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The Confucius Institute's China Briefings provide up to date knowledge of the most recent developments in China's political, economic and cultural spheres that are of the most concern to the Australian public. This program brings top experts in the field to South Australian audiences to present speeches, talks or forums, free to the public.

Upcoming China Briefing:

In our second China Briefing for 2017, we look back on China’s One Child Policy, its history, implementations, outcomes and longstanding impact on China’s demographic balance. Join us as Professor Martin K Whyte tracks the policy’s ‘tortured history’, its effects on the demographic makeup of modern China, and the problems China may now face as a result of the Policy, including becoming ‘old before rich.’

In the second part of the briefing Dr. Lauren Johnston will add context to the ‘old before rich’ demographic challenge that China is confronting. China, much like Japan and South Korea is now facing an ageing populace as over 65’s make up a growing share of the population. Unlike its North East Asian neighbours however, China is not yet ‘rich’. Is this as bad as it sounds though? And is China truly unique in staring down such a problem?

Join us for a fascinating discussion on these questions and more at our Confucius Institute China Briefing.


Professor Martin King Whyte is John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology Emeritus at Harvard University, and currently visiting Asia Scholar at the University of Melbourne. He specializes in the study of grass roots social organization and social change in the PRC. His most recent books are One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China (editor, Harvard University Press, 2010) and Myth of the Social Volcano: Perceptions of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2010).

Dr. Lauren A. Johnston is a Research Fellow in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne. Lauren's research in development economics applies mainly to China, Africa and China-Africa relations. Previously Lauren taught Chinese economy at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (IES), and held positions at the World Bank (DC) and World Economic Forum (Geneva). As an Overseas Development Institute Fellow she worked as an economist in the Ministries of Finance of Guyana and Sierra Leone, each for a year. Lauren holds a PhD (Econ) from Peking University, a MSc (Dev Econ) from the University of London (SOAS) and a BA/BCom from the University of Melbourne.


Professor Mobo Gao was the founding director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, and he is the author of books including Remembering Socialist China,1949-1976 (2015, co-author), The Battle for China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution (2008), Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China (1999).

Following the talk, complimentary drinks and canapes will be served.

Event Details

Date: Thursday May 4, 2017

Time: 5:45 p.m.

Venue: Napier 102, First Floor, Napier Building University of Adelaide

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