Past Events

Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear a conversation between two former Australian Ambassadors to China who can offer insightful views on Australia’s relationship with China, past, present and future.
Geoff Book Launch web
In this conversation, the Melbourne-based artist Zhou Xiaoping will share his extraordinary experiences in his artistic journey from China to Arnhem Land - a journey of sheer courage, resilience and determination.
Zhou Xiaoping web
This is a period of great transition, some rapid, as the Japanese Empire is destroyed and China establishes a new government, and some slow, as Australia gradually, almost agonizingly, sheds its White Australia policy. Changes in class, gender, language, and identity take place as the White Australia policy survivors are joined by a new generation of Australian born Chinese and of Chinese people from outside China.
Michael lecture 5 web
This conversation will explore possible scenarios for bilateral relations with China over the next couple of years with and without engagement. While the decline of the relationship over the past three years has been well documented, many options for the future remain to be considered. Speakers include Michael Smith, China correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, and Dr Geoff Raby, Director of Geoff Raby Associates and former ambassador to China (2007-2011).
ACIAC Forum web image
This period was one of major interaction between the White Australia bureaucracy and a Chinese Australian community that fell in overall numbers as its proportion of Australian-born members increased. It was also in this period that the sterotype of the "Chinese as market gardeners" took hold just as other features of their activity faded in both reality and memory.
Michael lecture 4
Webnovels are born-digital, serialised user-generated-stories, mostly genre fiction, emerged as a disruptive model for literary publishing since the late 1990s. The past decades saw robust industrialisation and internationalisation of webnovels, as well as wide dissemination of translated Asian webnovels across multiple platforms. In this talk Dr Tony Ren will share his research on webnovels and explore the emergent trends of online creative writing, social reading and digital publishing.
Xiang webinar
Due to the situation of the global pandemic, we announce that 'Music and Spirituality' has been postponed to early September next year.
flyer final web
Addressing the central theme of ‘sacred creativity in the postdigital age’, this forum brings together some of the world's leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of spiritually-inspired music and related art forms.
Mini music forum image
Dr Geoff Raby AO, Chair of ACIAC Advisory Board, who initiated the Australian Writers Week in China 《澳大利亚文学周》, will be in conversation with Professor Jocelyn Chey, the first Australian Cultural Counsellor in China, to discuss how to run a writers week in Beijing.
writers week web
In this period white Australians steadily define Australia in ways that limit the presence and participation of people from China. Nevertheless this is also the period when Chinese Australian merchants build domestic and international trading networks that will make some of them extremely wealthy.
Michael Seminar 3 home

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