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Paul Farrelly

Mr Paul J. Farrelly

PhD Scholar

MA (Asia-Pacific Studies) (First Class Honours), Australian National University
Master of Asia Pacific Studies, Australian National University
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), Australian National University
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Australian National University

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Paul J. Farrelly is a historian of religion in Taiwan and China.  He is a contributing editor to The China Story Journal, responsible for Reading into the Past. For more details, please visit or

Other Languages

  • Chinese

Research Interests

  • New Age religion
  • New Religious Movements
  • History
  • Modern Taiwan
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Current Projects

  • C.C. Wang, Terry Hu and a history of New Age religion in Taiwan (dissertation)
  • Religion and locality in the Chinese World
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

Co-founder and editor of ‘Reading into the Past’, a selection of English-language materials relevant to The China Story originally published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, online at:

‘The best job in the world? Taiwan, Australia and working holiday visas’, The China Story Journal, 6 September 2013, online at:

‘Taiwan ‘Action Zen’ on the Mainland’, The China Story Journal, 19 November 2012, online at:

‘Serious Comic’ in ‘Australia’s Asian White Paper: Filling in Some Blanks’, The China Story Journal, 15 November 2012, online at:


‘Huan-ting zen: media and emotional transformation’ in Religion  and  the  Media  in  China:  Faith,  Society,  Politics  and  Law, Travagnin, Stefania (ed), Routledge, upcoming.

‘Terry Hu: Taiwan’s New Age Buddhist’ in Figures of Buddhist Modernity, McDaniel, Justin; Rowe, Mark; Samuels, Jeffrey (eds), University of Hawai’i Press, Hawaii, upcoming.

‘Tainan's Haishan Hostel: renovated but not redundant’ in Pacific and Asian History, vol.1, no.2 (July-February 2013-2014), online at:

‘The New Testament Church in Taiwan and Mount Zion’ in Flows of Faith: Religious Reach and Community in Asia and the Pacific, Manderson, Lenore; Smith, Wendy; Tomlinson, Matt (eds), Springer, Dordrecht, 2012. Online at:

‘Meet number one rockstar monk’, The Punch, 20 February 2012, online at:

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