporate Management Division (1998-2000), and head of the North Asia Division (1997-98). Dr. Thomas also served as head of the Americas and Defence Branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and was a ministerial adviser in the early 1980s. He served earlier as Ambassador to Brazil. Dr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours from the University of Western Austral-ia, and a PhD in History from ANU. He is or has been a Board Member of the Australia China Council, the Australia Japan Foundation, the Australia Korea Foundation, the Asia Australia Institute, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
  2. Wan Wong, National Library's Chinese Acquisitions List for July 04, August 17.
  3. Mark Selden, What Should We Be Publishing in Asian Studies? August 17. Mark Selden teaches sociology and history at Binghamton University and is Professorial Associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University. His research interests include Chinese rural development, and revolutionary change.
  4. Diane McGowan, Consuming the Devilis Idols: How America Has Characterised �Tibetan Art�? August 24. In 2003 and exhibition of Himalayan art was held in Chicago. The designated doyen of Tibetan Art, Dr. Pal, stated that this exhibition was �the greatest show on Earth of the art of this kind. There has never been a greater exhibition of Himalayan art, and I doubt there will be in the next 100 years. You can quote me on that.�?A century ago, the category of �Tibetan Art�?did not exist.Tibetan objects were just a tourist curio or an ethnographic object that came from the mystical mountainous lands of Tibet. How have these �curiosities�?been transformed into an aesthetically valued object, equal to a painting by Rembrandt or sculpture by Rodin? What factors were involved in this transformation? Dianne McGowan has spent the last three years establishing and running a commercial art gallery in Sydney. Dianne research interests include all religions, ritual practices, and ritual art. She is par-ticularly interested in how religious practices are propa-gated outside of their indigenous base and the transformation of ritual objects into valuable art.


  1. 1421: The Year China Discovered the World
    Gavin Menzies, published by Bantam Press, UK. 650 pp,.本書以明成祖派三保太監鄭和七下西洋史實為經,以作者身為前英潛艇艇長,博學天文、地理、人文、航行之質為維,並與中外各界學者及地域老成多方探討,諸方得證,深信鄭和是第一個航遊全球的巨擘,至今史家奉為圭臬,稱哥倫布及葡萄牙等人最早發現新大陸、海通全球,實際上早落鄭和三百餘年之後。明成祖歿後,宣宗下旨銷毀官府有關鄭和海外揚威的巨細史跡,令人扼腕。
  2. Dragon Keeper
    By Carole Wilkinson, published by Black Dog Books, 340pp. This is a novel, set in ancient China. This novel has been short-listed for the Children's Book Council 2004 Awards in the category Books for Younger Readers.
  3. A Dictionary of Maqiao
    By Han Shaogong, Translated by Julia Lovell, Pub-lished by 4th Estate, 323pp.作者敘述文化大革命時,6年在湖南長沙勞改的經歷,及鄉農的土話、傳奇。




  1. The Last Empress: The She-Dragon of China
    By Keith Laidler. John Wiley & Sons. 290 pp. 本書是描寫有關慈禧太后一生的歷史小說。
  2. Empress Orchid
    By Anchee Min. Published by Bloomsbury. 513 pp. 本書是描寫有關慈禧太后前半生的歷史小說。
  3. The Arrival
    By Shaun Tan. Will be published this year by Lothian. 本書是描繪19世紀中葉中國勞工移民澳洲的林林總總。
  4. Mao s Last Dancer
    By Li Cunxin, published by Penguin/Viking, 446 pp. 本書是個人傳記,作者回憶因江青派紅衛兵至東北尋找有舞蹈天資的幼童,而作者幸被選上,此後以跳芭蕾舞響譽,到美國演出時,幾度棄共從美,後又終能回東北探親,現定居澳洲墨爾本。
  5. Dragon Seed in the Antipodes
    By Dr. Shen Yuanfang, published by Melbourne University Press, 196 pp. 本書旨在探討150年來澳洲華裔在異域的奮鬥經歷,以20餘名華人自傳為全書骨幹。作者原為湖北大學英文講師,後至澳洲國立大學修博士學位。



  1. The West and China Since 1500
    By John S. Gregoiy. Palgrave. 233pp.
  2. Anglo-Chinese Encounters Since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance
    By Wang Gungwu. Cambridge UP. 202pp.
  3. Australia and Recognition of the Peoples Republic of China 1494-1972: Documents on Australian Foreign Policy
    DFAT. 908pp.
  4. Buying A Fishing Rod for My Grandfather
    By Gao Xingjian. Translated by Mabel Lee. Flamingo. 172pp.本書是六個短篇小說的選集,寫於80年代(只有一篇是寫於93年)。Gao was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. Before he received the Nobel Prize, Gao made his living in France from painting. He emigrated there in 1987, renouncing his membership of the Chinese Communist Party after the Tiananmen Square massacre. France was a natural choice because he studied French and literature at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in his youth. Gao's writing are banned in his homeland China. China's Foreign Min-istry depicted the Nobel award as a political manoeuvre the nation took no pride in. During the years of the Cultural Revolution, Gao was forced to burn all his early writings and was sent to the countryside for rehabilitation. Gao's Nobel Prize novel is Soul Mountain.
  5. The Man Who Died Twice: The Life and Adventures of Morrison of Peking
    By Peter Thompson and Robert Mackun. Allen & Unwin. 380pp.本書是澳洲人莫里深在清末民初時在大陸歷險的傳記。This is Morrison's latest biography. The authors dub him the Indiana Jones of Australian journalism. George Ernest Morrison studied medicine, but had no intention of settling down to a quiet life as a GP. Instead, he travelled intensively, even by boat down the Yangze and then by foot into Burma. His resultant book, An Australian in China, led to a job offer from the Times. He thus became the paper's Peking correspondent. During his time in China, he railed at Westerners planning to leave Peking and leaving Chinese Christian converts to be slaughtered by the Boxers. Morrison collected books on China, and he attributed his success as a correspondent to a willingness to pursue Chinese sources other expatriates ignored, diplomats included. He ended his post as a correspondent for The Times when he accepted a lucrative appointment as adviser to Yuan Shi-Kai, the scheming general who was China's first republican president. Yuan was an early entrant in the pantheon of Eastern strongmen seen as saviours by naive Westerners and is today cast as one of the ace baddies of modern Chinese history; this doesn't look good on Morrison's CV. Morrison's initial gullibility about Yuan opens up real questions about the depth of his knowledge of China. His grasp of Western imperialism in China is beyond dispute, but his real empathy with the locals was constrained by his failure to master the Chinese language. Somehow, Morrison was credited with working out a political formula that guided the overthrow of the Manchus, but he himself came to despair of his inability to persuade Yuan from various idiocies and felt like an adornment acquired by Yuan to improve his credentials with foreigners, handy for really important things like raising overseas loans. He also failed to encourage Australian interest in China. After his death in 1920, the Peking street he lived in was renamed in his honour (but is now called Wang Fujing Street).
  6. The Year of the Dragon is the Lively Title of a Print Show
    By Jackie Gorring at The Hive in Lonsdale Street, Braddon, Canberra, Australia, from March until April. Gorring lived in Jiangsu province for 10 months. In her works, she mourns the passing of the Yangtze gorges, now dammed for all time.




  1. The Asian Studies, July 2003, Vol.10, No.13(197)
    •Antique Maps of China & Database, Library, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, China. The Antique Maps of China Collection includes more than 230 maps, charts, pictures, books and atlases. It represents almost all samples of China maps produced by European cartographers from the 16th to 19th centuries. This cartographic archives vividly records the long history of cross-cultural exchanges between China and the West.
    •H-Buddhism Guide to Graduate Studies Programs in Asian Religion, The Buddhist Scholars Information Network (H-Buddhism), H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University, U.S.A. This Guide concerns Asian Philosophy/Religion (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Hinduism).
    •China Bibliography: Collections of Resources, University of Maine at Farmington, ME, U.S.A. Contents: General References (Bibliography of China Sources, General History, Chinese/English Dictionaries, Chinese Dictionaries of Various Languages, Chinese Specialised Dictionaries, Publisher Address, Chinese Map-Pronunciation, Chinese Dynasties-Pronunciation); Selected Topics(About Buddhism in China, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Cities and Urbanisation, The Cultural Revolution Economics in Chinese History, Economics in Modern China, Economics-China in the WTO, East/West, Gangs, Triads, and Criminals, Hong Kong for Kids, Law, Near Neighbours[Japan, Russia, Korea, Indonesia, India].
    •Documents about Taiwan's Democratic Consolidation, 2000-2001, Digital Archive for Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany. This collection contains approximately 1000 Internet newspaper articles and documents and is grouped into 37 folders and sub-folders.
    •Chinese Taipei Film Archives, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. The Chinese Taipei Film Archives collects, restores and preserves moving image heritage of Taiwan and China. It was upgraded as film archives in 1992.
  2. Ten Thousand Miles without a Cloud (《萬里無雲》)
    By Sun Shuyin.Harper Collins.本書是作者從1999年到2000年越過戈壁沙漠,沿著絲路踏過唐三藏當年印度求經的足跡,追溯歷史的河流,詳細記錄所見所聞,以成此書。




The Faculty of Asian Studies
Semester One, 2003
•Gender in China, Professor Louie and Dr Edwards
•Chinese Foundations of Civilisation, Dr Vervoorn Semester Two, 2003
•The Chinese Model in East and Southeast Asia, Dr Jeffcott
•Emperors and Revolutionaries: History of Modern China, Dr Edwards


Chinese Lecture & Tutorial Timetable: First Semester 2003
•Modern Chinese 1: Dr Louise Edwards, Ms Wang Yan Yan, Ms Li Kaining
•Modern Chinese 3: Prof Kam Louie, Ms Linda Gillett, Ms Li Kaining
•Modern Chinese 5: Ms Tiejun Yang
•Advanced Modern Chinese: Ms Tiejun Yang
•Readings in Modern Chinese Society & Law: Ms Li Kaining
•Classic Chinese 1: Dr Colin Jeffcott
•Classic Chinese 3: Dr Colin Jeffcott


  1. The Asian Studies, Mar 2003, Vol. 10, No.7 (191)
    •A journal from Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands, contains the following articles: Virtue and Talent - Women in Early China by Zhou Yiqun, The Bourgeois Housewife as Labourer in Late Qing and Early Republican Shanghai by Constance Orliski, Visual Evidence for the Evolution of ‘Politically Correct' Dress for Women in Early Twentieth Century Shanghai by Ellen Johnston Laing, Review Articles - Man, Woman, and Body in Early Imperial China by Barbara Mittler.
    •Asian Library and the Centre for Chinese Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada has begun a project called‘Historical Chinese Language Materials in British Columbia.’Supplied note: "This project is built on a vision of access and preservation of historical Chinese language materials. On the basis of the history of major waves of Chinese settlements across the province, the project identified a total of 29 resource centres along the Gold Rush Trail, the Canadian Pacific Railway, cities and towns on the east coast of Vancouver Island, as well as the Fraser Valley. To date, over 11,000 records for 11 archives, museums and libraries have been either exported or created from scratch and incorporated in the database. All fields in the catalogue of the database are Unicode compatible and accessible in Chinese characters, English and Pinyin. Full text, whenever available, are captured in the‘Scope and Content' field. Initial evaluation suggests that the software used might also provide a suitable platform for databases in Japanese, Korean or even some of the South Asian vernaculars. Materials added to the database includes Chinese language manuscripts, newspapers, correspondence, genealogical and family records, business transaction records, association records, certificates, receipts, textbooks, photographs with captions in Chinese, catalogues, books and journals on Chinese-Canadian history and other documents.
  2. Publisher: London and New York: Routledge: “Morning Sun”, a two-hour historical documentary on the Chinese cultural revolution, co-directed and co-produced by Carma Hinton, Geremie R Barme and Richard Gordon, and co-written by Geremie R Barme and Carma Hinton, premiered at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2003. Its US premiere was at the San-Francisco Asian-American International Film Festival in March and its Chinese debut (in English with Chinese subtitles) will be at the Hong Kong International Film Festival over Easter this year. The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.




Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network, Oxford University, Oxford, UK will hold from 25-28 September 2003 a workshop on“Gender in Chinese Studies: Approaches and Directions.”


  1. The Asian Studies, late November 2002, Vol. 9, No. 22(182)
    •The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA:“Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road, 26-30 August, 2003. Second International Conference of Grotto Sites, China, ..because of limited facilities, the number of delegates is restricted to 200. Conference languages are English and Chinese. The conference program will include visits to the Mogao grottoes, a World Heritage Site with wall paintings and statuary dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. A ten-day post-conference tour visiting Silk Road sites between Urumqi and Kashgar, in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and a one-day post-conference visit to the Yulin cave temples are also planned. Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 30,2002.”
  2. The Asian Studies, Dec 2002, Vol. 9, No. 23 (183)
    •China Inside Out: Contemporary Chinese Nationalism and Trans-nationalism, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. It is a graduate-level learning text that explores the multiplicity of approaches to China, addresses the area studies and reflects on latest developments in anthropological method.
    •Yin Yu Tang, a late Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Yin Yu Tang, a late Qing dynasty house, is being re-erected as part of the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The house itself will be open to the public in June 2003.
  3. The Asian Studies, Dec 2002, Vol. 9, No. 24 (184)
    •British Intelligence on China in Tibet, 1903-1950, Formerly classified British intelligence and policy files, unique primary source for the historical background to the nature of China's present position in Tibet. Specifically selected from the papers fthe political & Secret Department in the India Office Records Files on the discovery of the 14th (the present) Dalai Lama in 1937-39. These formerly classified files and associated confidential print were accumulated at the India Office in London during the first half of the twentieth century [British intervention in Tibet, 1903-04; Tibet's expulsion of the Chinese, 1911-12; The McMahon Line and border determination; British support for Tibetan de facto independence; Changing attitudes during World War II; Indian independence and the Chinese invasion].
    • Electronic Index to the Early Shenbao (1872-1895). The Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg launches the publication of the Electronic Index to the Early Shenbao (1872-1895). The main objective of this database-project is to provide quick access to the contents of the Shenbao-certainly the most important of the early Chinese-language Shanghai newspapers, and thus contribute to the study of the late Qing press as well as to the paper's exploration as a source for historical and cultural studies. The index covers the years from the paper's foundation in 1872 to the end of the Sino-Japanese war in 1895.
  4. The Asian Studies, Feb 2003, Vol. 10, No. 3 (187)
    • Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands. It's current available volumes are: Yang Miaozhen: A Woman Warrior in Thirteenth-Century China - Pei Yi Wu, Ghost Foetuses, False Pregnancies, and the Parameters of Medical Uncertainty in Classical Chinese Gynaecology - Yi-Li Wu, Body and Identity in Liaozhai Zhiyi - Sing-Chen Lydia Francis-avh.
    • Annotated bibliography on violence in Chinese culture by Barend ter Haar, The Sinological Institute, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. It was last revised on 27 September 2002 and its contents are: 0. Criteria; 1. Bibliographies & surveys; 2. Violence as culture; 3. Warfare & technology; 4. Collective Sacrifice; 8. Cannibalism; 9. Suicide; 10. Exorcism & Healing; II. Language of Violence; 12. In Literature; 13. Violence post-1949; 14. Games and Sports; 15. Violent Groups & Feuds; 16. The State Monopoly; 17. Festivals & Carnival; 18. In Buddhism; 19. Abuse (family & sexual); 20. Tattoo; 21. Theory.




  1. "Beyond China: Migrating Identities," 108 pp.
    Yuanfang, Shen and Penny Edwards (eds.). Publisher: Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora, RSPAS, The Australian National University.
  2. The Asian Studies www Monitor: October 2002, Vol. 9, 19(179).
    •'Zhou Mi's Record of Clouds and Mist Passing before One's Eyes.' Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands. Supplied note: 'Zhou Mi's Record of Clouds and Mist Passing before One's Eyes,' by Ankeney Weitz(2002), Sinica Leidensia, 54, An Annotated Translation...The social and cultural history of Chinese art collecting during the early years of Mongol rule in China (the Yuan dynasty, 1276-1368). At the core of Weitz's book is a complete translation of the Record of Clouds and Mist Passing before One's Eyes(Yun-yan guoyan lu), an art catalogue written by the Song dynasty loyalist Zhou Mi (1232-1298). This text contains detailed records of more than forty private art collections that the author saw in Hangzhou between 1275 and 1296. www.brill.nl/product-id19448.htm .
    •'Carnival in China: A Reading of the Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan'(2002).Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands. Supplied note:"Carnival in China, China Studies 1,'A Reading of the Xinghsi Yinyuan Zhuan' by Daria Berg (2002). An anonymous traditional Chi-nese novel, portrays local society and provincial life in seventeenth-century China in comic and grotesque close-up. A satire, the novel provides fascinating insights into the popular culture and wild imagination of men and women in late imperial China. Using an array of sources fiction, poetry, texts on medical ethics, religious thought, political and philosophical treatises, morality books and local gazetteers,'Carnival in China'develops a style of reading that explores how seven-teenth-century Chinese citizens perceived their world." Internet Archive, www.archive.org .
    •'Passionate Women-Female Suicide in Late Imperial China (2001). Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands. Supplied note:"'Passionate Women-Female Suicide in Late Imperial China,' Edited by Paul Ropp, Paola Zamperini and Harr (2001). The first attempt in English-language scholarship is revising earlier views of female self-destruction that had been shaped by the August Fourth Movement and anti-Confuctian critiques of Chinese culture, and to consider the matter of female suicide in the wider context of more recent scholarship on women and gender relations in late imperial China. The volume closes with an extensive bibliography of relevant and important Chinese, Japanese, and Western publications."www.brill.nl/product-id9785.htm .
    •'Tibet, Self, and the Tibetan Diaspora'(2002). Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands. Supplied note:"'Tibet, Self, and the Tibetan Diaspora,' edited by P. Christiaan Klieger (2002). Brill's Tibetan Studies Library 2. The ten papers, presented in this eighth volume of the Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS, 2000, provide examples of the colourful and lively range of Tibetan self-expressions that exist within the modern homeland and in exile, The scholars here represent the fields of anthropology, sociology, literary studies, history, and political science. Four papers are based in studies in the modern Tibet Autonomous Region, five are grounded in the Tibetan diaspora, and one deals with both classical Tibetan history and current affairs.'www.brill.nl/priduct-id10406.htm .
    •The 24th Annual Alberta Buddhist Conference, November 1-3, 2002, Lethbridge Honpa Temple, Alberta, Canada:'Finding Serenity in the Chaos,'Sensei Grant Ikuta;'Music Therapy,'Dr Charles Willemens; 'The beginnings of Zen Buddhism,' Dr Hillary Rod-riguez;'Religion and Science,'Dr Leslie Kawamura; 'Buddhism and Science,'Andrew Ichikawa;'Journey to Cambodia,'Dennis Shigematsu.
  3. Asian Studies, October 2002, Vol. 9, NO. 20(180).
    Hoyloy (Taiwanese) Phonetic Transcriptions: "The first Web site ever built where the English reader may learn something about the Hoyloy language and its culture. Hoyloy is the native language of the majority Taiwanese. Site contents: Puns in Hoyloy sayings; Blackcat and Blackdog; The Incense Vessel of Poyaka; A Guide to Hoyloy Phonetic Transcriptions (1. Tones and Meanings, 2. linking tones, 3. Enclitic tones, 4. Words of Rolling-off Format, 5. Rhetorical Tonal Bondage, 6. Personal Pronouns and Demonstratives, 7.Contraction, 8. Overloading a Transcription, 9. Vowel Elongation, 10. Checked Tones, 11. List of Rhyming Entities, 12. Phonetic Treatment of Loan Words, 13.Insertion of Non-transcriptive Element, 14. The Alphabet); A Comparative Sentence Pattern.
  4. Asian Studies November 2002, Vol. 9, No. 21 (181)
    Chinese Text Sampler, by Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, MI, USA. The Chinese Text Sampler provides a selection of 50 carefully chosen, short, well-known Chinese texts for the use of students of the language who want to hone their reading skills while improving their cultural literacy. The goal is to offer a more eclectic and potentially accessible 'sampling of a wide range of culturally significant texts, both traditional and modern, high-brow and low, than is currently available elsewhere. In addition to Confucius, Du Fu and Lu Xun, then, it also introduces Jin Yong, Lao She, Qiu Jin, and Li Qingzhao, as well as well-known folk songs, popular children's stories, and important historical documents. A brief introduction in English is provided for each entry, and each text is available both as an html document for viewing with a web browser and as a GB-coded text file for downloading and reading with other software. In addition, each text is graded according to the difficulty of the vocabulary it contains, so that students (and teachers) can choose reading materials at the appropriate level. Its contents are Modern Literature, Classical Literature, Popular Culture, History, Ethics, Politics, Language and Linguistics, Contributor Guidelines, Comments and Suggestions.'




  1. A“superior vision”Huang Binbong (1865-1955) and the crisis in Chinese artistic consciousness, 27 August.

  2. The Morrison Lecture: Globalisation and China's‘Race to the Bottom’in Labour Standards, Dr Anita Chan, 24 July 2002.


  1. Shanghai Star 上海之星, a touring exhibition featuring work by two Chinese artists and one Chinese-Australian artist, is showing at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre until September 27. Yu Youhan, Li Shan and Fan Dongwang investigate the commonalities of contemporary Chinese visual culture and the university of cultural experience. The exhibition explores topics such as gender, technology, cultural icons and the merger between eastern and western artistic practices.

  2. The 2nd International Conference Institutes and Libraries of Overeas Chinese Studies will be held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from March 13-15, 2003. It is jointly organised by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ohio University. The theme is‘Transnational Networks: Challenges in Research and Documentation of the Chinese Overseas.’Interested persons may send an abstract of less than 500 words to the conference secretariat by 31 July 2002 to the address:www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/ conference/occ/index.htm.


  1. The Asian Studies www Monitor September 2002, Vol. 9. No.16 (176)
    China Information: A Journal on Contemporary China Studies. Documentation and Research Centre for Contemporary China, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. China Information is an English language non-profit, refereed academic journal〔ISSN 0920-203X〕with an international readership now in its 15th year of publication, which focuses on recent developments in China, Taiwan Hong Kong and other Chinese communities in the field of economics, politics, law, education, health, environment, literature and the arts.

  2. The Asian Sutdies www Monitor: September 2002, Vol. 9, No. 18(178)

    • Silk Road Narratives: A Collection of Historical Texts. Silk Road Seattle, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. Self-description:“Silk Road Seattle is an ongoing public education project using the‘Silk Road’theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasian from the beginning of the Common Era (A.D.) to the Seventeenth Century. Part of the Project is to make available interesting historical sources, which may be used in teaching and leaning about the Silk Road. Here is a list of links to texts, which have been digitised and posted on the web already. Site contents: Chinese accounts [of Rome, Byzantium and the Middle East] 91BCE-1643CE; The Han Histories 206BCE-220CE; Hou Han Shu (The Western Regions according to the Hou Han Shu) 25-220CE; Ancient Sogdian Letters 313/14CE; Faxian (Fa-Hsien) 399-414; Benjamin of Tudela 1160-1173; William of Rubruck 1253-1255; Rabban Bar Sauma 1278-1313; Francesco Balducci Pegolotti's Merchant Handbook 14th c.; Pero Fafur 1435-1439; The Tarikh-Rashidi by Mirza Mubammad Haidau 1546-1547; Memoirs of Babur early 16th c.; Anthony Jankinson 1557-1560; Richard Steel & John Crowther 1615-1616; Journey of Benedict Goes early 17th c.; Adam Qlearius 1633-1639; Jean Chardin 1660s-1670s. At www.depts.washington.edu/uwch/silkroad/texts/texts.html
    • Chinese History(to Qing Dynasty): East Asian Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The site, formerly at www.usc.edu/ied/locations/ssh/eastasian/toqing.htm offers active links to various web sources relating to Chinese history prior to the Qing dynasty and organised by historical period. Site contents: Prehistory; Xia dynasty 21-16 Century BC, Shang dynasty 16-11 Centrury BC, Zhou dynasty 1111BC-140BC, Qin dynasty (255-) 221BC-207BC; Han dynasty 206BC-220, Three Kingdoms 220-280, Jin dynasty 265-420; Southern/ Northern dynasties 420-589; Sui dynasty 581-618; Tang dynasty 618-907; Five dynasties 907-979; Liao dynasty (907-)947-1125; Song dynasty 960-1279; Yuan dynasty 1279-1368; Ming Dynasty 1368-1644. At www.usc.edu/isd/archives/arc/libraries/eastasian/china/toqing.html
    • Song China: Guides to Resources. Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia,“An annotated guide to Song Dynasty related [bibliographic] resources both printed and on-line-hl. www.anu.edu.au/asianstudies/guide.html
    • Online Resources for Chinese Studies in Japan. UMass Amherst Digital Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA. Self-description: This guide, (established on 8 September 2002) is currently being compiled for UMass students in the Chinese Department who also need to find out about Japanese research on Chinese Studies.
    • Chinese Text initiative. Electronic Text Centre, University of Virgina, Charlottesville, VA, USA. Site contents: 300 Tang Poems, Gu Yao Yan (Traditional Chinese Ballads and Proverbs), Shi Jing (Book of Odes, Hong Lou Meng (The Dream of the Red Chamber), Yu Xuan Ji (The Clouds of Float North: The Complete Poems of Yu Xuan Ji), Lienu* zhuan (Traditions of Exemplary Women), Chinese Literature in Translation (The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry/ Burton Watson, Chu Ci/Qu Yuan and others, Fifty-five Tang Poems/Hugh M. Stimson, Mu Lan Poem/ Anonymous, Selected Stories of Lu Hsun/Lu Xun, Story of the Stone/ Cao Xueqin, Traditional Chinese Stories/Y. W. Ma and Joseph S. M. Lau, Flowers in the Mirror). www.etext.lib.virginia.edu/chinese/index.html


  3. The Asian Studies www Monitor: October 2002, Vol.9,No.19 (179). Claivs Sinica; Chinese reading and reference software. Clavis Sinica, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Supplied note:‘Clavis Sinica is a Chinese reading and reference tool designed for intermediate and advanced students of Chinese language and literature. The program combines a versatile Chinese text reader with a richly cross-referenced analytical dictionary designed to help students learn to recognise the connections among related words and characters.’Self-description:‘The Clavis Sinica software was developed by〔Associate Professor David Porter〕a faculty member at the University of Michigan as a supplementary learning tool for English-speaking students of the Chinese language. It is currently used in second-and third-year Chinese courses at the University of Michigan. Site contents: Product Information (Chinese Version, Introduction, Program features, Textbook Compatibilty, Systern Requiremetns), Ordering, Screen Views, About Clavis Sinica, Contact Us. www.clavisinica.com

  4. The Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946. Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA, USA. Self-description:‘The Harvard-Yenching Library holds some 5000 photographs and 10000 negatives taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908-1991) while resident in Beijing from 1933 to 1946.〔...They〕 document lifestyles, trades, handicrafts, landscapes, religious practices, and architectural structure that in many cases have changed or have been destroyed.’Site contents: introduction, VIA〔a union catalogue of visual resources at Harvard〕search strategies, Search VIA, Hedda Morrison Chronology, Publications about Hedda Morrison, Selected Bibliography of Hedda Morrison’s Published Photographs, Contents of the Albums. www.hcl.harvard.edu/harvard-yenching/morrison/

  5. China's Workers under Assault. The Exploitation of Labor in a Globalizing Economy. Armonk, NY, London; M.E. Sharpe 2001. 244pp+index, by Anita Chan.
    This book is organised into nine chapters and twenty-three annotated cases, describing the various kinds of labour rights violations suffered by workers, and is based on a careful selection of articles from the Chinese press, sandwiched between comments by the author based on her interviews and visits to work sites and labour organisations.
    The economic reforms have created a new type of factory worker. Unlike the employees of socialist days, who had lifetime employment provided through the work unit, the new type of workers is referred to as dagong, or‘migrant workers.’Chan reveals in shocking detail the abuses created by‘bureaucratic capitalism’—a system combining the visible hand of strict control and the invisible hand of market reform. Sometimes the stories remind us of those from the primary stage of capitalism described by Marx in the footnotes to Capital, or Charles Dickens’novels and stories from the Industrial Revolution.
    Some factories accommodate their workers under strict discipline in prison-like dormitories. Corporal punishments and physical assaults even torture and murder committed by factory security personnel are being documented by official Chinese sources. Official corruption and abuses of power are not uncommon. Profits often take precedence before people in the practice of neglecting every kind of workers’rights and safety procedures. One of such examples is the charred ruins of the horrible fire at Shenzhen’s Zhili Toy Factory that caused eighty-seven deaths and left many scarred with serious injuries. The workers had been locked up in the factory, in a trap from which escape was impossible. The workers toiled up to fifteen hours a day, six und even seven days a week. The violations of the right to work and to organise and the state exploitation of indentured labour abroad are evinced. In most of the cases the legal system is not capable of providing justice to the victims of abuse, but in some of the cases there are rays of hope that some parts of the legal system might have a positive influence. A more remarkable change described here involves the role of China's mass media. Some Chinese journalists, concealed as hired migrant workers, who get inside the sweatshops to describe the injustices experienced there.
    There are neglect, exploitation and inhumane systems of control, but there are also reactions against the attacks on the workers. Chan describes the official trade union’s ambivalent role and attitude, caught between the state, workers and management. Chan concludes her book with a discussion of the international human-rights agenda. The book presents significant documentation about what is going on in the shadows of the figures about Chinese economic growth, and in the daily life of millions of Chinese workers.

  6. A Classical Chtnese Reader, Web edition, by Donald B. Wagner, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    • The Han shu biography of Huo Guang, with notes and glosses for students. It includes the introduction advice to the student, background reading, Huo Guang and his time, dictionaries and reference works, the first page of the Chinese text, and the glosses and notes relating to the page.
    • The Shi ji biography of Li Guang with notes and glosses for students, plus a contribution on kanbun for students of Japanese by Milkkel Lotz Felter.
    • Chapter 1 of Mencius with notes and glosses for beginners together with Zhao Qi’s commentary, with notes and glosses for advanced students.





China Centre First Semester 2002
1. Modern Chinese 1: Dr. Jacka, Ms. Yan Yin Wang, Ms. Liling Huang
2. Modern Chinese 3: Dr. Xu Wei yuan, Ms. Yan Yin Wang
3. Modern Chinese 5: Dr. Xu Wei Yuan
4. Advanced Chinese 1: Readings in Modern Chinese Society & Law, Ms. Li Kaining


  1.  21 May 2002, Will the 'Real' Chinese Please Stand up: Environment, Economy & Regional Variations in Stature in China Since the Late 19th Century.

  2. 22 May 2002, Benjamin Penny, Masterly as Buddha, Masterly as Mao: Corporality and Iconography in Falungong.

  3. 30 April, The Aftermath of War: the Chinese-Japanese Orphans.

  4. 5 June 2002, Introduction to the Year in China.


  1. The Australian National University hosted the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzing Gyatso, at a unique forum on the human brain in May 2002. The Dalai Lama was one of six experts in science and philosophy to speak at the Mind and Science Forum at Llewellyn Hall. He has a lifelong interest in science and made a significant contribution to the discussions held at the forum. Professor Allan Snyder, Director of the ANU/University of Sydney's Centre of the Mind and winner of the 2001 Marconi Inter-national prize, was the keynote speaker. Dr. John Powers, from the Faculty of Asian Studies, organised the event and said it provided an opportunity for a genuine exchange of ideas and insights regarding cognition and the functioning of the human brain. Dr. Powers said Buddhists have trained in meditative techniques relating to non-conscious learning for nearly 1,400 years. "Reconciliation between Asian and Western approaches to the mind are now much more possible due to advances in technologies for studying mental activity in the brain. Scientists in the West are starting to realise that much of what we know is learned below the threshold of consciousness. Subliminal advertising regularly tries to take advantage of this fact." He said other panel members included Prof. Maxwell Bennett, professor and University Chair, University of Sydney and Recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Achievement Medallion from the Australian neuroscience Society; Prof. Paul Davies, Adjunct Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquaric University and Visiting Professor of Physics, Imperial college London; Prof. Frank Jackson, Institute for Advanced Studies, ANU and Prof. Jack Pettigrew, Director, Vision, Touch and Hearing Research Centre, University of Queansland. Forum sponsors were the National Institute for Bioscience, the National Institute for the Humanities, the National Institute for Asia and the Pacific, and the Centre for the Mind.

  2. The Asian Studies June 2002. Studying Chinese in Shenzhen, a China Shenzhen Youth College, China "New program offered by the Shenzhen youth College/Delter Business Institute, to learn Chinese in Shenzhen(China).


  1. "The New Perspective on the Tang," Princeton University, April 18-20, 2002. An international conference will be aimed to provide a forum for Tang Scholars from around the world to share the latest information on Tang studies as well as to re-examine and challenge some of the long-hled assumptions in light of new methodology and archaeological evidence.

  2. April 18, 2002, American student ambassador program in China and Taiwan. "An unique summer program for college and high school students in the United States to learn Chinese culture, history and language in the beautiful coastal of Qingdao, learn martial arts(kong-fu)in the legendary Shao-Lin Temple, and visit Formosa Taiwan. Students will be Ambassadors for their schools and introduce American education systems and share their experiences.

  3. 12 April-12 May 2002, Taiwan crafts Exhibition, CSA Gallary, National Institute of the Arts. The Canberra School of Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Taiwanese crafts, selected by the National Taiwan Craft Research Institute. The 2002 Taiwan Crafts Exhibition, on display until 12 May, brings together a diverse and exciting range of contemporary objects from Taiwan.


  1. China experience-China bibliography. Collections of Resources, Department of Psychology, University of Maine at Farmington, ME, USA, selected Topics about Buddhism in China, Chinese Calligraphy, The Cultural Revolution, Gangs, Triads, and Criminals, Women in Chinese History. The Qing Dynasty 1644-1911 AD.

  2. Claims of forced abortions and sterilisations in Tibet often made by critics of Chinese rules have not been substantiated in a report just published on population control in The Australian National University's China Journal.

  3. China studies at the ANU has received a significant boost with the appointment of two well-known academics in the Faculty of Asian Studies. Professor Kam Louie will take up the Chair of Chinese in the faculty, relinquishing his position as Director of the Asian Studies Centre in the University of Queensland. Dr. Louise Edwards, Head of the School of Arts and Sciences in the Australian Catholic University, Queensland, will also join the Faculty before the beginning of teaching next year. "The appointment of Professor Louie and Dr. Edwards is a major new development in Chinese studies for the Australian National University," Dean of Asian Studies, Professor Tony Milner, said. "We are delighted they will be joining us, and believe they will do much to enhance the ANU's reputation as an international leader in Chinese studies." Prof. Louie has written extensively on modern Chinese Literature and culture. His interests range across modern Chinese fiction, Confucianism and Chinese thought, Chinese langunge teaching, and the Chinese diaspora. Prof. Louie is currently completing a three-year rescarch project on Chinese culture in the mid-1980s, supported by a large ARC grant. He is well known in scholarly circles not only for his prolific writing, but also as editor of the Asian Studies Review, the journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australia(ASAA), and as a member of its council. In 2001 he was also on the Australia-China Council. Besides his scholarly work, Prof. Louie has strong links with the Australian Chinese community, and is involved with many community organisations. Dr. Edwards has also published widely on Chinese literature, society and gender constructions. She has won a series of ARC grants, and has just begun a major ARC Discovery project on gender, citizenship and polities in modern China. Dr. Edwards is Secretary of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, and has held many key posts in this professional organistation. She is editor of the Assiociation's Women in Asia series and is a councillor of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia. She pioneered the Honours program in Asian Studies at the Australian Catholic University, Queensland. The acting hed of the Faculty of Asian Studies' China and Korea Centre, Dr. Tamara Jacka, said that she was delighted Prof. Louie and Dr. Edwards had been appointed and was looking forward to working with her new colleagues to put together a range of new courses in Chinese language and area studies.


  1. Yangbanxi-Model Operas, Cartoon Win.com, Shanghai, China. Dcscription [by H. Lecher]: This site contains scanned comics versions(lianhuan hua) of some of the most important model operas(yangbanxi)of the Cultural Revolution. Initially there have been eight operas, but at the end of the Cultural Revolution their number had grown to 18. They are taken as paradigmatic for all there was of Cultural Revolution Culture. They are condemned as an aberration in terms of aesthetic and cultural development. However, the yangbanxi are everything else but the product of an iconoclastic, and xenophobic era as which the Cultural Revolution is so often described. Instead, they are manifestations of a hybrid taste which calls for the transformation of Chinese tradition according to foreign standards, a taste which for a century has led to the creation of Chinese culture with foreign imprint. Therefore, the model works, experiment of re-inventing a new-Chinese but revolutionsary-culture. Instead, the yangbanxi have their rightful place in a long series of attempted syntheses of foreign and Chinese heritage that continues to the present day.

  2. "Tibetan Review" is an editorially independent monthly publication of news and features on Tibet and the Tibetans. Besides regular survey of the current situation in Tibet based on reliable sources, the paper gives reports on activities all over the world. Each issue also contains articles of general interest and various aspects of Tibetan life and culture. Above all, Tibetan review seeks to provide a forum for direct and frank discussion of the question of Tibet and the various problems of the Tibetan people.〔The Asian Studies: June 2002, Vol.9, No.10(170)〕

  3. "The Overseas Chinese in Australasia: History, Settlement and Interactions: Proceedings from the Symposium held in Taipei, 6-7 January 2001", 153pp Monograph 3 November 2001, Chan, Henry, Ann Curthovs and Nora Chiang(eds.)(2001), publisher: Taiwan and Canberra Interdisciplinary Group for Australia Studies, National Taiwan University jointly with Centre for the Study of the Chinese Southern Diaspora, RSPAS ANU.

  4. "Shanghai in Images" puts forward a history of the great Chinese metropolis through photographs. The Asian Studies, June 2002.

  5. "Dao House... of discourses and dreams" is a compendium of online Daoist resources, with descriptions of quotations from hundreds of sites, organised into sections on: The Basics; Laozi, Zhuangzi; Metaphysics; Early History(the Philosophical Tradition); Later History(The Religious Tradition); Yijing; Fengshui; Practical Dao; Therapeutic Dao; Daoist Rites; Daoist Poetry; Daoist Literature. The Asian Studies, June 2002.



1 中文教育理事會在Homebush Boy's High, Sydney主辦全澳中文朗誦比賽:國語May 26,奧語May 19。
2 On 5-8 July, The Chinese Studies Association of Australia Conference(CSSA) will be held at University House, ANU. The CSSA is Australia's primary professional organisation for research and teaching on China.
3 As part of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia Conference in July, the Asia Pacific Cluster, the ANU Library and the National Library of Australia will present a joint exhibition of Chinese language material from their respective collection. The combined holdings of the two libraries will provide one of the world's richest research resources for East Asian studies. The exhibition will be held in the McDonald Room, Menzies Building, from 4 July-2 August.
1 East meets West in bird painting
Janet Twigg—Patterson
The Chinese brush technique and the Western painting techniques are married together resulting in a spontaneous innovative form of painting.
2 Beginners Mandarin
Shao-hua Que
Spoken Chinese suitable for travel in China. This course offers a practical opportunity to learn and practice spoken Chinese. Activities focus on people's basic needs for daily life in China.
1 The Bonesetter's Daughter, by Amy Tan. Flamingo. 308pp.
The Bonesetter's Daughter defines that there are four levels of ability in any form of beauty—painting, calligraphy, literature, music, dance, etc. The first is competence, the ability to consistently reproduce the same standard of beauty. The second level is magnificence, which goes beyond skill, in unique, simpler, multi-elemental. The third level is divine, beauty which would leave the observer speechless, the artist unable to exactly reproduce it. The fourth level occurs without motivation or desire or knowledge of what may result. It is pure and effortless. In the sense of the four levels, the Bonesetter's Daughter occasionally approaches magnificence, and floats along at competence level, charming, intriguing and lyrical.
2 Dragon Seed in the Antipodes. By Shen Yuanfang. Mel-bourne University Press.196pp.
Shen stresses that the Chinese community should not be seen as homogeneous but as richly diverse as the various forces that have landed the people here. There must be beliefs and values that are common to the Chinese, “perseverance, endurance, hard work, for the elderly and filial piety,” they might band together for particular causes, but their backgrounds, and therefore their culture, have many facets. 
Particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, people were to a great extent still strung together by place of origin. People from different districts or language groups formed different organizations. Many Australian Chinese did not feel they were Chinese like they were supposed to be. Sometimes their expectations of what exactly it meant to be Chinese were imposed by others. The traditions and culture brought by early Chinese have been moulded by their experience here. Furthermore, China itself has changed dramatically in the past 150 years, its culture marked not only by political upheaval but also through the encroachment of Western high and popular culture. Recent migrants bring a culture substantially different from those of the 1960s, let alone those of the 19th century. Added to the mix, Chinese people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and South-East Asia who have come to Australia have brought their own variations of their culture. 
3 Shanghai Baby, by Zhou Weihui. Published by Robinson, 279pp.
Shanghai Baby, is a self-proclaimed, semi-autobio-graphical novel. Its author is a controversial Shanghai-based woman writer. The text explores female experience—especially sexual experience—in a global perspective. The book was banned by the mainland authorities in the summer of 2000, when the official Chinese propaganda machine denounced it as “vampish” pornography and vilified its author as “a decadent and debauched exhi-bitionist, a slave to foreign culture, and outlandish creature of the night, a writer of bad-taste trash.”
1 Buddhists' oral teachings change sacred doctrines.
Tibetan Buddhists' oral teaching tradition has resulted in different interpretations of sacred religious doctrines, an ANU researcher has found.
Dr. John Powers from CASH said he compared the oral commentaries of several lamas(Tibetan religious teachers) on a fundamental Buddhist text and found significant differences in individual interpretations.“This goes against the wisdom within the system that the oral philosophical tradition is doctrinally monolithic, and that each lama teaches that to their student without any significant modification,” he said. 
Dr. Powers said the tradition was an evolving system that allowed individuals to learn the basic philosophical framework and then build upon it.“There is a dynamic relationship between texts and oral instructions. Lamas develop their own comment styles and emphases, and out of these new lineages often develop.
2 Conferring of degrees
ANU's autumn conferring of degrees ceremony included the first graduation of an international degree established by the National Graduate School of Management(NGSM). Nearly 80 Chinese executives graduated from a Master of International Management that was taught in Beijing in Mandarin. NGSM staff were given full control over the course's content and academic quality and the participants travelled from China for the graduation.
The NGSM began teaching the post graduate “mini-MBA”in China under a unique deal with telecom-munications giant Ericsson (China) in 1998. A year later the program was extended to allow participants to undertake the Master of International Management(MIM).“The course is a real success story for the NGSM, particularly in the face of tough competition inside China,” MGSM Executive Director Professor Mark Dodgson said.“The linkages created through this course with high-level executives in Ericsson and their clients will have a lasting and positive effect for Australia and the ANU,” Professor Dodgson said.
3 Dr. Igor de Rachewiltz, a Visiting Fellow in the Division of Pacific and Asian History in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, received a doctorate in Asian Languages and Civilizations honoris causa from the Arts Faculty of Rome University on 7 May. Dr. De Rachewiltz was honoured for his “outstanding contribution to Sino-Mongolian studies.”The last person to receive such a degree from the University was the eminent Belgin Buddhologist E. Lamotte, 30 years ago.



1.The ANUs“Lost in the White wash”colloquium was Convenedat Old Canberra House on 1 December by ANU postdoctoral fellows Penny Edwards and Shen Yuan-Fang. White wash gathered some 60 artists, anthropologists, historians, diplomats,and curators to explore a complex but neglected facet of Australian history and culture : Aboriginal-Chinese encounters. Matilda House, Chair of the Ngunnawal Land Council, stressed the historic and widespread incidence of Aboriginal-Chinese intermarriage in Ngunnawal country and beyond .Keynote poet Jennifer Martiniello evoked that contact history in a shimmering portrait of her Chinese grandfather, Ned Chong. ANU historian Gordon Briscoe stressed the role of railway labour in the cross-fertilisation of material cultureand ideas between Indigenous Australians and Asian immigrants. The life-story and world-view of Northern Territory play wright and artist Gary Lee talked a captive audience through several generations of his Larrakia, Philippino, Japanese and Chinese ancestry, Gary demonstrated how Asian heritage has been proudly handed down through generations, and sits comfortably with his strong sense of Aboriginal identity.

2. ANU conference on China and the WTO .In March, Mike Moore, Director General of the World Trade Organization, told participants at an ANU conference on China and the WTO that Chinas accesstion to the organization was inevitable .Professor John Jackson from Georgetown University LawCenter, said in his keynote address that China would not be apassive WTO member but would have an influence on the evolution of WTO rules .World Bank economist, Will Martin, presented some encouraging forecasts of the benefits of WTO membership to the Chinese economy including significantly, increases in the wage rates of unskilled labour


1.Modern Chinese 1Dr. Jacka (Lecturer), Ms. Yan Yan Wang(Tutor), Mr.James Greenbaum(Tutor)2.Modern Chinese 3Ms. Tiejun Yang(Lecturer), Dr. Xu Wei Yuan(Tutor)3.Modern Chinese 5Ms. Tiejun Yang4. Advanced Modern Chinese 1Dr. Xu wei Yuan5.Classical Chinese 1Dr. Colin Jeffcott6.Readings in Modern Chinese Society & LawMs. Yang7.Spoken Chinese 1(Mandarin)Shaohua Que8.Spoken Chinese 2(Mandarin)Shaohua Que


1. Becoming Madame Mao. By Anchee Min. Allen & Unwin.336 pp .Min,s Becoming Madame Mao is not strictly a novel as there is too much actual history, and factual detail in it. It is not strictly a non-fiction work either, as there is too much imagination. Min says she has based her account to Mada me Mao on documentary evidence and has viewed Mao and Madame Mao as a couple.

2. The Bonesetters Daughter. By Amy Tan, Flamingo.Tans lastest novel was in response to her mother being diagnosed with Alzheimers.

3. Japan and China-Rivalry or Cooperation in East Asia. By Peter D rysdale and Dong Dong Zhang(eds), Asia PacificPress, 2000, 176 pp + index This book on China-Japan relations provides the reader with the context to understand why Japan and China are importantfor each other and why they dislike and distrust each other. A lot of expertise on the Sino-Japanese relationship has been brought together to produce a useful reference work that successfully cathces most of the nuances in one of the most important strategic and economic relationships in the world.


1. Dr. Benjamin Penny, “The Past, Present and Future of Falungong”, April 11, 2001.2. Dr. Xiaolu Wang,“Urbanization: A New Engine for China Economics Growth”, December 5, 2000.3. Dr. Benjamin Penny, “2000 Law and the Humanities : Lawin Chinese Culture”, December 8,9,10,2000.