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Australian Studies with Chinese Characteristics [in progress]

Edited by Richard Hu and Diane Hu

China has arguably the largest community of Australian studies in the world. However, not much is known about this phenomenon, including its emergence, rationale, interests, influences, and the implications for strategic China-Australia engagement in a region of increasing challenge and uncertainty. This volume unpacks how Australia is taught, learned, researched, communicated, and promoted in the Asian giant as well as its largest trade partner. In doing so, it penetrates the Australian representation to reach the Chinese essence of this phenomenon—the ‘Chineseness’ in Australian studies. This volume collects contributions from a group of leading and emerging Chinese and Australian scholars—who are members and insiders of this community—to jointly debate on this intellectual entity and its significant influences and implications. Produced at a critical moment of commemorating half a century of China-Australia diplomatic relations and four decades of formalised Australian studies in China, this volume provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and insightful examination of this China-Australia engagement. It will be of interest to scholars, students, policymakers, and general readers in areas of Australian studies, Chinese studies, Asia-Pacific studies, China-Australia relations, and international relations.   

Redefining Migration in Global Cities: Insights from Sydney and Melbourne [in progress]

This book, and the research behind it, has derived from a need to address several deficiencies in the current research and policy debates on global cities and migration. First, global cities and migration need to be organically integrated into a meaningful analytical framework to inform both research and policy in contemporary discourses of globalisation and urbanisation. Second, migration, as traditionally perceived and classified according to ethnicity, needs to be redefined as mobility to capture the new modes of people movement and articulate with global cities. Third, the local transformations in global cities, either as a contributory factor or as a resultant impact of the new migration in contemporary globalisation, need to be systematically examined towards an enhanced understanding and effective policy approach. For these purposes, this book aims: 


  • To inject migration into the understanding of global cities to bridge the two theses under contemporary globalisation; 

  • To redefine migration as mobility to capture the increasing intensity and complexity of people movement into and between global cities; and 

  • To dissect the local transformations in association with the interactive globality-mobility in global cities. 

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