My China Story is a distinctive and impactful conversation series hosted by the Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture (IAC) at Western Sydney University to enable a deeper and wider understanding of the multifaceted and humanised China through sharing lived experiences and knowledge of China by Australian public figures. This new episode featured the established China Studies scholar Professor David S G Goodman, Director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney.
Professor Goodman grew up in England. He studied politics and modern history at the University of Manchester, then went on to study Chinese language and Chinese politics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He started teaching and researching Chinese politics and society first at SOAS, and then the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. After moving to Australia, he has taught and researched at Murdoch University, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the University of Sydney (twice), Nanjing University and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He first visited China in 1976 and having realised he needed to learn Chinese better and live in China he studied first at the then Beijing Languages Institute (today’s Beijing Language and Culture University) and a postgraduate course in political economics at Peking University.
China has been the focus of Professor Goodman’s activities for over fifty years. He has taught Chinese society, politics, history and literature. His research has focused on centre-local relations and regional development in China; the political and social history of the Communist Party of China; and on social and political change at local levels in China, most especially configurations of class, and the sociology of entrepreneurship in contemporary China. Professor Goodman has also been an advisor in economic and government activities related to China. He has lived in Beijing, Taiyuan, Nanjing, Lanzhou, and Suzhou, and has undertaken research elsewhere in China. Professor Goodman was a PRC Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Academic based at Nanjing University, also teaching at Shanxi University, and Northwest Normal University 2012-2016. He worked at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou where he first established the Department of China Studies and was later Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The attraction of China to Professor Goodman has long been its diversity and localism and they are at the centre of Professor Goodman’s presentation in this episode of My China Story, reflected photographically, a unique way of recounting his lived experiences and stories about China.
Chinese Music Appreciation 4: From Huqin to Hulusi
This Chinese Music Appreciation episode explored what might appear to be an unusual combination: the huqin and the hulusi. Originally 'barbarian' instruments introduced to China from around 700 AD, both instruments have developed in interesting ways over the centuries with the huqin now known internationally through the erhu (a popular variety of huqin), while the hulusi continues to maintain a relatively obscure and niche status.
Part talk and demonstration, IAC Research Fellow Doctor Nicholas Ng uncovered some of the most poignant aspects of these instruments as part of his research-based practice at the conclusion of Professor Goodman's talk.
Lens: In Meditation 镜头：冥想中 (Jìngtóu: Míngxiǎng zhōng)
Flight of the Dragon 龙的飞行 (Lóng de fēixíng)
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