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.

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

Keywords

Asian Cultural Studies, Asian History, Political Science, Political Theory, Religion and Society, Social Change

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Groot,G, 2016, China's Growing Social Inequity Prompts Stronger Social Control, China Brief, XVI, 4, -
2016 Groot,G, 2016, A Foreigner's View on the Contribution of United Front Work to Chinese Socialism, 马克思主义当代中国论丛, 3, 149-156
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

Date Citation
2006 2006, Asia-Pacific and a New International Order: Responses and Options / P. Jain, F. Patrikeeff and G. Groot (eds.), Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY
2004 Groot,G, 2004, Managing transitions - The Chinese Communist Party, united front work, corporatism, and hegemony, Routledge, 29 West 35th St, New York, NY 10001, USA, 1-318

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2017 Groot,G, 2017, The China Story Yearbook 2016 Control, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 276-297
2017 Groot,G, 2017, Cool Japan versus the China threat: Does Japan’s Popular Culture Success Mean More Soft Power?, Palgrave Macmillan
2016 Groot,G, 2016, The expansion of the United Front under Xi Jinping, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 166-177
2016 Groot,G, 2016, The Contradictions of Developmentalism and the Chinese Party-State’s Goal of Ethnic Harmony: the case of Xinjiang, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 35-49
2015 Groot,G, 2015, The United Front in an Age of Shared Destiny, Australian National University Press, Canberra, pp. 128-135
2013 Groot,G, 2013, A self-defeating secret weapon? The institutional limitations of corporatism on United Front work, Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 29-49 10.4324/9780203080139
2013 Groot,G, 2013, The Leadership Transition, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, pp. 22-31
2012 Groot,G, Stafford,A, 2012, South Australia and China, Wakefield Press, Australia, pp. 94-114
2012 Groot,G, 2012, The History of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide, University of Adelaide Press, Australia, pp. 51-80 10.1017/UPO9781922064363.003
2006 Groot,G, 2006, Soft power in the Asia-Pacific post 9-11: The cases of Japan, China and India, Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA, pp. 53-70
2002 Groot,G, 2002, Crises in China and potential dangers for Asia, Nova Science Publishers, 227 Main St, Suite 100, Huntington, NY 11743, pp. 115-136

Report for External Bodies

Date Citation
2015 Malhi,A, Groot,G, Drahos,A, 2015, InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century – Policy Directions Report
2015 Malhi,A, Groot,G, 2015, InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century--Draft Report 2

Internet Publications

Date Citation
2017 Groot,G; 2017; "Chinese students heed call of the party line,”

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

I supervise post graduates over wide variety of  topics, not restricted to my own interests. I welcome all expressions of interest.

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2015 Council Asian Studies Association of Australia Asian Studies Association of Australia China
2013 - 2017 Council Chinese Studies Association of Australia
2012 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 Building
Room Number
6 38A
Org Unit
Asian Studies

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