Culture

Australian students in China

December

1. In 2016, there were 442,389 international students in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Of these, 4,796 (1.1 percent) were from Australia.[1]

2. In 2016, Australia was the 23rd source country for international students in the PRC. The top 10 were:[2]

Students of Mandarin: Dare to take the plunge

December

By Simone van Nieuwenhuizen

Note: This article appeared in the December edition of China Matters' blog, YP Stance on December 1 2017.

Let them speak: Australian values and Chinese students

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Institute of International Affairs’ blog, Australian Outlook, on October 11 2017.

In conversation: Mei Fong, 'One Child'

December

On August 1 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winner Mei Fong to discuss her book, One Child, with former chief political correspondent for SBS Television, Catherine McGrath.


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Australia's Chinese community caught in the crossfire

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in Sydney Today (Chinese) on June 16 2017.

Australian media have been in a frenzy this month over allegations that the Chinese government is seeking to undermine Australian sovereignty.

Recent histories of the Chinese in Australia: New ideas and new directions

December

On April 6 2017 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Technology Sydney, presented a seminar on Chinese historiography in Australia. 

Chinese history scholars Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson, University of Sydney; Professor Wanning Sun, University of Technology Sydney; Dr Michael Williams, Western Sydney University; and Professor Kam Louie, University of New South Wales, discussed the current state of Chinese history scholarship and the new directions it is taking.


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No nostalgia for Mao in the Australian-Chinese community

December

By Bob Carr

No sweeter duty for a Premier. A convention centre packed with families, their youngsters being praised as the highest achievers in the end-of-school exams. A happy annual ritual.

Looking back, one thing stands out about the annual awards for young scholars: the steady rise, in my years, in the number of students with Chinese names (and those with Indian and Vietnamese names).

Building Chinese Language Capacity in Australia

December

A report commissioned by the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), written by Dr Jane Orton, reveals the lack of Australian students enrolling in Chinese language study.

- Since 2008 the number of students learning Chinese in Australian schools has doubled to 172,832 – this is 4.7 percent of total school student numbers.

- There has been an overall drop over the past eight years of some 20 percent in the number of non-background classroom learners taking Chinese to around just 400.

Addressing the Knowledge Gap: Chinese Language in Australia

December

On April 21 2016 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) launched a report on Chinese language study in Australia.

The report, 'Building Chinese Language Capacity in Australia', commissioned by ACRI and written by Dr Jane Orton, highlights the gaps in Australia's Chinese language capacity and how these can be bridged, through careful and considered analysis.


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Chinese language competency in Australia

December

1. The Australia in the Asian Century White Paper recognizes the need for an increased linguistic capacity within the Australian population: “Relying on the language capabilities of Asian-Australians for all of Australia’s relationships and engagement will not be adequate. Proficiency in more than one language is a basic skill of the 21st century”.[1]

2. In 2015 3,694,101 students attend school in Australia.[2] Of those: