China Studies Centre

Past 2011 Events

Social Change in China. Book launch and discussion

9 August

Professor Maurizio Marinelli, Director, Centre for Social & Cultural Change in China Investment, UTS, Sydney will launch three new books by China Studies Centre academics and lead a discussion on their research findings. The books are:

  • Beatriz Carrillo and Jane Duckett (editors) China's Changing Welfare Mix: Local Perspectives (Routledge)
  • Beatriz Carrillo’s Small Town China: Rural Labour and Social Inclusion (Taylor Francis)
  • Minglu Chen’s Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People's Republic of China (Routledge)

Dr Beatriz Carrillo will discuss population movements in and out of China’s vast network of towns and small cities. Here the inclusion/exclusion of rural migrant workers is assessed through an examination of rural workers’ immersion into a small town's labour market, their access to welfare benefits and to social services, such as housing, education and health.

Dr Minglu Chen will discuss, the situation of women in enterprise ownership and leadership indicates that despite gender inequality for women during China’s reform years, women are playing a more active and significant role in China’s economic development than currently thought. She will examine the deeper realities of women entrepreneurs in China, and by extension the role of leading women in the workforce.

Beatriz Carillo

Beatriz Carillo Garcia is originally from Mexico. She completed her first degree in International Relations at the TEC de Monterrey (ITESM). She lived, studied and worked in Japan and in China, before coming to Australia to undertake her doctoral studies. She completed her PhD at UTS in 2006 with the doctoral thesis New Urban Space in China: Towns, Rural Labour and Social Inclusion.

Minglu Chen

Minglu Chen is Australian Research Council Postgraduate Research Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. Her research concentrates on social and political change in local China and entrepreneurship in China.

Download the podcast of this event. Click here (68 mins, MP3, 31.3Mb)

East Asian National Identity Gaps: their causes and consequences

16 August

Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University

Introducing a six-dimensional, comparative approach to national identity, Professor Rozman will trace the recent evolution of national identity in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. He will argue that evolving national identity gaps involve much more than historical memories of war.

Professor Gilbert Rozman

Professor Rozman's current research focuses on national identities in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea, and how they shape bilateral trust and evolving relations in the region. In addition, he works on sociological factors in international relations, emphasising mutual perceptions and barriers to regionalism. His recent books include: Chinese Strategic Thought toward Asia, U.S. Leadership, History and Bilateral Relations in Northeast Asia, and East Asian National Identities: Commonalities and Differences.

Listen to the podcast (1 hour 1 min, MP3, 28.1Mb)

Firewall China: the internet and social media in China

5 September

Jeremy Golkorn, editor and publisher of and blogger on the media in China

Co-presented with the China Studies Centre and the Australian Centre on China in the World at Australian National University.

The Chinese Internet is fundamentally different from the Internet most westerners experience. It is highly controlled and censored. Blog posts, newspaper reports, and even government propaganda articles and videos sometimes disappear without any notice. Chinese Internet users are very cynical, often believing that anything reported in the official and commercial media is likely to be a lie.

Falsehoods, rumors and unreliable information are equally common on the Internet, but for breaking news and critical commentary, there is no other place for Chinese citizens.

A very current example: you could find out more about the bullet train crash of July 23 that has killed at least 40 people on Weibo ("China's Twitter") than you could in the official media. And the most reliable death toll and list of victims is currently being compiled as online, in a shared Google doc (see this link)

Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn founded the popular China media website in 2003, tracking the changes in China’s media and Internet on a daily basis with translations, original articles, videos and blog posts. His new project is, a web magazine about China publishing original writing, video, translations, photography and audio about China and the Chinese world.

In 2011, Danwei's media and Internet tracking services became a paid service, and a new site on was launched to cover China and Chinese culture for the general interest reader. Danwei is affiliated with the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Goldkorn has lived in Beijing since 1995. He has lived in a workers dormitory, ridden a bicycle across Xinjiang and Tibet, and spent the last decade working in the Chinese media, advertising and Internet industries.

Goldkorn produced the documentary film African Boots of Beijing. His writing has appeared in many Chinese and foreign publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, Life (生活), and Cosmopolitan's China edition (时尚杂志), covering a range of subjects from media regulation, Internet business, freedom of expression, the habits of young Chinese Internet users Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall and Chinese consumer culture. Public Affairs Asia magazine called Goldkorn “one of China’s most prolific and powerful social media commentators.”

Jeremy Goldkorn is a Beijing-based associate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU.

Listen to the podcast (1 hour 2 mins, MP3, 28.6Mb)

Latin America and China: Beyond Trade and Investments?

1 November

Professor Enrique Dussel Peters, National Autonomous University in Mexico (UNAM)

The China-Latin American trade and investment relationship has deepened significantly in the last decade. But does this relationship extend beyond economic considerations? This presentation will look at the bilateral relationship from a socioeconomic perspective, discussing the possibilities for expanded cooperation in areas such as research and development, technology, education, and expanded cooperation in projects of mutual interest. To address these issues, the case of Mexico and China will be taken up as the focus, with the subsequent discussion looking for lessons from the existing Australia-China relationship.

Professor Enrique Dussel Peters

Enrique Dussel Peters is a Professor of Economics at the National Autonomous University in Mexico (UNAM). His research has concentrated on theory of industrial organization, economic development, political economy, as well as on the manufacturing sector, trade and regional specialization patterns in Latin America and Mexico. He has collaborated and coordinated projects with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean (ECLAC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), Ford Foundation and the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB), among other institutions.

Listen to the podcast (MP3, 1 hour 17 mins, 35.7Mb)

Social Change in China. Book launch and discussion

22 November

Dr James Reilly, University of Sydney

The rise of public opinion and its influence in Chinese foreign policy reveals a remarkable evolution in authoritarian responses to social turmoil. James Reilly shows how Chinese leaders have responded to popular demands for political participation with a sophisticated strategy combining tolerance, responsiveness, persuasion, and repression. The success of their approach helps explain why and how the Communist Party continues to rule China. Through a detailed examination of China’s relations with Japan from 1980 to 2010, this book extends the study of public opinion’s influence on foreign policy beyond democratic states. It reveals how persuasion and responsiveness help sustain Communist Party rule in China, and develops a method for examining similar dynamics in other authoritarian regimes.

Dr James Reilly

Dr James Reilly is a Lecturer in Northeast Asian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research has appeared in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Survival, Washington Quarterly, Asian Survey, and China: An International Journal. He has been a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Renmin University in Beijing. He also worked with the American Friends Service Committee in China from 2001-2008. His new book is Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Listen to the podcast (MP3, 51 mins, 47.5Mb)