New China Newspeak 新华文体

This lexicon entry consists of the following sub-sections:
  • Introduction
  • New China 新华
  • New Writing 新文体 and Popular Language 大众语
  • Party & Other Eight-legged Essays 党八股
  • Parody & its Enemies 反讽,恶搞,原味
  • The Spring & Autumn Style 春秋笔法
  • New China Newspeak 一言以兴邦,一言以丧邦
  • Faithfulness, Expressiveness & Elegance 信达雅
  •   Introduction 文體五百歲一變,書體五百歲一變
    ——龔自珍《秦漢石刻文錄序》 This essay, originally published in 2012, is a preliminary attempt to describe what, since the 1980s, some Chinese writers have identified as ‘New China Newspeak’.… Read


  • China Heritage, 2016-
  • China Heritage Annual (March 2017-)
  • A New Sinology Reader (forthcoming 2017)
  • The Story of the Stone, with John Minford and Annie Ren (forthcoming 2018)
  • The China Story, 2012-2016
  • China Heritage Quarterly (formerly China Heritage Newsletter), 2005-2012
  • Morning Sun, 2003
  • The Gate of Heavenly Peace, 1995
  • Films Morning Sun, directed and produced by Carma Hinton, Geremie R.… Read

    In Chinese

    This section of my curriculum vitæ lists Chinese-language essays, reviews and books published under the name 白杰明. Highlighted works can be downloaded in PDF format. See also ‘He’s Still Alive’ 他還活著, here.… Read


    China Heritage (including China Heritage, A New Sinology Reader and China Heritage Annual) ‘City of Sadness’, Editorial, China Heritage Annual 2016 (forthcoming 2017) Essays on How to Read, Verdicts, Loyalty, Manhua etc, in A New Sinology Reader (forthcoming 2017) The Gate of Darkness, China Heritage, 4 June 2017 Child’s Play — 1st of June, China Heritage, 1 June 2017 The Double Fifth and the Archpoet, China Heritage, 30 May 2017 Memory Holes, old & new, China Heritage, 29 May 2017 Bathing Baby Buddha, China Heritage, 3 May 2017 顛倒 Downside Up — the art of Lois Conner, China Heritage, 20 April 2017 In the Shade 庇蔭, China Heritage, 4 April 2017 Spring Lustration 脩禊 — a pavilion, a calligrapher and eternity, China Heritage, 29 March 2017 The Dragon Raises its Head, China Heritage, 27 February 2017 The End of the Beginning 元宵, China Heritage, 11 February 2017 The Year of the Rooster, On Eating, Injecting, Imbibing & Speaking, China Heritage, 25 January 2017 The Year of the Rooster, On Seeing, China Heritage, 19 January 2017 The Year of the Rooster, On Reading, China Heritage, 15 January 2017 A Golden Monkey’s Journey to the East, China Heritage, published on 1 January 2017 On Heritage 遺, China Heritage, published on 15 December 2016 ‘The Art of Affinities 藝海因緣, to Celebrate Lois Conner and Zhang Peili 张培力’, 26 August 2016 ‘ANU, Lei Xiying 雷希颖 and an Online Video, a letter to the Vice-Chancellor’, 15 August 2016 ‘Remembering Igor: Our Secret History’, 6 August 2016 ‘Australia and China in the World: Whose Literacy’, 15 July 2011, The Inaugural Annual Lecture of the Australian Centre on China in the World, online at:… Read


    Geremie R. Barmé An Educated Man is Not a Pot: On the University, an online book launched at the Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong on 13 March 2017. China Heritage Annual, with the guest editors William Sima and Yayun Zhu, launched at the Shanghai International Literary Festival on 14 March 2017.… Read

    Geremie R. Barmé

    Editor of China Heritage and co-founder, with John Minford, of The Wairarapa Academy for New Sinology. Born in Sydney in 1954, I went to Canberra to study Sanskrit, Chinese and history at The Australian National University (ANU) in 1972 and then to the People’s Republic of China in 1974.… Read

    China’s Twenty Dreams

    In A Stretch of the Imagination, an oration written for the Australian Centre on China in the World published recently in book form, a former ambassador to China Dr Stephen FitzGerald speaks of how the debate about Australia’s engagement with Asia that started in the 1960s, one that was frequently lead by nationally prominent figures, was ‘put to sleep’ by government fiat under conservative political leadership early this century.… Read

    The China Story and the Chinese Net at Capital M

    On 8 March, the writer and rock musician Kaiser Kuo hosted a conversation at Capital M in Beijing with Geremie R. Barmé, Director of the Australian Centre for China in the World, as part of the Capital Literary Festival.… Read

    Encountering China

    This essay was commissioned as a review of Kin-ming Liu’s edited volume, My First Trip to China: Scholars, Diplomats and Journalists Reflect on their First Encounters with China, Hong Kong: East Slope publishing, 2012.… Read

    Australia-China Agenda 2013

    Update on Australia-China Agenda 2013, 6 September 2013, on the eve of the Federal Election: THE AUSTRALIAN Centre on China in the World (CIW) engages with the public and policy discussion of relations with the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese world more broadly. … Read

    Spiritual Pollution Thirty Years On

    Watching China Watching    The following essay, written in November 1983, appeared in the Australian weekly The National Times in January 1984 under the title ‘China Blames the West for “Cultural Pollution” ’.… Read

    On this Day

    The Australian Centre on China in the World is marking this day, one that some writers call ’35th May’, by screening the 1995 documentary film The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Produced by the Boston-based Long Bow Group, the film has enjoyed critical acclaim, and a measure of controversy, since its debut at the New York Film Festival.… Read

    Tyger! Tyger! A Fearful Symmetry

    Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
    — William Blake By September 2014, some forty-eight high-level Communist Party cadres, military officials and party-state bureaucrats (that is, those ranked at deputy provincial level/ ministry level and higher 副省、副部、副军级以上干部) had been swept up in the vaunted Xi Jinping-Wang Qishan post-Eighteenth Party Congress anti-corruption campaign.… Read

    In Memoriam: Anthony Yu 余國藩

    Anthony C Yu was Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Humanities at The University of Chicago. In his work he sought to reinterpret classical Chinese narratives and poetry in light of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.… Read

    A Year without Pierre

    Today, 11 August 2015, marks the first year since the passing of Pierre Ryckmans, known to most of his readers by the nom de plume, Simon Leys. Pierre Ryckmans was a mentor and inspiration to many students of China, in particular those he taught at The Australian National University from 1970 to 1987.… Read

    Shared Values: a Sino-Australian Conundrum

    The following speech was written as a keynote address for the annual meeting of The Oriental Society of Australia in December 2006, a year before the ouster of the John Howard-led Liberal Coalition Federal Goverment in Canberra.… Read

    CIW: Opening a Building

    The building created for the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) 中華全球研究中心, the founding of which was announced by the then Australian prime minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd, during his George E Morrison Oration of April 2010, was conceived by Geremie Barmé and Benjamin Penny and designed by the Beijing-based architect Gerald Szeto 司徒佐 in collaboration with the noted Canberra architects Munns Sly Moore and the builders at John Hindmarsh Pty Ltd.… Read

    Rock Stands and Mud Washes Away

    Lois Conner, the New York-based landscape photographer, is fond of saying: ‘What takes time, time respects’. As we have trudged around China with her hefty banquet camera, ‘Max’, titanium tripod and hand-made film-holders pursuing joint scholarly and artistic projects, I have often heard her repeat the line.… Read

    2016: The Golden Monkey 金猴, a Year to Remember

    This Year of the Monkey which begins on 8 February 2016 marks the anniversary of a number of significant moments in modern Chinese history. Geremie R. Barmé, Emeritus Professor of Chinese history at the Australian National University, Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World and creator of The China Story Project, reflects on China’s last century and the upcoming year of the Golden Monkey.… Read