China Story Yearbook 2019: China Dreams Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Date: 02 Apr 2020

Photo: La Trobe University

2019 marked a number of significant anniversaries for the People’s Republic of China, each representing different ‘Chinese dreams’. Please join Yearbook editor Jane Golley and authors Gerald Roche, James Leibold and Jane Brophy to discuss some of the many dreams, illusions, aspirations and nightmares that co-existed (and clashed) in 2019 in China and beyond. After introducing the book’s key themes, Golley will focus on the challenges facing the Australian university sector amidst rising US-China tensions, while Leibold and Roche will discuss Tibetan attitudes to urbanisation, as revealed through three Tibetan pop songs. Brophy will introduce the Chinese scientist who helped bring to term the world’s first genetically-modified babies, along with a story about two Inner Mongolians infected with the plague in November, evoking a recurring nightmare with historical, environmental and authoritarian dimensions.

Date: Thursday 2 April 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Venue: Boardroom Room 20.02, La Trobe City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne



Professor Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU).

Dr James Leibold is an Associate Professor of Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University and the Head of the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy.

Dr Gerald Roche is a senior research fellow in the Department of Politics, Media, and Philosophy at La Trobe University. He is currently working on an ARC project with James Leibold (La Trobe) and Ben Hillman (ANU) on urbanization in Tibet.

Dr Jane Brophy is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Policy and Regulation at the University of Melbourne's School of Government. Her research focuses on the regulation of new and emerging biotechnologies--specifically stem cells and genetic editing--in a global context, with a special interest in China.

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