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Dr Gerald Groot

Gerald Groot
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

Gerry has long been interested in Chinese politics and political history and is well known for his work on the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work, particularly with China's so-called democratic political parties. He is also interested in the place of ghosts in Chinese culture, aspects of religion and Western understandings of Chinese food. Other interests include how Asian influences have helped shaped other societies, the role of culture in social and political interaction and social change. More tangentially, he also sometimes works on the nature and history of cookbooks, including those aimed at teaching men how to be men in the kitchen. The use of cookbooks and the transmission of Chinese cooking is another interest though he has never used any recipes from his hundreds of Chinese cookbooks to actually cook a meal.

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Dr Gerald Groot

Gerry has long been interested in Chinese politics and political history and is well known for his work on the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work, particularly with China's so-called democratic political parties. He is also interested in the place of ghosts in Chinese culture, aspects of religion and Western understandings of Chinese food. Other interests include how Asian influences have helped shaped other societies, the role of culture in social and political interaction and social change. More tangentially, he also sometimes works on the nature and history of cookbooks, including those aimed at teaching men how to be men in the kitchen. The use of cookbooks and the transmission of Chinese cooking is another interest though he has never used any recipes from his hundreds of Chinese cookbooks to actually cook a meal.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research generally revolves around aspects of the Chinese Communist Party and how it relates to many groups outside its normal ambit using united front work, Such work involves not only the eight  so-called democratic parties but also religious believers, Overseas Chinese, recent emigrants, students studying abroad and the new classes of professionals emerging as a result of economic reform, opening up and globalisation, Other interests include the role of corporatism, social change, religious belief, nationalism and soft power, the latter also relating to united front work.

Other areas of interest involve Asian Influences on the rest of world from ancient times until the present, the role of food and cookbooks, and representations of masculinity in men's cook books.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2014 Head of Department University of Asian Studies
1999 Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write and understand spoken
Dutch; Flemish Can read, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
University of Adelaide Australia PhD

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Wang, R., & Groot, G. (2018). Who represents? Xi Jinping’s grand united front work, legitimation, participation and consultative democracy. Journal of Contemporary China, 27(112), 569-583.
DOI
2018 Groot, G. (2018). The Rise and Rise of the United Front Work Department under Xi. China Brief, 18(7).
2017 Groot, G. (2017). United Front Work after the 19th Party Congress. China Brief, 17(17).
2016 Groot, G. (2016). 一位局外人看统一战线工作对中国社会主义的贡献. 马克思主义当代中国论丛, 3, 149-156.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). China's Growing Social Inequity Prompts Stronger Social Control. China Brief, XVI(4).
2012 Groot, G., & O'Brien, R. (2012). The Chinese Communist Party's united front work with the legal profession. Hong Kong Law Journal, 42(3), 939-969.

Books

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2018 Groot, G. (2018). Cool Japan versus the China threat: Does Japan’s Popular Culture Success Mean More Soft Power?. In K. Hashimoto (Ed.), Japanese language and soft power in Asia (pp. 15-41). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
DOI
2018 Groot, G. (2018). Precarious Wealth: The Search for Status and Security. In J. Golley, & L. Jaivin (Eds.), China Yearbook 2017 Prosperity (pp. 148-169). Canberra: Australian National University Press.
2017 Groot, G. (2017). Making the World Safe (For China). In L. Jaivin, & J. Golley (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2016 - Control (pp. 278-294). Canberra: ANU Press.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). The expansion of the United Front under Xi Jinping. In Davies, Gloria, Goldkorn, Jeremy, & Tomba, Luigi (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2015 Pollution (1 ed., pp. 166-177). Canberra: ANU Press.
2016 Groot, G. (2016). The contradictions of developmentalism and the Chinese party-state’s goal of ethnic harmony: the case of Xinjiang. In C. Andressen (Ed.), China's Changing Economy: Trends, Impacts and the Future (1 ed., pp. 35-49). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
2015 Groot, G. (2015). The United Front in an Age of Shared Destiny. In G. Barme, L. Jaivin, & J. Goldkorn (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2014 Shared Destiny (pp. 128-135). Canberra: Australian National University Press.
2013 Groot, G. (2013). The Leadership Transition. In G. R. Barmé, & J. Goldkorn (Eds.), China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China (pp. 22-31). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University.
2013 Groot, G. (2013). A self-defeating secret weapon? The institutional limitations of corporatism on United Front work. In J. Hsu, & R. Hasmath (Eds.), The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaption, survival and resistance (1 ed., pp. 29-49). United Kingdom: Routledge.
DOI Scopus2
2012 Groot, G. (2012). The History of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide. In N. Harvey, J. Fornasiero, G. McCarthy, C. Macintyre, & C. Crossin (Eds.), A History of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide 1876-2012: Celebrating 125 Years of the Faculty of Arts (1 ed., pp. 51-80). Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
DOI
2012 Groot, G., & Stafford, A. (2012). South Australia and China. In J. Spoehr, & P. Jain (Eds.), The Engaging State: South Australia's Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region (1 ed., pp. 94-114). Australia: Wakefield Press.
2006 Groot, G. (2006). Soft power in the Asia-Pacific post 9-11: The cases of Japan, China and India. In P. Jain, F. Patrikeeff, & G. Groot (Eds.), Asia-pacific and a new international order: responses and options (pp. 53-70). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
2002 Groot, G. (2002). Crises in China and potential dangers for Asia. In P. Jain, G. O'Leary, & F. Patrikeeff (Eds.), Crisis and conflict in Asia - local, regional and international responses (pp. 115-136). 227 Main St, Suite 100, Huntington, NY 11743: Nova Science Publishers.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2015 Malhi, A., Groot, G., & Drahos, A. (2015). InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century Draft Report 2.
2015 Malhi, A., & Groot, G. (2015). InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century--Draft Report 2.
2015 Malhi, A., Groot, G., & Drahos, A. (2015). InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century – Policy Directions Report.

Internet Publications

Year Citation
2018 Groot, G. (2018). China’s United Front Work: Propaganda as Policy. The Diplomat.
2018 Groot, G. (2018). Understanding the Role of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations in United Front Work. Jamestown Foundation China Brief.
2017 Groot, G. (2017). The Long Reach of China's United Front Work. Lowy Institute.
2017 Groot, G. (2017). "Chinese students heed call of the party line,”. The Australian.

2016 $20,000 Australian Centre for China in the World, for a workshop on The Role and Nature of Conspiracy Theories in China

2015 With Amrita Malhi, $96,500,000 State Government of South Australia, InterculturAdelaide Special Event, part of International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference, July 7 2015 Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.

2006  $50,000 ARC grant for the ARC ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network Signature Event for 2008, Globalising Religions and Cultures in the Asia Pacific.

2002 $20,000 UA Learning and Teaching Development Grant, Assessing Key Skills of First Year Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with Sandra Taylor (UA Geography)

Gerry Groot teaches across a variety of Asia-related social science courses for the Department of Asian Studies. These include:

ASIA 1103 Asia & the World (how Asian influences have shaped the world over the millennia)

ASIA 1104 Negotiating Asia: Surviving Cultural Difference ( Key elements of Chinese and Japanese culture, how to identify them and understand their significance) This course is notable for its use of audio visual materials and focus on behavioural analysis.

ASIA 2007 Asia: Cultures & Identities (Examines the fundamentals of culture as they shape identities at national and macro levels in China and Japan)

ASIA 2022 China Today: Politics & Governance ( The how and why of rule by the CCP -Party-state)

Others as required

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Co-Supervisor Living and Dying as Migrants in Meiji Japan (1868-1912): Bridging Japan and the West Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Toshiki Asakura-Ward
2016 Co-Supervisor The New Era of Asian-African Relations: Japan, China, and India clash of the African Continent Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Brittany Lynn Morreale
2014 Co-Supervisor Post Fukushima discourse of Japanese Modernisation through Michiko Ishimure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Maki Hammond

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Port Adelaide Football Club in China: A Case for an Intercultural Approach to Public Diplomacy? Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Andrew Sloan Hunter
2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor China's Free Trade Agreement Diplomacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yang Li
2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Public participation in Japan's nuclear energy policy-forming process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Philip Christopher White
2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor A Future to Pine for: Transmodernist Movement in Japan Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Steven Michael Attwood
2009 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Media Transparency in China: A Critique of the Party-State Rhetoric and Market Discourses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Baohui Xie
2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Chinese Urban Community Construction as a Grassroots Governance Strategy: Social Capital with Chinese Characteristics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Min Zhao
2008 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Forecasting China's Future: Experts and Uncertainty Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Roger Irvine
2007 - 2014 Principal Supervisor What Maketh the Man? Towards a Psychobiographical Study of Lin Yutang Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Roslyn Ricci
2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Textiles of the Han Dynasty & Their Relationship with Society Master of Arts Master Full Time Mrs Heather Leigh Langford
2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Japan's Response to the Rise of China: Implication for Regional Institutions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joel Rathus
2003 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Unexpected Transformations of Chinese International Students in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Glen Stafford
2002 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Racing to the Bottom or Winners All Round? Southeast Asia's Economic Development in the 1990s Master of Arts Master Part Time Ms Lin Siah

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 - 2017 Member 4th Biennial Colloquium of LCNAU Organising Committee University of Adelaide Australia
2015 - ongoing Council Asian Studies Association of Australia Asian Studies Association of Australia China
2013 - 2017 Council Chinese Studies Association of Australia
2012 - ongoing Board Member Australian Centre for China in the World Australian National University Australia
Position
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Phone
83134312
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Kenneth Wills, floor 6
Room Number
6 38A
Org Unit
Asian Studies

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