CHINESE CULTURE

China: a land of contradictions

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. December, 2013 China is a land of contradictions. While on the one hand China presents herself as an outward looking developing nation proud of her new economic strength and rising international status; on the other hand she remains a culturally conservative, inward looking nation influenced by her isolationist past. Foreigners who live […]

On Chinese tourists in Cairns 2013

Brian Hennessy & Yirong Li. Cairns Post. August, 2013 Although ASIA is a culturally, economically, and politically diverse part of the world, China is unique. Regional areas within China are also different from each other. If we aim to provide a high standard of service delivery to Chinese visitors to Cairns, it might be wise […]

Becoming ‘Asia literate’

Sue-lin Wong. International Herald Tribune. June 11, 2013 Becoming ‘Asia Literate’: Learn Chinese, but Don’t Stop there. BEIJING — While studying abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Andrew Mead didn’t expect to find a job at Burton, one of the top snowboarding brands in the world. “In my spare time on exchange, I would go […]

Understanding China: what is Face?

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. 2013 Westerners can be conscious of Face. For example, telling a white-lie can be a legitimate attempt to save Face. If we live in an expensive house in an exclusive suburb, or drive a BMW instead of a humble Holden, perhaps we are mindful of Face. For Chinese people however, maintaining […]

Understanding China: what is Guanxi?

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. 2013 Think: Informal networks, using the back door, investing in relationships, calling in favours, underground economy, and so on. Guanxi is all of the above and more. In fact it is a highly sophisticated parallel economy which subverts a totalitarian system and its bloated, politicised bureaucracy.     Understanding China: what is Guanxi? […]

What do Chinese tourists want?

Brian Hennessy & Yirong Li. Cairns Post. March 2013 Most Chinese tourists who visit Australia will be ordinary people who in one generation have made a giant leap from poverty to a middle-class lifestyle. Not so long ago, their main focus was on surviving in a tough, isolated environment. Now they are travelling the world. Communism is […]

A brief introduction to Mandarin: Cairns

Yirong Li (Teacher Li). Assistant Professor, Chinese language & Culture. In Cairns.   Mandarin is the official language of mainland China. Note: Mandarin is a Western term for Chinese language. The local term is Putonghua which literally means ‘standard language’. The majority of mainland Chinese people speak Mandarin or one of its sub-dialects. A minority speak Cantonese (mainly […]

Chinese tourism in Cairns 2011

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. Business Week Opinion. Cairns Post. June, 2011 I have recently returned to Cairns from Chongqing, China, where I have been living and working for the last eight years. This giant metropolis of 6.5 million residents straddles the Yangtze River upstream from the Three Gorges Dam. It lies in the […]

China from the inside out

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. February, 2012 I hesitate to write about my observations of life in China. The boundary between my Western culture and Chinese culture has blurred. For example: when I arrived in 2003 everything was new and exciting and it was easy to spot the differences. Nowadays they are not so obvious. Nevertheless, […]

Australian & Chinese couples

Adele Horin. Sydney Morning Herald. January 3, 2012   Eastern approach may keep couples from landing in divorce courts AUSTRALIAN couples show affection, speak their mind and put high store on love and sex as essential ingredients of a happy marriage. But with one in three ending in divorce, researchers are examining whether Eastern cultures […]


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