Friending China: the humanities want to help

The feds have replaced the Australia China Council with the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations which will have more money. But what will it do?

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has three ideas.

* capacity review of research and training in China studies

* “targeted funding” for Chinese-Australian artists and performers to participate in bilateral arts and culture programmes

*  Chinese-Australian business and professional networks, “as a national resource

The academy adds it is, “uniquely equipped to ensure the independence and integrity of its Chinese-Australian diaspora initiatives through its expertise, experience, community networks and outstanding Chinese-Australian academicians.”

Former academy president John Fitzgerald (Swinburne U) prepared the submission to a DFAT review, with assistance from members of the academy council.


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