Gerry Groot

School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide

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Gerry Groot


Gerry Groot was born in Murray Bridge, and raised in South Australia's South East. After some years working on farms, forest plantations and the like, he 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 a past President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, past Convenor of ICAS9, the International Conference of Asian Scholars held in Adelaide 5–9 July 2015 and active with the ASAA (Asian Studies Association of Australia). He is also interested in soft power, social change in China, Chinese ghost culture, and cookbooks.

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