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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Room LG18 (Law Faculty, Sidgwick Site)
Event date: 
Thursday, 20 October, 2022 - 14:00
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China Research Seminar Series talk (time to be confirmed) given by Dr Josh Stenberg, University of Sydney

In the early Cold War, Chinese-language writers in Indonesia and in the PRC began to turn their attention to Indonesia, not least because of Bandung Conference (1955). The Jakarta-Beijing axis, though far from untroubled, created a narrative of anti-imperialistic solidarity for both young republics. Reportage and touristic writing in Chinese in the 1950s about Indonesia generated a new image for the archipelago in Sinophone letters, distinct from the exoticism and emerging leftism of the 1930s and earlier urgent wartime reporting. Popular song and translation of Indonesian literature also contributed to the impression of an allied archipelago, bound to stand by the PRC in a perilous international environment.

Josh Stenberg is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney, specialising in Chinese literature and translation, with a Southeast Asian focus. He holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award and is presently a fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies. Recent publications include the monographs Liyuanxi - Chinese 'Pear Garden' Theatre (2022) and Minority Stages: Sino-Indonesian Performance and Public Display (2019).

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