China's Ethnic Minority Areas: Impressions from travels in 2018


Chinese culture specialist Professor Colin Mackerras shares the experience of his travels among the nation's minority groups.

Start Date

13th Dec 2018 5:30pm

End Date

13th Dec 2018 7:30pm


Harvard Lecture Room 1, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Colin Mackerras

In 2108 Professor Colin Mackerras travelled to China’s ethnic areas, ranging from Korean in the northeast (Jilin Province), Zhuang, Dong and Miao in the southeast (Guangxi and Guizhou), to Uighur and Kasak in the northwest (Xinjiang). Although a tourist, he gained new stronger impressions on these minority groups.  

Professor Mackerras has previously researched China’s ethnic minorities and written extensively about them.  The main impressions on these latest trips concerned the state of the economy and the degree or modernization; the extent of survival of traditional cultures; attitudes of people, and the position of religion; and ethnic relations.

Professor Mackerras will share his insight on these topics based mainly on a traveller’s impression.

Professor Colin Mackerras is an Australian Sinologist and Emeritus Professor at Griffith University, and a specialist on Chinese culture. He has written many books and articles about China, especially its ethnic minorities and theatre, as well as Western images of China and Australia-China relations. He has been a regular visitor to China (over 70 times) and worked there on many occasions, the first being from 1964-66 at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

This lecture is co-supported by the Asia Institute Tasmania and the Australian China Friendship Society - Tasmania Branch.