All future 2011 events
|Public Talk: Chinese Author Yan Lianke |
11 March 2011
Renowned Chinese novelist Yan Lianke was born in an impoverished region of Song County, Henan Province in 1958. His parents, illliterate farmers who lacked the means to send him to university, encouraged him to enlist in the army, where he rose in the ranks to become a propaganda writer. Upon returning to civilian life, Yan embarked on a career as a novelist. Over the last 30 years, he has produced an extensive body of work that ranges from novels, novellas and short fiction to essays and criticism. Although he has had two of his novels banned in China and was, for a period of three years, prohibited from obtaining a passport or travelling abroad, Yan continues to speak honestly about the impact that government censorship - and self-censorship - have had on contemporary Chinese writers.
|An Enchanting Night of Chinese Opera |
16 March 2011
On the 16th of March, we will be co-presenting a Chinese opera performance at the State Theatre with Australian International Trade and Commerce Inc.
This year's opera troupe is from the internationally renowned Tianjin Youth Opera Company and will be performing Scenes from the Legend of White Snake.
The story tells of a young scholar who falls in love with a beautiful woman, unaware that she is a white snake who has taken on human form. A monk intervenes, revealing Lady White Snake's true identity.
We are pleased to inform you that we are giving away free tickets to friends of the Confucius Institute.
|The China Model of State Capitalism: Appeals and limitations |
28 March 2011
Speaker: Professor Suisheng Zhao, University of Denver and editor of the Journal of Contemporary China.
Co-presented with Sydney Ideas, China Studies Centre and The Confucius Institute,University of Sydney.
The financial crisis that started from the US and swept quickly across the globe seems giving the Chinese style state capitalism an advantage in its rivalry with Western style democratic capitalism. While the West countries continue struggling to recover slowly from the recession, the Chinese economy rebounded quickly and strongly. For some people, China's impressive rebound from such a precipitous recession proves that a China model has emerged and will work better for China and some other developing countries than the Western model of modernisation. To what extent has China provided a distinct model of modernisation and what are its appeals and limitations? Seeking answers to these questions, Suisheng Zhao argues that while China indeed presents a unique model of rapid economic growth and relative political stability, it is hardly a victory of state capitalism. For all its appeals, the China model has serious flaws that may threaten its sustainability.
Professor Suisheng Zhao:
Professor Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Executive Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, the only English language journal edited in North America that provides exclusive information about contemporary Chinese affairs for scholars, businessmen and government policy-makers. He is a Research Associate at the Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research in Harvard University, and an honorary jianzhi professor at Beijing University, Renmin University, China University of International Relations, Fudan University and Shanghai Foreign Studies University.
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|Public Lecture: Does traditional Chinese medicine have a role in chemotherapy of cancer? |
12 April 2011
|Professor Kelvin Chan|
PhD DSc FCP FSB FRPS FRSM
Joint Chair in TCM
Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney, and Complementary Medicine Research Centre, University of Western Sydney
Cancer is a disorder due to progressive accumulation of genetic and epigenetic alterations that induce normal cells forming malignant derivatives. Despite medical advances, there are only few examples of conventional therapies leading to cure; toxicity due to chemotherapy or radiation is a major problem. Cancer remains a burden of public health worldwide.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)-based therapies have gained increasing acceptance in recent years. Two major directions have been set out to make used of this experience-based medical practice. Well-documented Chinese medicinal materials (CMM) with anti-cancer activities are being pursued by academia and pharmaceutical companies as rich resources for drug discovery with some success. Individualised TCM prescriptions containing several CMM components are co-administered with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Similarly other non-chemotherapy TCM therapies such as acupuncture and qigong are requested by cancer patients. Such approaches have been shown beneficial to give better quality of life for some cancer patients at terminal stages. Yet this individualization treatment is not accepted by the conventional randomized clinical trial (RCT) methodology as evidence-based approach.
The lecture reviews some of the progresses and attempts to brain-storm the possibility of how to get the best of both entirely different medical concepts of therapies from an integrative approach of linking user-reported outcomes and science-based parameters.
Professor Kelvin Chan is Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
|Tai Ji Public Seminar with Master Li Deyin |
18 April 2011
On the 18th of April, The Confucius Institute and Tai Ji Australia will be hosting a free public seminar with Master Li Deyin, the primary designer and the author of Tai Ji Simplified 24 Forms.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from a true master.
Click here to register.
|Chinese Tea Appreciation For Mothers' Day |
7 May 2011
Following our popular Tea Appreciation Lunch at Zensation Tea House last November, we are holding another tea appreciation event on Saturday the 7th of May - the day before Mothers' Day.
Join us to experience the muscle relaxing and blood cleansing properties of White Peony tea, understand the cancer fighting components of Oolong, and taste a cup of rare Du Hong Pao tea, which legend has it healed a Ming Dynasty Emperor.
The lunch includes three teas tasting, a dim sum lunch, and a tea appreciation talk by a Zensation Tea House tea expert.
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|Contemporary Overseas Chinese Literature: Theory and Practice |
15 May 2011 to 18 May 2011
Jointly organised by the School of Languages and Cultures at the Faculty of Arts, the China Studies Centre of the University of Sydney and the Chinese Department of Fudan University.
|Public Lecture: Chinese Fiction in the First Decade of the New Century |
16 May 2011
Renowned scholar Professor Chen Sihe, Chinese Literature Department of Fudan University in Shanghai, will discuss the evolution of contemporary Chinese literature.
|Public Lecture: Continual Experimentation in Modern Chinese Printmaking |
17 May 2011
When modern Chinese art and literature emerged in the first half of the twentieth century, it was the modern woodcut movement that thrived in China in the 1930s that was one of the consequential expressions of the avant-garde. In his presentation for Sydney Ideas Xiaobing Tang will discuss the logic of experimentation at different stages in the development of modern Chinese printmaking.
|Chen Kaige Interview |
18 June 2011
Chinese Director Chen Kaige is one of China's most respected filmmakers. His 1993 film Farewell My Concubine was the first Chinese film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
|Shelly Kraicer in conversation with Professor Stephanie Donald |
20 June 2011
On the 20th June, Chinese film festival curator Shelly Kraicer and Professor Stephanie Donald will join in a free public conversation on Chinese film.
|Artist Shen Mo talk at Kerrie Lowe Gallery |
20 July 2011
Australian Chinese Artist Shen Mo will deliver a talk on his artwork at KerrieLowe Gallery in conjunction with his exhibition Ink Flows on Rice Paper.
|Gu Qin Concert with The Conservatorium |
6 August 2011
The Confucius Institute and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will co-present a Gu Qin Workshop and Concert with Chinese musician Jin Wei on the 6th of August 2011. The gu qin has been played since ancient times in China and has traditionally been favoured by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement.
|Chinese Women's Art in the Context of Contemporary Culture |
8 August 2011
Co-presented by the Confucius Institute and the Department of Art History & Film Studies
Chinese art scholar Xu Hong will talk on the current state of post 1990's women's art in China. Xu Hong is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and previously worked at the Shanghai Museum. She has a reputation as a very well-informed and wide-ranging contemporary art historian and has long published on women's issues in art. She has also been curator and key organiser for art exhibitions in China, the United States and Europe.
|World Literature, Chinese Literature and Literary Translation |
7 September 2011
Professor McDougall has just returned from a residence for distinguished writers and artists in Italy with the Santa Maddalena Foundation, where she was the first participant ever to be invited with a specialisation on Chinese literature. She was also one of the first literary translators to be awarded the prestigious Fellowhip.
|Political Legitimacy in China: A Confucian Perspective |
5 October 2011
Co-presented with Sydney Ideas and The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
|Play On The Beach - In Conversation with Artist Guan Wei |
16 October 2011
The University of Sydney Confucius Institute and Martin Browne Contemporary Gallery are pleased to invite you to a talk by one of Australia's premier contemporary artists - Guan Wei. The talk coincides with Guan Wei's latest solo exhibition Play on the Beach at Martin Browne Contemporary Gallery, to be opened by Oscar award winning actress Cate Blanchett on the 12th of October.