My China Story

Event Name
My China Story
16 June 2022
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Parramatta South Campus

Address (Room): Building EA, Institute for Australia and Chinese Arts and Culture, Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus


My China Story

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Contemporary China, with its population of 1.4 billion people, is a unique country of unfathomable diversity. Filled with rapid changes, it is a place that presents a wide range of human conditions and lifestyles and continues to be an area of scholarly, cultural and mercantile interest and importance for Australians.

The Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture (IAC) is launching a distinctive, face-to-face conversation series entitled My China Story to build a three-dimensional understanding of China. The invited guests are from a wide range of fields and professions who have lived and worked in China for an extensive period of time. Each conversation features a guest speaker who will share individual stories and experiences to enable audiences to build their own perception and understanding of China.

For the inaugural conversation of My China Story, we are delighted and greatly honoured to feature renowned Sinologist, author, essayist, cultural commentator, and Chinese film and literature translator, Linda Jaivin. Linda has published 12 books, several of which featured or focused on China, including her latest, much talked about book The Shortest History of China. Linda dedicated this book to her parents “who encouraged me to study whatever interested me. What interested me was China”.

Linda’s interest in China saw to her graduation with honours in 1977 from Brown University with a four-year degree in Asian history. She lived and studied first in Taiwan, then worked in Hong Kong as a correspondent for Asiaweek. From there, she ventured onwards to mainland China where she came to know artists, musicians, writers, translators, editors, cartoonists, academics and ordinary citizens. Her destined encounter with the most influential Chinese film makers Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou opened up another chapter of her career and led to her unique contribution in bringing major Chinese films to world audiences through her English subtitle translations. Linda’s many amazing stories about her experiences and times in China will shed invaluable insights on multifaceted China.

Our inaugural conversation which will be opened on site by Peter Cai, CEO of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations at IAC on Parramatta South campus on Thursday 16 June, 4-5:30 pm. Linda’s presentation outlining her times in China will be followed by her conversation with Professor Jing Han, Director of IAC, covering a range of topics relating to Linda’s lived experiences in and knowledge of China.

Chinese Music Appreciation: The art of guzheng with Julia Luo

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Alongside My China Story, we are excited to launch our Chinese Music Appreciation series. At the end of each conversation, there will be an introduction of a particular Chinese music instrument or a type of Chinese music, followed by a live performance.

The Chinese Music Appreciation for this conversation will feature the guzheng, introduced by Julia Luo, Director of the Sydney Guyun Guzheng Arts Academy with a performance accompanied by some of Australia’s youngest guzheng virtuosos.

The guzheng is one of the most well-known of instruments synonymous with China and Chinese culture. In this short lecture demonstration, Julia Luo uncovers some of the past and present mysteries surrounding this iconic Chinese instrument with an ensemble of young virtuosos from Sydney’s very own Guyun Guzheng Arts Academy.

We are pleased to offer an onsite book signing segment with Linda Jaivin at the conclusion of the official proceedings.

Speakers: Linda Jaivin

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Name: Yanni Liu

School / Department: Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture