‘More cosmopolitan, more lively, more global’ is how the China Daily summed up the year 2016 in China. It was also a year of more control. The Chinese Communist Party laid down strict new rules of conduct for its members, continued to assert its dominance over everything from the Internet to the South China Sea and announced a new Five-Year Plan that Greenpeace called ‘quite possibly the most important document in the world in setting the pace of acting on climate change’. The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control surveys the year in China’s economy, population planning, law enforcement and reform, environment, Internet, medicine, religion, education, historiography, foreign affairs, and culture as well as developments in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control will be launched by Mr Neil Thompson, Former CEO, Velocity Frequent Flyer, Virgin Australia and feature an in-conversation between Ms Linda Jaivin and Professor Luigi Tomba.
LindaJaivin is the author of seven novels, and four works of non-fiction including Beijing and The Monkey and the Dragon, a biography of Hou Dejian that is also an intimate portrait of Beijing pop culture and society in the 1980s and China memoir. She has also published numerous essays on Chinese topics. Her first ‘China novel’, the 2009 A Most Immoral Woman was based on events in the life of the legendary China correspondent G.E. Morrison in 1904, the historical research for which formed the basis of her Morrison Lecture in 2011. Her 2014 novel The Empress Lover, involves Morrison’s contemporary Edmund Backhouse. Linda is also a literary and film translator who has translated the English subtitles for Chinese films including Farewell my Concubine, Hero, The Grandmaster, Forever Enthralled, The Sacrifice, The Lost Bladesman, Hajab’s Gift, Blue Sky Bones and many others. She is co-editor with Geremie Barmé of the 1992 anthology of translations from the Chinese, New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices and has translated numerous oral histories by Sang Ye for various collections and publications, including The Year the Dragon Came (UQP, 1996) which she edited. In her association with the CIW she has been closely involved with the production of the China Yearbook from its inception.
Neil Thompson has over 25 years of experience in the aviation, travel and loyalty sectors in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. During that time he also headed two of Australia's largest loyalty programs, most recently as CEO of Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer. Neil is a currently a non-executive director of Horizon Power and of Smiling Minds and is a strategic advisor to a number of start-up companies. He is one of Australia's few Mandarin-speaking company directors, having worked extensively in both China and Taiwan and undertaken studies at Beijing University. Neil is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Australian Centre on China in the World Advisory Board.