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21st Century China

Views from Australia

Editor(s): Mary Farquhar
Contributors: Jonathon Unga, Sarah Biddulph, David S G Goodwin, Kylie Kwong, Claire M. Roberts, Michael Dutton, Xu Yi-Chong,

Book Description

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd famously said that China issues are part of 21st century Australia’s ‘very life-blood’. This brings short-term challenges to the Australia-China relationship, from Chinese investments in our resources to visits to Australia by expatriate regional political and religious leaders, labelled ‘splittists’ or ‘terrorists’ by the Chinese government. Our long-term relationship includes robust scholarship on China as an emerging superpower. In this book, leading Australian academics comment on the arts, law, politics and society in China today. The book opens with Geremie Barmé’s essay on re-orienting Beijing city for the Olympics and closes with restaurateur Kylie Kwong’s reminiscences—and recipes—from a Chinese childhood in Sydney’s suburbs. Readers will disover a rich engagement with China in the twelve chapters of this volume, ranging from Confucianism to ‘green’ Australian-Chinese cuisine.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1259-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1259-5
Date of Publication: 01/09/2009
Pages / Size: 265 / A5
Price: £39.99


Mary Farquhar is Professor of Asian Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She was the founding director of the Australia-wide China Law Network and a former President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia. As President, she convened the biennial Chinese Studies Association of Australia conference in 2007, which celebrated Australians' China scholarship and is the basis for this volume. Her publications include the international award-winning book, Children's Literature in China: From Lu Xun to Mao Zedong (1999). Her recent work on Chinese cinema includes a book (with Chris Berry), China Onscreen: Cinema and Nation (2006); a co-edited special issue of Journal of Chinese Cinemas (2:2, 2008); and an edited book on Chinese film stars (with Yingjin Zhang) (London: Routledge, in press).