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 organisaitons.


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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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Wenqin!

   The Year of the Rooster will kick off with a colourful splash of Chinese culture. More than 20 young performers from the renowned Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe will showcase an ancient civilisation with a modern twist in a spectacular collage of dance, music and martial arts. 

The Troupe has performed at the UN Headquarters in the US, the 2016 G20 meeting in China and throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. 

Wenqin will perform at the Australia China Business Council gala dinner at Crown Ballroom on 16th February – one of the biggest events on the Sino-WA social calendar.  Public performances will follow in Mandurah and Bunbury with the final opportunity to experience Wenqin at Penrhos College’s state of the art Rixon Theatre on Monday 20th February. 

While in Perth, the troupe will also work with more than 1200 students from 12 schools in a series of workshops designed to give WA students a chance to watch part of a performance and then talk to the performers about their craft.  Interpreters will help to explain the stories, music, instruments and costumes used. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province. This very special tour is proudly supported by the State Government and the Confucius Institute at UWA.   

Saturday 18th February 2017, 7pm

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

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Tickets:  http://www.manpac.com.au/show/2017-chinese-new-year-show/

Sunday 19th Feb 2017, 3pm

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Tickets: http://www.bunburyentertainment.com/view/show-coming-soon/show-wenqin-art-troupe

Monday 20th February, 7pm

Penrhos College Rixon Theatre, South Perth

Tickets:  http://www.penrhos.wa.edu.au/community/book-tickets.html (Ticket sales commence last week in January)

For more about the expanded 2017 program for Chinese New Year in Perth please visit:  http://www.cny.wa.gov.au/index.cmf

Summer Holiday Chinese Cultural Awareness Class for Kids 暑假少儿语言文化兴趣班

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 kite making, mask painting, singing and dancing, Kung Fu, Chinese painting and so on, 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, 16-20 Jan 2017

Venue: Maple 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/OFGZ      Only 20 places offered per session.

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

Schedule:  kids-cultural-awareness-class-jan-2017

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Photos of previous holiday classes for kids:

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Video Competition: Chinese Culture in Australia “中国文化在澳洲” 视频制作比赛征稿

Schools from across Western Australia are invited to enter the Confucius Institute’s Video Competition.  Cash prizes from $800 to $200 are on offer! 

The aim is to give students a creative opportunity to demonstrate their Chinese language skills and appreciation of Chinese culture.  Schools can submit 2-3 minute video works reflecting the theme Chinese Culture in Australia. 视频主题:中国文化在澳洲 

Entries close on 12 December 2016 with winners announced early in the new school year.  Please see the information attached for everything you need to know to enter!

Here is more information: http://www.confuciusinstitute.uwa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CI-Video-Competition-2016.pdf

China in Conversation: One Belt, One Road and Australia“一带一路”与澳大利亚

The Confucius Institute and UWA Business School presented a China in Conversation  on  “One Belt, One Road and Australia” on 25 November 2016 at University Club.

This China in Conversation was presented as a keynote event of the Australia-China Transcultural Studies Symposium, 24-25 November 2016,  at The University of Western Australia.

SPEAKERS:

 Professor Ross Garnaut

Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne
(since 2008), Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
and of Renmin University, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences,
Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and Distinguished
Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.of the University of Melbourne.

 Professor Sun Youzhong

Vice President of Beijing Foreign Studies University, President of the Chinese Association for Australian Studies, the China Association for Intercultural Communication and the Chinese Association for Global Journalism and Communication, and Director of the China-Australia Centre for Transcultural Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University.   of Beijing Foreign Studies University explored the influential Chinese strategic development policy, “One Belt, One Road”, and the implications for Australia.

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Welcome to I-Ching Culture Day 欢迎参加中澳易经文化节

Chung Wah Association and Confucius Institute invite you to attend the lecture given by I-Ching master Zeng Yuqi on 10 and 13 November at UWA Claremont Campus.

中华会馆与西澳大学邀请您11月10日和13日(下午5:30-8:30)到西澳大学Claremont校区的Kurrajong报告厅参加孔子学院中澳易经文化节,听易经大师曾玉琪的讲座。中文讲授配有英文PPT。(点击广告查看详情)

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CI Day Celebration Successful 孔子学院日圆满成功

9月16日,风和日丽,西澳大学克莱蒙校区的草坪回荡着优美的中国传统乐曲,西澳孔子学院的教师和志愿者一早就来把七座白色帐篷装饰了大红灯笼、中国结和书画展品,18面印有艳丽京剧脸谱的五彩刀旗迎风飘扬,与西澳大学孔子学院的新版展牌交相辉映。这些布置和装饰为西澳大学孔子学院今年举办的“孔子学院日”营造了喜气洋溢的氛围。

上午10.00,参加“孔子学院日”活动的300多名中小学生、20几位中华会馆长者服务中心的长者、以及16名北京外国语大学的学生陆续来到活动场地,跟着孔子学院教师和志愿者舞起了太极拳。10:30,孔子学院宋宪琳院长宣布“孔子学院日”开幕,然后西澳大学校长Paul Johnson、中国驻珀斯孙安林副总领事、中国驻澳使馆徐孝公参的秘书马林兰先生先后为“孔子学院日”致开幕辞。Johnson校长为大洋洲第一家孔子学院及其在增进西澳与中国交流中所发挥的“纽带”作用感到骄傲,同时他也勉励中小学生们以前任总理陆克文、西澳大学诺贝尔奖得主巴里马歇尔教授为榜样,为自己的未来发展和澳中交流努力学好中文。孙安林副总领事从中秋节谈起,介绍了学习中文对于了解中国和中国文化的重要意义,同样希望青少年们努力学习中文和多多了解中国文化。马林兰秘书代表徐孝公参祝贺西澳孔子学院在推动中文教学和促进文化了解方面取得的显著成就,也祝贺西澳中小学生在学习中文方面所取得的骄人成绩,重申了使馆教育处对孔子学院这方面工作的不懈支持。出席开幕式的还有西澳大学人文学院院长Krishna Sen教授、中华会馆会长丁少平先生、以及Oberthur小学、Mount Lawley 中学等几所中小学的校长等。

开幕式之后,北京外国语大学的学生表演了中国歌曲和音乐,中小学生们一边吃水果一遍欣赏表演。从11:20开始,学生们分成18个组,轮流参加学中国画、体验书法、剪纸、玩中国游戏、用筷子夹糖果、涂画个性化脸谱和风筝、竞猜有关孔子和中秋节的知识、学练武术和中国民间舞蹈、看中国动画片、品尝月饼等丰富多彩的活动。

今年的“孔子学院日”文化活动主要面向中小学生,同时孔子学院特意邀请了中华会馆社区和长者服务中心的20名长者,他们很开心地与这些孙辈的学生们一起欣赏节目和玩游戏。孔子学院也积极参与社区的慈善活动,上个月孔院的员工参加了“从城市到海滩”的公益长跑,在孔子学院日,宋宪琳院长代表孔院向“中华会馆社区与长者服务中心”捐赠了善款。

前一天晚上,为庆祝中秋节,孔子学院在西澳大学Octagon剧场举办了一场中秋晚会,由北京外国语大学的学生、珀斯当地的中小学生以及孔子学院的教师一起为到场的三百多名观众表演了中国歌舞和音乐节目。目前,西澳大学孔子学院的二十几名教师和志愿者支持西澳州三十所中小学的中文教学,学生们除了学中文,也学唱中文歌、跳中国舞蹈,增进了他们对中文学习的兴趣和对中国以及中国文化的了解。

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Dr Song launches the CI Day                                    UWA Vice- Chancellor speaks at the event

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Deputy Consul- General, Ms Sun Anlin             Mr Ma representing Minister-Counsellor

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Students learning Kung Fu

 

 

Join the CI’s City-to-Surf for Chung Wah Community and Aged Care 欢迎参加孔子学院“中华慈善行”健身跑

The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia invites you to walk or run alongside us in the Perth 2016 City to Surf on 28 August 2016. This will be a great opportunity to get involved in the Confucius Institute community.  We will have teams in the 4km and 12km options for both walking and running, so you can choose something that suits your  level of  fitness. All registration fees for the City to Surf go to the event owner:  Activ Foundation.  Activ enables people living with a disability to pursue a better life.  You can find information about their good work here:  www.activ.asn.au/about-activ . The Confucius Institute is also raising funds for Chung Wah Association Community and Aged Care http://www.chungwahcac.org.au/ via our participation in this event.  We ask for a minimum donation of $10 from all participants that register under our team.  In exchange you will receive a Confucius Institute T Shirt and much appreciation from ourselves and Chung Wah Aged Care! You will need to register for our team by Friday 26 August:

  • Go to http://perthcitytosurf.com/
  • Select ‘Perth 28 August 2016’
  • Choose your distance
  • Click ‘join a team’
  • Search for ‘The Confucius Institute’
  • Join our team!
  • Continue through the registration process

You can make your donation to Chung Wah Aged Care and pick up your shirt at our office at the UWA Claremont Campus (where there is easy parking) or we can organise this 30 minutes prior to the race at the race start location. Closer to the event, we will send more information about where and when we will meet on the day and provide an online option for making your donation.

City to Surf 2016 for media