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Gerry Groot

Dr Gerry Groot

Adjunct Director

DPhil, University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Adelaide

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Gerry Groot  Born in Murray Bridge, and raised in South Australia's South East, Gerry graduated from Millicent High School and after some years working on farms, forest plantations and the like, the would-be park ranger undertook a BA in history, politics and Chinese at the University of Adelaide. After doing Honours Gerry spent the early-1990s at Shanghai's East China Normal where he experienced the sweet & sour of the liuxuesheng life including appearances in Shanghai Yi Jia Ren (A Shanghai Family) as the only Western good guy and as an extra in Jackie Chan's Drunken Master II. Gerry’s PhD on united front work and China's minor parties and groups which appeared as Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, united front work, corporatism and Hegemony, was launched by Kevin Rudd in 2004. 

Since 1999 he has taught course on Asian studies, the impact of Asian influences on shaping Western societies, Chinese politics, religion and culture.

He is also President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia and Convenor of ICAS9, the International Conference of Asian Scholars to be held in Adelaide 5-9 July 2015

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Dutch

Research Interests

  • The CCP’s United Front work
  • Chinese and Asian soft power
  • Ghost culture
  • Chinese and Asian influences on Western societies and cultures
  • Cultural Security
  • Chinese and other cookbooks
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Current Projects

  • An overview of the CCP’s current united front work
  • The contradictions between the CCP Party-state’s desire for cultural security and wish to extend its soft power influence internationally
  • How beliefs in Qi, Fengshui, ghosts and other ideas shape Chinese culture
  • The Asian West: How Asian Influences have shaped Western culture
  • The evolution of men’s cookbooks
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PhD Students

  • Alan Polson, Confucianism and behavioural psychology
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

‘The Leadership Transition,’ in Geremie R. Barmé and Jeremy Goldkorn (Eds) China Yearbook, 2013 Civilising China (Australian Centre for China in the World, Australian National University, Canberra), 2013


‘A History of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide’, in Nicholas Harvey, et al (Eds) The Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide (1876-2012), University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, (2012)

‘China - South Australia Relations 1836-2011’, Groot G. & Glen Stafford in Purnendra Jain & John Spoehr (Eds) The Engaging State: South Australia’s Engagement with the Asia Pacific, The Wakefield Press, Adelaide, (2012)

‘A Self-defeating Secret Weapon? The Institutional Limitations of Corporatism on United Front Work Effectiveness in 21st Century China’ in Jennifer Hsu and Reza Hasmath (Eds) The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaptation, Survival and Resistance, Routledge, (2012)

‘Soft Power in the Asia-Pacific post 9-11: The cases of China, Japan and India’, Ch 4 in Groot G. & Jain, P. & Patrikeeff, F., Eds Asia-Pacific and a New International Order, New York, Nova Publishers (2006)

Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, United Front Work, Corporatism and Hegemony, Taylor & Francis, New York (2004)

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Updated:  12 May 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World