Louise Edwards is Emeritus Professor at UNSW’s School of Humanities and Languages and Honorary Professor at HKU and UTS: ACRI. She is an elected Fellow of 3 learned academies: the Academy of Humanities in Australia, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities. Her most recent sole-authored books include Citizens of Beauty: Drawing Democratic Dreams in Republican China (Seattle: Washington University Press 2020), Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China (Cambridge University Press 2016) and Women, Politics and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford University Press 2008)
Shouting from the political podium seldom makes for good diplomacy. Respectful language is critical.
Australian domestic political discourse is infected with “distract-ables” and announce-ables”. It is riddled with confected indignation, posed victimhood, and dog-whistling duplicity. Sometimes these strategies undermine a political competitor by consolidating tenuous narratives or creating insidious innuendo. Yet others are presented with great fanfare to hide a looming scandal. Continue reading »
Chinese diaspora are the ones facing the foreign policy abuse at the moment—but don’t worry, racism is an equal opportunity affair—once your country falls from favour—they’ll be targeting your mob next. ANU – China in the World Annual Lecture 2020 Continue reading »