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Global Coverage: Investigating China’s Cultural Influence


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Investigate the ever-shifting cultural and political influence of China internationally, as Sally Warhaft sits down with journalist, podcast host and acclaimed author Louisa Lim for the June edition of the Fifth Estate.

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How is the world’s perception of China being shaped by the Chinese government? Recent studies by organisations such as Freedom House have shown an exponential increase in China’s global media footprint, and suggest that the Chinese Communist Party employs tactics of suppression, journalistic engagement, and ‘re-education’ to promote its agenda internationally.

Louisa Lim is a former China correspondent for NPR and BBC, a Stella Prize and Walkley Award-shortlisted author, and a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. In this wide-ranging conversation, Lim will reflect on her journalistic experience and research, discussing the myriad ways in which China wields its power on the global stage – from Beijing to Hong Kong, the US and Australia.


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The Fifth Estate

For in-depth insider analysis of current affairs, it doesn’t get any better than The Fifth Estate. This long-running series, hosted by Sally Warhaft, is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre’s programme, and of public conversation in Melbourne.


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Louisa Lim

Louisa Lim is the author of Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong, which has just been published in the US. It’s been described by the New York Times as a “vivid, loving book”. Her first book The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited (2014), was s... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more


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