JOSA Home The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (JOSA) Heading
[ History of JOSA | History of OSA | Constitution of OSA | Join OSA | Contact OSA ]   

Welcome to the website of the Oriental Society

Welcome to our website.The Oriental Society of Australia is the oldest society in Australia promoting Asian Studies in this continent since 1956. We are also moving with time, now you can contact us through our website. Please feel free to do so and send your views and suggestions and join our organisation.

Hugh Clarke, President.

2016 Events:

Obituary: Dr Margaret Tudor South.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing in June of this year of Margaret South, one of the major figures in the development of Asian Languages and Literatures in the New Zealand academic world.

The articles in JOSA written by Margaret South are shown below:

‘Li Ho – a scholar-official of the Yüan-ho period (806-821)’, Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 2 no. 2 (1964), pp. 64-81.

 ‘Li Ho and the new Yüeh-fu moment’, Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 4 no. 2 (1966), pp. 49-61.

‘Po Chü-i’s “The observatory tower” ’, Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 9 no. 1/2 (1972-3), pp. 3-13.

Date: Thursday 18th August 2016
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00-10:00 pm
Venue: Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, 393-399 Sussex St, Sydney. Tel: (02) 9212 3901

The Oriental Society of Australia  (OSA) will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of its creation by Professor A. R. Davis, Foundation Professor of Chinese at The University of Sydney, at an Anniversary Dinner on August 18. An invitation with details will soon be sent to Members.

Professor Hugh Clarke, President of OSA, is delighted that
Dr. A. M. (Jack) Harris MM, one of the first students of Chinese at the University, has accepted an invitation to give an address on that occasion. Jack has agreed to its publication subsequently in The Journal of The Oriental Society of Australia (JOSA).

Jack is a prize-winning author, who has recently written a memoir “Seize the Day,” which tells the story of his remarkable life.  Growing up as a child of the depression years, he became a soldier decorated for bravery, an agent in ASIO and, later, a director in the overseas arm of a large Australian company trading  in Asia.

Amongst several earlier books are two graphic novels on the Korean War. They have been cited in the official history of Australia’s participation in that conflict as being the most significant contributions to literature derived from it.

Download Event Flyer: OSA 60's Anniversary August 18th 2016 invitation flyer

 “Seize the Day” is available through the internet and also at the Sydney-based War Book Shop, where you may contact  -
  Clive Baker
  Tel.  02-9542 6771 or 0424-235 885.
  Opening hours are by appoinment only: 9.00 -5.00 Mon-Fri   
  Address: 2/78 Bellingara Road
                            Miranda, NSW 2228


Executive Committee Meeting

Date: Monday 27 June 2016
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: New Common Room, Brennan MacCallum BuildingA18

1.   Apologies
2.   Minutes of the EC meeting, 21st March 2016
3.   Matters arising from the Minutes
4.   Editor’s report
5.   Yasuko’s report
6.   Treasurer’s report
7.   60th anniversary of OSA 2016 (Thursday 18 August)
8.   AR Davis lecture (Monday 3rd October)
9.   2016 lecture program
10.  Date for AGM
11.  Any other business


2015 Events:

Commemorating the 70th anniversary since the AsiaPacificWar






About JOSA and OSA
Related Links

SYNLAC Workshop 2007












70th Anniversary Since the Asia Pacific War Conference 2015

International Pacificism Seminar - Postgraduates Forum -Kyoto 2014 (Part 4)

Wounds, Scars, and Healing: Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation, Seoul -2014 (Part3)

Looking Back on the Asia-Pacific war: Art, Cinem and Media, 2012 (Part2)

The Asia-Pacific War: Return, Representation, Reconciliation, 2011 (Part1)

Numismatic  Conference and Exhibitions 2009

OSA 2006 Conference:World Without Walls:Asia and the West - 21st Century Perspectives