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).