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AFA5 Brisbane launch with Linda Jaivin

As China rises, can its culture conquer the world?

To celebrate the release of the February 2019 issue of Australian Foreign Affairs 5, Are We Asian Yet?: History vs Geography join contributing author Linda Jaivin as she looks at how we ought to be able to relate better to Chinese culture than we do given there are 1.2 million residents or citizens who identify as ethnic Chinese in Australia and Mandarin is the second-most commonly spoken language after English. Geography, trade and investment, geopolitics and climate change are among the things that bind Australia to the People’s Republic of China, sometimes to our advantage, sometimes to our discomfort. The obstacles to greater cultural engagement range from language barriers and the politics of fear to simple perplexity at some of the Communist Party’s soft power efforts. Should we try harder? What is at stake if we don’t? Just as important: what do we gain if we do?

Linda Jaivin is an Australian writer, the author of eleven books (seven novels and four books of non-fiction including the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World), and a film translator (from Chinese). Her most recent books are The Empress Lover, published in April 2014 and the non-fiction Beijing, about the city and its history, published in 2014 as well. She is also the co-editor of the China Story Yearbook, published by the Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. Linda Jaivin lives in Sydney and is working on several new projects, including a new novel.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

6:30 – 7:30pm (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) 

Cinema B
Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place
South Bank
Queensland 4101 Australia

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Places are limited for this free event, please book early to avoid disappointment. RSVP by Friday 15 February 2019 on telephone 07 3735 5322 or email [email protected]