The 11th Sino-Australian Study International Symposium was held in Beijing from Oct. 31, 2008 to Nov. 2, 2008 jointly by the Australian Australian-Sino Council and the Australian Study Center in Beijing Foreign Studies University and more than 100 scholars and experts from all over the world attended it. Officials from the Australian Embassy to China and the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry also attended it and gave speeches there. An academic monograph award and a translated book award were selected in the symposium. An Australian in China published by Fujian Education Press (FEP) won the laureate of "Translated Book Award". Dr. Claire Roberts, vice president of the Australian-Sino Council presented the award to Dr. Dou Kun, translator of the book. Meanwhile, seven books on Australia published by our press were also on display during the session and they won the attention and praises of the delegates.
[About the Author]
George Ernest Morrison (1862～1920) was an Australian who got his doctor's degree in medicine at Edinburg University in the Great Britain. He was made chief reporter to be stationed in China by The Times in 1897, a post he retained until he resigned in 1912. He then assumed the post of presidential counselor to the Republic of China until his death in 1920. An Australian in China is the only book he formally published. The Cambridge University Press published in 1976 The Correspondence of G. E. Morrison, edited by Mr. Lo Hui-min, a professor of history in Australian National University. It was translated into Chinese in 1986. Morrison stayed in China for more than two decades and was deeply involved in the Chinese politics. He left behind him a great amount of documents, diary, correspondence, photos that are intact, which is a precious legacy for the study of the Chinese modern history from around 1850 to 1920.
[About the Translator]
Dr. Dou Kun was born in 1963 and she got her doctor's degree in history at Beijing University. She is engaged in studying the history of Sino-foreign relations. She is an associate research fellow working now with Beijing Social Sciences, a journal in Beijing Municipal Academy of Social Sciences. She has so far translated or authored books like: Morrison of Peking, Old China through G. E. Morrison's Eyes (3 volumes in a box), Morrison and Modern China from Late Qing to the Republican Period, G. E. Morrison's Journey in Northwest China in 1910.
In 1894, Morrison was just a graduate from a medical college who is bent on adventures and travelling. He borrowed 40 pounds from his mum and began his journey from Shanghai without any knowledge of Chinese. He went upstream and traversed the south west part of China and reached Burmese, a travel that took him nearly half a year. He put this remarkable experience into a book entitled An Australian in China in which he gave a vivid portrayal of what he had seen and heard, like the local conditions and customs, politics and economy, religion and practices in the south west of China in the late Qing Dynasty.
Morrison had become a world-famous journalist for The Times by 1910. At that time, there were as many people who knew this Chinese Morrison as the newspaper's number of circulation. Morrison conducted a half-a-year survey on the west of China and his footprints were left in Henan, Shanxi, Gansu Provinces and Xinjiang Autonomous Region, during which he wrote 12 reports that were run in series in The Times. This served as a window through which the western world was given to know more about the politics, economy, military, folks and culture of the West China. It was really a sensation.