In this edition of the Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast we discuss contemporary China with Dr James Leibold, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
In this discussion with Our Voice’s Martin Dickens, James takes us on a journey from China’s tumultuous republican period in the early 20th century, through the Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping eras, to China as a rising global power in the present day.
Dr James Leibold is a political historian of modern China with specific research expertise on the role of ethnicity, race and national identity in modern Chinese history and society, and the intersections between historical memory and ethnic identity in contemporary China. His 2007 book, Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism, explores the role of the frontier and its indigenes in fashioning the contours, boundaries, and meanings of modern Chinese identity. His current research projects include a critical analysis of the category of “Han” identity in modern China and an exploration of how the Chinese Internet is reshaping identity politics, practice and discourse in contemporary Chinese society. He also teaches two undergraduate subjects—Introduction to Asia: China & India, and Nations and States—offered to politics students at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus and is a regular visitor to the border region.
Podcast interviewer Martin Dickens is a first year Bachelor of Arts student at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga. Having lived in the local region all of his life, Martin is thoroughly interested in Australian Politics and is a founding member of the Politics Awareness Club at the Albury-Wodonga campus. He was formerly the 2009 College Captain of Trinity Anglican College Albury and has been involved in numerous community activities, as well as acting as a United Nations Youth Delegate for Regional Youth Summits.
Dr Leibold’s insights make for fascinating listening for anyone wishing to better understand China, a country rapidly becoming the most important in Australia’s constellation of international relationships.
Please enjoy Dr James Leibold in conversation with Martin Dickens.
The views in this story are those of the author and not necessarily those of Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga.