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CHINA IN CONVERSATION. Financial Crisis and Rural Reforms in China: Implications for Australia

Hani rice terraces of Yuanyang, Yunnan, China  Photo: JohnPhotoSiam

6pm Thursday 10 August 2017
The University Club of WA

Reforms in land ownership and the opening up to international markets have contributed to China’s successful recovery from the financial crises experienced over the last decades.
Of significance is the shift in China’s policy towards agricultural production. With only 14% of land arable and pollution and water shortages reducing agricultural land by 2%, rural Chinese people, society and agriculture have undergone economic, production and social changes to develop a more robust economy.

Join in the conversation and see how these reforms led to economic growth and how this might affect Australia’s economy and approach to agriculture in a climate of environmental and economic change.



Professor Tiejun Wen
Executive Dean, Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability, Renmin University of China and Executive Dean of Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, and Executive Dean of The Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University.

Professor Wen is leading China’s grassroots efforts to revive rural communities and economies. He is a renowned expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies, macro-economic of south-south cooperatives, and long-term inclusive growth. He has undertaken research for the Chinese Central Government since the 1980s, and also for the World Bank, United Nations and the European Union. He is on the State Consultant Committee of Environment Protection, Policy Consultant Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, and others. He is also Independent Non Executive Director of the Agricultural Bank of China. Professor Wen has received numerous honors and awards, including the State Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1998, China Central TV Annual Award to Top 10 Economic Talents in 2003, Beijing Municipal Government Award of Outstanding Study Outcome in both 2010 and 2012; the Ministry of Education awarded him for Outstanding Contribution of Social Science Studies in 2015.

Professor Kadambot Siddique
Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. Professor Siddique has 30 years’ experience in agricultural research, teaching and management in both Australia and overseas.

Professor Siddique has an international reputation in agricultural science especially in the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters, is on the Editorial Board of international scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australian Agricultural Institute and Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Siddique was the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is the recipient of national and international awards including: Urrbrae Memorial Award, Member of the Order of Australia, 2014 Western Australian Year of the Award (Professions Category) and the Dunhunag Award by China’s Gansu Provincial Government.

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

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.

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:

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



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.

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.

Entry is free but bookings are essential for catering purposes.


Event to commence at 6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm.
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
Entrance #2, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

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.

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:     Only 20 places offered per session.

Contact: 6488 6888, or email to

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.

CI on UWA Open Day 2015 孔子学院参加西澳大学开放日

UWA’s annual Open Day was successfully held on 9th Aug, it provides a good opportunity for the public, especially high school students, to learn about UWA. The delicately decorated booths of faculties and schools well presented the various disciplines in UWA and attracted large amount of people to experience colourful activities.

As a window of Chinese culture, the Confucius Institute’s booth was crowded with people. They not only inquired about the courses of Chinese language and Chinese culture lessons, HSK(Chinese Proficiency Tests) and China Study Tour, but also joined in paper-cutting, Chinese calligraphy and chopsticks games. People queued to get one calligraphy of their Chinese names and auspicious Chinese characters.   At noon, Zhao Hanzhi and Li Hua, two martial art volunteer teachers of Confucius Institute, performed Chinese Kung Fu for the audience on the nearby Riley oval, and also taught a basic Taichi lesson to the audience. At 14:15, CI teacher Qiu Limeng  presented an experiencing Chinese class to those who are interested in the language.

This year, the CI booth was mainly hosted by Chinese volunteer teachers from different universities in China: Liu Yue, Shen Bing, Shi Wei, Geng Shuting, Wu Jiayi, and Zhou Chao. They were in two shifts at the booth. After their duty, they happily experienced the various activities during the UWA Open Day learning,recreating and making friends.






CI stand 1