Contact & Location


Confucius Institute

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 328
Phone: (208) 885-7110
Fax: (208) 885-5221

Mailing Address:
Confucius Institute
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Dr. Hexian Xue, Co-Director
South China University of Technology
(208) 885-7135

Dr. Matthew Wappett, Co-Director
University of Idaho
(208) 885-2214

Conference and Symposia Information

Symposium on Overseas Chinese Cultural Identity (Post-1980) | November 20 -23, 2014
at the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia

The Theme
Overseas Chinese cultural identity studies, Chinese immigration, integration and contribution to the host countries.

The Chinese diaspora's physical and cultural presence is clearly evident in South East Asia through thousands of years of migration to both neighboring and somewhat distant countries. In the 19th and 20th centuries with the lure of Western countries, the need for labor, gold discoveries and sea travel, Chinese communities were established overseas, particularly in North America, Australia and Canada.

The opening up of China from the 1980s created a new wave of Chinese migration. It has different characteristics from previous waves of migration and has changed the landscape of their host countries forever. This conference will focus on the Chinese who have migrated overseas from the 1980s to the present. We will discuss how they face the challenges that immigration presents; how well they integrate into and contribute to their host countries; and, at the same time, how they maintain their Chinese cultural identity.

Call for Papers
We invite papers on any aspect of Chinese immigration and cultural identity from the 1980s to the present including history, education, culture, politics, social science, commerce and gender studies.

Important Dates:
  • August 31, 2014 - Deadline for title and abstract (About 300 words)
  • November 23, 2014 - Deadline of the full paper (3,000-5,000 words) for publication purpose, only if you would like to be considered for the publication. All the papers submitted for publication will be subject to a peer review process.

Conference Contact
Dr. Liang Fen
Tel: +61 8 6488 6888; +61 411 122 865
Fax: +61 8 6488 6889

Symposium Schedule

  • Thursday, 20 November:
    • Registration
    • Opening ceremony and book launch - My Story (The Oral History Book I)
  • Friday, 21 November:
    • Keynote speeches
    • Paper presentations
  • Saturday, 22 November:
    • Paper presentations (continued)
    • Poetry reading (Australian poems with Chinese themes)
  • Sunday, 23 November:
    • Excursion to Swan Valley and Caversham Wildlife Park (optional)
The Organizers
The conference will be organized by The Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia, with the assistance of the UWA Westerly Centre and Zhejiang University.

The Venue
The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia, Claremont Campus, UWA.

The Organizing Committee

  • Emeritus Professor Dennis Haskell, Senior Honorary Research Fellow UWA, Deputy Director of UWA Westerly Centre
  • Winthrop Professor Fan Hong, Director of the Confucius Institute of UWA
  • Professor Huang Huaxin, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Zhejiang University
  • Professor Xiao Wen, Deputy Director, Institute of International Economics, College of Economics, Zhejiang University
  • Dr. Wang Yi, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, UWA
  • Professor Jan Ryan, Honorary Professor, Edith Cowan University

For additional information on the Symposium on Overseas Chinese Cultural Identity (Post 1980s), please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Liang Fen at the contact information provided above.