From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1979)

How Isaac Stern influenced  East / West relations through the power of classical music In June of 1979, American virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern visited China as a special guest of the China…


Tiger Year – 2022 Ushers in Courage & Boldness

This fun guide offers the ambitious, at times sobering insight for their animal sign in the Year of the Tiger commencing 1 February. Good luck, good fortune, and good health in the…


COVID – The long term impact is worrying

We calculated the impact of ‘long COVID’ as Australia opens up. Even without Omicron, we’re worried Over the past two years, we’ve learned COVID-19 survivors can develop a range of longer-term symptoms we…

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South Korea & Australia – a relationship renewal long overdue

In a changing region, Australia’s relationship with South Korea has been ignored for too long South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Australia this week comes at a critical point in the relationship…

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Star Wars and Democracy – Lessons

What Star Wars can teach us about the decline of democracy Stefano Buttafoco / Shutterstock David Kenny, Trinity College Dublin and Conor Casey, University of Liverpool Not so long ago, in a galaxy…


Omicron – more economic upheaval ahead?

Omicron and market sell-off: don’t be surprised if there’s more turbulence to come shutterstock. Arturo Bris, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Until the Omicron variant hit the headlines, the signs were that…


Accents matter – new research reveals the bad (and good) news

Here’s why people might discriminate against a foreign accent – new research Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock Shiri Lev-Ari, Royal Holloway University of London If someone asked you to read this text aloud in…


TikTok is revolutionising the music industry

Love it or hate it, TikTok is changing the music industry Kai Riemer, University of Sydney and Sandra Peter, University of Sydney “Tik-a-Tok-a-Who?”, was Adele’s response to her management’s suggestion to promote her…


Wong Kar Wai – The cinema of intimacy

The influence of Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai on global cinema is difficult to overstate. Wong emerged from the creative ferment of the Hong Kong film industry of the 1980s which,…

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