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.
Dr Nicholas Ng is an ethnomusicologist as well as a musician with special expertise in traditional Chinese music and Australia-China music exchange. He obtained his PhD on diasporic Chinese music from the Australian National University. He was formerly a Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium and Chinese Music Ensemble Coordinator at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A practice-led researcher specialising in composition and performance, Nicholas curated the festival Encounters: China (2010) and has appeared at a number of prestigious international festivals and conferences. His life as a researching artist has been documented on SBS Mandarin Radio, ABC Music Show, and in the ABC Compass program, Divine Rhythms (2018).
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.
John Cui is a winner of ACIAC’s PhD scholarship (beginning from 2018) and he works with Professor Anthony Uhlmann and Professor Nicholas Jose from Writing and Society Research Centre, Dr Jing Han from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts of Western Sydney University on a comparative project that looks into the similarities and differences between Chinese Inner Mongolian language writing and indigenous Australian writing (with a focus on Alexis Wright’s work). Cui has had experience in the translation of Chinese novels into English. His doctoral project involves the translation of a Mongolian language novel into English and an in-depth consideration of the various issues involved in the process.
Executive Assistant/Project Officer
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.
Former Research Fellows & Alumni
Dr. Kiu-wai Chu was a Postdoctoral Fellow in ACIAC between 2017 to 2019. He was also an Institute-based Researcher in the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) in Western Sydney University. During his time in ACIAC, Dr. Chu conducted research on contemporary Chinese visual arts and cinema; he organized conversations and seminar talks with writers, filmmakers and artists such as Hao Jingfang; Dorothy Tse; Olivia Martin-McGuire and Rebecca Berry; Rose Wong; and Tammy Xiang. He has also presented his research works in various conferences and academic occasions, and published extensively in international journals and edited volumes, as well as theatre reviews in outlets such as The Conversation. In June 2019, he convened the first International Emerging Scholars’ Forum on Australian and Chinese arts and culture in ACIAC.
Prior to joining ACIAC, Dr. Chu 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. He is currently Assistant Professor in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He continues to research on a range of topics including environmental humanities; ecocriticism; cinema and visual arts in Chinese contexts; and Australian Chinese art and culture. His work has appeared in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Modern Art Asia, Transnational Ecocinema; Oxford Bibliographies, Journal of Chinese Governance and elsewhere.