The China Story

The China StoryThe China Story Project is a web-based account of contemporary China created by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW)  in the College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. The Centre is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government of Australia in collaboration with ANU, a university with the most significant concentration of dedicated Chinese Studies expertise and the publisher of the leading Chinese Studies journals in Australia (see the ANU China Institute site here). CIW is a national research centre that is jointly managed by a body of academics that includes scholars of China at universities in AdelaideBrisbane,HobartMelbourne and Sydney.

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a humanities-led research institution that is engaged with the broad range of social sciences to produce academic work that, while relevant to the full spectrum of demands of international scholarship, also relates meaningfully to those in the public policy community, and to the broader interested public, both in Australia and overseas. It values a New Sinology, that is an intellectual, cultural and personal involvement with the Chinese world (be it in the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan or globally) that is underpinned by traditions of academic independence, local fluency and disciplinary relevance.

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a publicly funded research centre. We believe that it is crucially important for us to provide broad access to our research and expertise without pay walls or charge. This site features the following sections:

  • Yearbook, an annual themed overview of China that can be read online, downloaded chapter by chapter or in book form, or read in Kindle format.
  • Lexicon, which offers differing perspectives on key terms or expressions that form part of the public and media discussion of contemporary China both inside and outside the People’s Republic. These are terms or issues that are generally a source of contention between China’s official media, reporting and analysis in the international media, scholastic work and popular debate.
  • Archive, a database of Chinese-language material relevant to the Research Themes of CIW, the Yearbook and the Lexicon.
  • Journal, a running account of contemporary China by scholars and writers from diverse backgrounds.
  • New Sinology, an introduction to the concept and essays on the integrative study of contemporary China in historical context.
  • China in the World, a link to the Australian Centre on China in the World, its aims, research themes and staff. The Centre supports three academic journals: China Heritage QuarterlyEast Asian History and The China Journal.
  • The Australia-China Story, a resource for the study of the bilateral relationship.
  • Thinking China, introducing ideasindividuals and issues that offer insights into contemporary discussions and debates.

The speech/essay ‘Telling Chinese Stories‘ offers a background to the Project, and you can visit this page for reactions, citations and press mentions of The China Story.

—Geremie R. Barmé
Director, CIW

Find out more about The China Story at About the China Story.