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CHINA IN CONVERSATION. ‘Confucianism: Values and Democracy’ A China in Conversation Event

Illustration: Manny Francisco, ‘Can Confucianism save the world?’ The Strait Times

6pm Thursday 19 October 2017,
The University Club of WA

Chinese political leaders and intellectuals continue to struggle with how ‘Chinese values’ fit with ‘universal values’ and by extension, global institutions. Is there a single global modernity that perhaps China can shape? Or are there multiple modernities and multiple, perhaps competitive, values that political systems aspire to?

In the past, debates have focused on the question of whether Confucianism is in conflict or compatible with democracy. However, these debates are increasingly becoming more complex in response to new political and social forces and new questions concerning the relationship between democracy and Confucianism.

Join in the conversation and see how Confucianism and democracy are shaping our understanding of China today.

REGISTER HERE

SPEAKERS:

 何包钢  Baogang He is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia.

Professor He graduated with a PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, and has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratisation and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China. His co-authored paper on authoritarian deliberation is now in the top 1% of the most cited articles in the Social Science Citation Index.

His publications are found in top journals including the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Political Theory, and Perspectives on Politics. In addition, he has published 3 books, 15 book chapters and 63 journal papers in Chinese. Professor He has also held several honorary appointments and research fellowships at renowned universities including Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Columbia University, Leiden and Sussex University.

 

梅约翰  John Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University and President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Professor Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history, he has a particular interest in Confucian thought throughout Chinese history and, in more recent years, in the influence of Buddhist thought on pre-modern and modern Confucian philosophy.

Educated in Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan, he has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Makeham is a recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize and the Special Book Award of China, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Emeritus Professor at ANU.

 

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with the UWA Law School.

Entry is free, but RSVP is essential for catering purposes.

Event to commence at 6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm.
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

Language and Culture Courses for Intake 3 2017 语言文化课程

About the Confucius Institute 
The Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia is a non-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening educational ties between China and Australia, supporting Chinese language education and increasing mutual understanding between both nations.

In 2005, we became the first Confucius Institute to be established in Australia. We now form part of a worldwide network of 500 sister institutes across 138 nations.

Chinese Language Courses

From our beginners to advanced courses or our private tutoring, you will surely find a course and level best suited to your needs. Taught by professional native Chinese teachers, all courses are quality assured to enable you to achieve your objectives effectively. The Chinese language courses are in 21 levels, Level 1 (beginners) to Level 21 (advanced) and there are 2 literacy courses focused on reading and writing.

In addition to the regular courses, Confucius Institute also offers one-on-one customized tuition, 5-session courses for Basic Chinese for Tourists, and Preparatory Courses for Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK) on demand.

Intake 3 Courses starts 24 July. Registration – OPEN NOW

To book: https://www.trybooking.com/OPZA

Chinese language courses

We aim to help students at all levels reach their Chinese language goals. Beginner courses start with basic spoken phrases for daily communication, while intermediate and advanced courses cover listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our students are all ages – from those in their late teens to those in their late seventies.

When
Intake 3 classes commence Monday 24th July 2017 and run for nine weeks.
Morning classes 10:00am – 12:00pm
Evening classes 6:30pm –  8:30pm

Monday – Levels 3, 7,11, 15, 19
Tuesday – Levels 4, 8, 12, 16, 20
Wednesday – Level 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21
Thursday – Level 2, 6, 10, 14, 18

Level 1 Literacy Class – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Level 2 Literacy Class – Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Minimum enrolment numbers are required to run the class. Full refund will be made if class cannot run due to enrolment numbers.

Timetable 2017 Language Programme 

Levels
Our class levels range from Level 1 to level 21, for a free placement test over the phone please contact us via email confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au or phone (08) 6488 6888.

Where
All classes are held at the Confucius Institute.

Teachers
Our teachers are native Chinese speakers and highly trained professionals.

Textbooks
All textbooks and learning resources are included in first enrolment payment.

Chinese Bridge 2017 Winners!

After a hotly contested competition witnessed by Mr Xu Xiao, the Minister-Counselor of Chinese Embassy, Ms Sun Anlin, Chinese Deputy Consul-General in Perth and Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UWA, we are pleased to announce the results for the 2017 Chinese Bridge competition:

Overall
First: Kylee Kotula from Methodist Ladies’ College, WA
Second: Sophie Szabo from Pedare Christian College, SA
Third: Caitlin Wilson from St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, WA

Chinese General Knowledge Category
First: Kylee Kotula from Methodist Ladies’ College, WA
Second: Caitlin Wilson from St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, WA
Third: Callum Hogden from Canberra Grammar School, ACT

Public Speech Category
First: Willam McClay from Darwin High School, NT
Second: Sophie Szabo from Pedare Christian College, SA
Third: Amber Roshkov from Pedare Christian College, SA

Chinese Cultural Performance Category
First: Sophie Szabo from Pedare Christian College, SA
Second: Kylee Kotula from Methodist Ladies’ College, WA
Third: William McClay from Darwin High School , NT

We are delighted that Kylee Kotula, from Methodist Ladies’ College has won first place.  She will travel to China on behalf of Australia to participate in the tenth annual global Chinese Language Bridge Competition (Hanyu Qiao).

Chinese Bridge Language Competition – 2017 Regional Final

Years of Mandarin language study will soon be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to China for the talented winner of this year’s regional Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) language competition.

Four young Perth linguists who achieved top scores in the WA final on May 20th are now preparing to take on contestants from Canberra, Darwin and Adelaide for a chance to represent Australia in the global championships being held in China this October.

The Australian Regional Final will be held on June 15th and 16th at the Confucius Institute with senior representatives of the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Consulate General in Perth attending.

The competition aims to help young Australians become a cultural bridge between Australia and China. It is the largest international Chinese language contest in the world and is open to students aged 15 years and over who do not speak Chinese as a first language.

The WA finals winner, Kylee Kotula, 15, of Methodist Ladies’ College, has spent almost half her life studying Chinese. She impressed judges not only with her command of Mandarin, but also with her musical prowess playing the guzheng, an ancient stringed instrument also known as the Chinese zither.

Another three contestants also made it through to the regional final: Ben Butler, 15, of Guildford Grammar School; Caitlin Wilson, 16, of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls; and Sophie Taylor, 15, of Mercedes College.

Kylee Kotula, 15, of Methodist Ladies’ College, playing the Chinese zither

CHINA IN CONVERSATION: Rebalancing and Sustaining China’s Economic Growth

Photo Credit: National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performing “Cirque Peking”

6pm Wednesday 12 July 2017
The University Club of WA

China has enjoyed almost four decades of high economic growth. This growth has slowed in recent years due to rising domestic wages, a rapidly ageing population and falling demand for exports.

Further growth will rely on economic restructuring and deepening reforms. This China in Conversation brings two prominent economists together to discuss China’s economic
growth from an Australian and Chinese perspective.

Join in the conversation and learn how China can overcome the obstacles and sustain economic growth, while considering the implications for the Australia-China economic
relationship.

REGISTER HERE.

SPEAKERS:

姚洋
Professor Yang Yao is Dean at the National School of Development
and the Director of the China Center for Economic Research at
Peking University.

Professor Yao’s research interests include economic transition and development in China. He has published more than a hundred research papers in international and domestic journals as
well as several books on institutional economics and economic development in China. He is a prolific writer for magazines and newspapers, including the Financial Times and the Project Syndicate. He is a member of the China Finance 40 Forum.

Professor Yao was awarded the 2008 and 2014 Sun Yefang Prize in Economics Science, the
2008 and 2010 Pu Shan Award in International Economics and the 2008 Zhang Peigang Award in Development Economics. He was named the Best Teacher by the Peking University Student Union in 2006. Professor Yao has a BS in geography and MS in economics both from Peking University. He received his PhD in development economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

詹姆斯·劳伦斯
Professor James Laurenceson is Deputy Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of
Technology Sydney. Professor Laurenceson has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland (Australia), Shandong University (China) and
Shimonoseki City University (Japan). He was President of the Chinese Economics Society of Australia from 2012 2014.

His academic research has been published in leading scholarly journals including the China Economic Review and the China Economic Journal.  Professor Laurenceson provides regular commentary on contemporary developments in China’s economy and the Australia-China economic relationship. His opinion pieces have appeared in Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, South
China Morning Post, amongst many others.

This China in Conversation public event is proudly presented
by the Confucius Institute in partnership with the UWA Business School,
as part of The 29th Chinese Economics Society of Australia (CESA) Annual Conference.

Perth primary school teaches in Chinese

Congratulations to Oberthur Primary School on the success of its Chinese Language Immersion Program, which was featured on Channel 7’s Today Tonight on 9th May 2017.  https://thewest.com.au/news/education/perth-primary-school-teaches-in-chinese-bc5427009712001

The Confucius Institute is proud to support Oberthur through providing a volunteer to assist with teaching Chinese.  Oberthur’s students are making wonderful progress, in fact three students from one family recently took first prize in the Primary School category of the Confucius Institute’s Short Film Competition.  The Bullard children wrote, acted and filmed an excellent piece about using Chinese to get your non-Chinese speaking parents to give you permission for ice-cream! 

Easter Holidays Chinese Cultural Activities for Kids

Interesting, creative and educational activities for primary school kids during the school holidays!

During the upcoming school break, Confucius Institute at UWA runs a 5-morning Chinese language and culture awareness class which engages kids in learning some basic Chinese language and knowledge about Chinese culture, as well as doing fun activities of Lantern making, Kung Fu, Chinese painting and Dumpling making, all of which are appealing to both boys and girls aged 6 -12. Accomplishing various fun cultural activities, each child will take home some stylish pieces of art to be proud of.

This holiday class is ideal for developing kids’ awareness of Chinese language and culture, communication skills in Chinese and hand-eye coordination, visual perception skills and concentration.

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Monday – Friday, 10-14 July 2017

Venue: Sugargum Room, UWA Claremont Campus (50 Goldsworthy Road, Claremont)

Teachers: Confucius Institute staff, with teaching expertise, artistic skills, and Working With Children certificate

Cost: $20 per session (all hands-on activities materials, bottle water and morning-tea snack included).

Book online: https://www.trybooking.com/PLWJ     Only 20 places offered per session.

Contact: 6488 6888, or email to confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au

Schedule: Easter Holiday Kid’s Activities

CHINA IN CONVERSATION. Chinese Literature and World Literature: Views from the South

Detail from illustration from 1886 edition of Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, Pu Songling (1640-1715)

Thursday 6 April 2017 at 6pm
The University Club of WA Auditorium

World literature was long defined in the English speaking world as an established canon of European masterpieces, but an emerging global perspective has challenged this European focus. Now it is better understood as literature that has travelled, and been translated, from its original source.

This China in Conversation teases out from an Australian and Chinese perspective the issues surrounding interpreting and reading world literature: from the classics of Chinese literature to J.M.Coetzee’s works that travel from South Africa to Australia and translate to Chinese readers; from the controversial novels of author Yu Hua to Nobel Prize recipient Mo Yan.

Join in the conversation and discuss what is lost and gained in globalised literature.

Professor Wang Jinghui is the Deputy Director of Australian Studies Centre, Professor of Comparative Literature and World Literature, Head of the Discipline of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University. She specializes in Australian Studies, Intercultural Communication and World Literature. Her book publications include Foreigner Forever: On J.M. Coetzee (Peking University Press, 2010) and a dozen other books on English Language learning and academic writing. She is also a translator of several books on cultural studies and Chinese arts, such as J.M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing (2017), John Docker’s Postmodernism and Popular Culture (2010), J M Coetzee’s Foe (2008), Agatha Christie’s Lord Edgeware Dies (1997), and The Art of Chinese Couplets (in English)(2016).


Professor Nicholas Jose is Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide. He is an Australian author best-known for his fiction and cultural essays. His seven novels and three collections of short stories include Bapo, Paper Nautilus, The Red Thread and Original Face. His acclaimed memoir Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola appeared in 2002. He was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature
(2009) and has written widely on contemporary Australian and Asian art and literature. Jose was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, 2009-10, and is an adjunct professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He was Chair of Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide from 2005-2008.

Presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with the Westerly Centre
and The Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia.


Top: Professors Wang and Jose in conversation with an audience member.
Centre:  Professor Wang, Professor Jose and Chair, Professor Philip Mead from the Westerly Centre.
Bottom: Chinese Literature and World Literature: Views from the South at UWA Club, 6 April 2017.

Trump Shock and the Indo-Pacific: Implications for our Region

 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Trump Shock and the Indo-Pacific: Implications for our Region
Thursday 23 February 2017, 5.00pm-6.00pm 

A stimulating and entertaining discussion around the historical influence of the USA in the Indo-Pacific region over the last six decades, allies and burden sharing, Australia’s diplomatic role between China and the USA and the economic independence from Trump isolationist economising – and more, can be heard here.

Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia, the Perth USASIA Centre and the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University  invite you to join an expert panel to discuss:

  • How will the Indo-Pacific region’s economic and security architecture adjust, particularly after U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
  • What will U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific look like under the Trump Administration?
  • How will Chinese and other policymakers likely respond to the Trump agenda on trade, alliances and regional diplomacy


Dr Jeffrey Wilson
Dr Wilson is a Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University. He is an international political economist who specialises in economic regionalism in the Indo-Pacific. He has consulted for government and business on regional trade issues and is a frequent television and print commentator on Australia’s place in the Asian region.


Professor Baogang He
Professor He is an Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University in Victoria. Professor He has forged an international reputation for his depth of knowledge on China’s political and economic structures and China’s Asian relationships. He is a former fellow of many regional universities and has advised government and international organisations.


Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor Jayasuriya is a Professor of Politics and Internatonal Studies and a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University in Perth. He has long held teaching and research appointments in Australian and international universities, focusing primarily on changing dynamics in Asian civil society, Indo-Pacific governance and regional political and economic leadership.

 

Date: Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Venue: The University Club of WA Auditorium,
Hackett Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley

 

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