Our Team


Professor Labao Wang had his PhD in English from University of Sydney. His research interests include Anglo-American literature and postcolonial literatures in English, Australian literature, literary criticism and theory, short fiction as a literary genre, literary semiotics and language teaching. Professor Wang has published widely in China and overseas. He has worked on national research projects like “Traditions in Australian Literary Criticism” and “Postmodern Experiments in Australian Fiction”, and his books include A History of Australian Literary Criticism (China Social Sciences Press, 2016, included in China’s 2015 National Achievements Library of Philosophy and Social Sciences), Australian Short Fiction in the 1980s: Continuity and Change (Soochow University Press, 2000) and The Purest Art: Euro-American Theories of the Short Story as a Literary Genre (Southeast University Press, 2006). He is currently Vice President of the Chinese Association for Language and Semiotic Studies, the Chinese Association of Australian Studies in China, and the Chinese Association for Studies in World Literatures Written in English. And he was the founding editor of Language and Semiotic Studies (2015-16).

Professor Jocelyn Chey AM obtained her PhD in the history of Chinese philosophy from the University of Sydney. For more than 20 years she was a senior official in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she was instrumental in helping to lay the foundations for trade and cultural relations between China and Australia. Her many diplomatic appointments include as Cultural Counsellor in the Australia Embassy in Beijing (1975–1978); Senior Trade Commissioner in the Australian Embassy in Beijing (1985–1988) and Consul-General for Australia in Hong Kong (1992–1995). Since retirement from the public service, she has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and was the foundation Director of ACIAC (2016-2017). Her research interests include Australia-China relations, cultural diplomacy, international relations and humour studies.  She was awarded the Australia-China Council Medal for contributions to the development of relations between Australia and China in November 2008, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2009, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (FAIIA) in November 2009.

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Dr Xiang (Tony) Ren is working in the ACIAC research theme of 'Communication and Culture'. His research fields include digital publishing, creative industries and open cultures in Australia and China. Ren completed his PhD at Queensland University of Technology, receiving the University's Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. Prior to joining ACIAC, he worked in Australian and Chinese universities as a research fellow and lecturer and spent more than a decade working in the Chinese media industries.

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Dr. Kiu-wai Chu works under the ACIAC research theme of 'Arts and Culture'. Prior to joining ACIAC, he was SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow in University of Zurich. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature in University of Hong Kong, and his previous degrees from SOAS, University of London, and University of Cambridge. He was a visiting Fulbright scholar in University of Idaho. His research focuses on environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and cinema and visual arts in Chinese contexts. His work has appeared in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Modern Art Asia, Transnational Ecocinema; Oxford Bibliographies and elsewhere.

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Christopher Cheng is the first ACIAC doctoral degree scholarship award winner and he works under Dr Denis Byrne from Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), Western Sydney University, on "The China-Australia Heritage Corridor", a major research project funded by the Australian Research Council. His PhD project on the legacy of modern schools in Chung-shan (Zhongshan) brings together his background and interest in overseas Chinese, migrant heritage and people-place relations; and in doing so, preserves the living memories of Cantonese emigrants in Australia.

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Lindsay Liu is the Executive Assistant at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture. She holds the degrees of Master of Media Practice and Master of Publishing from the University of Sydney. Lindsay has experience working in public service institutions including the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Other support staff will be provided as the Institute's work develops.