BA, MA, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Program Convenor of Chinese Studies
Dr Yi Wang is in charge of the Chinese Studies Program at Griffith University, serving as the Program Convenor. He also heads up the English-Chinese Translation Program at the strategically-located Gold Coast Campus. Dr Wang is concurrently a Member of the prestigious Griffith Asia Institute, best known for his research on Australia-China relations.
Dr Yi Wang has had extensive industry experience in a number of areas relating to his teaching and research, including foreign affairs and international media. He had been a Producer with the BBC World Service in London before taking up a leadership post at SBS Melbourne. He had also served in the diplomatic service in Beijing, including stints as a top-level interpreter for national and international leaders.
Dr Yi Wang has written and published in a number of fields, especially international politics (see Griffith Experts). His teaching and research interests include international relations and media, language and translation, Australian foreign policy, Australia-Asia relations, and China’s foreign policy. These are also areas in which Dr Wang supervises PhD and other postgraduate candidates and he would like to welcome more such candidates into his team in the future.
Dr Wang is particularly known for his influential book Australia-China Relations post 1949: Sixty Years of Trade and Politics, which is the only sole-authored and systematic account of political and economic interactions between the two countries, covering the entire span of bilateral history from the immediate postwar years to the present era.
Dr Wang’s teaching has been highly appraised, receiving a series of recognition, including commendations and awards for teaching excellence.
- International relations and media
- Language and translation
- Australian foreign policy
- Australia-Asia relations
- China's foreign policy
Current teaching areas
- English-Chinese Business Communication I (3013LAL)
- English-Chinese Business Communication II (3015LAL)
- English-Chinese Business Interpreting I (3012LAL)
- English-Chinese Business Interpreting II (3015LAL)
- Australian Foreign Policy and Australia-Asia Relations (in preparation)
- Asian Society and Culture (China series being planned)
Research supervision areas
International relations and media, language and translation, Australian foreign policy, Australia-Asia relations, China's foreign policy.
- 1949 Nian Yilai de Ao Zhong Guanxi 60 Nian Maoyi yu Zhengzhi (2014), Social Sciences Academic Press.
- Australia-China Relations post 1949: Sixty Years of Trade and Politics (2012), Ashgate Publishing.
- Yi Wang, “When a Rising Giant Tries to Smile: explaining the quixotic quest of China’s media diplomacy in Australia and beyond”, in Jia Gao, Catherine Ingram and Pookong Kee eds. Global Media and Public Diplomacy in Sino-Western Relations, Routledge, 2017, pp. 126-142.
- Yi Wang (first author), with Fujian Li, “Canberra’s Dilemma over the AIIB Initiative and Australia’s Foreign Policy Choice between China and the United States”, in Changsen Yu ed. Annual Report on the Development of Oceania: China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative and the South Pacific Countries, Social Sciences Academic Press, China, 2015, pp.146-162.
- "Chixu Fazhan de Bodong: Zhong Ao Guanxi Jinkuang" in C. Yu, C. Chang and X. Wang (eds.), Dayangzhou Fazhan Baogao 2013-2014 Blue Book of Oceania (2014) Social Sciences Academic Press, pp. 214-230.
- "Before They Joined Hands: Australia's pre-1972 policy towards the PRC", in C. Yu (ed.) Historical Experience and Latest Developments in Sino-Australian Relations (2013), Sun Yat-sen University Press, pp. 18-39.
- "Has Chinese IR Progressed?", in S. Chan, P. Mandaville and R. Bleiker (eds.) The Zen of International Relations: IR Theory from East to West (2001), Palsgrave, pp. 244-248.
- Wang Yi (first author), with Fujian Li, “Australia Joining AIIB: A Choice of Interests”, Contemporary World, Issue 5, (2015), 38-40.
- "Foreword on the 40th anniversary of Sino-Australian diplomatic relations" (2012) Journal of Australian-China Affairs, Vol. 2, 10-11.
- "Review of Lachlan Strahan’s Australia’s China: Changing Perceptions from the 1930s to the 1990s" (1998) Pacific Review, Vol. 11, 446-448.
- "Born with a Historical Mandate, Maturing with Confidence" (1992) Foreign Affairs Journal.
- "China’s Reform: Progress and Initiatives" (1992) Foreign Affairs Journal, 1-5.
- "China’s Relations with the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union" (1992) Foreign Affairs Journal.
- "Europe in Search of a New Order" (1992) Foreign Affairs Journal, 45-51.
- "Assessing the Prospects for a Political Settlement of the South African Issue" (1991) Foreign Affairs Journal, 55-60.
- "Broad Prospects for China's Relations with ASEAN Countries" (1991) Foreign Affairs Journal, 20-25.
- "Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms" (1991) Foreign Affairs Journal, 51-56.
- "Review and Preview of the World Situation" (1991) Foreign Affairs Journal, 8-12.
- "The International Situation and a New International Order" (1991) Foreign Affairs Journal, 19-25.
- "1990s - A Decade of Transformation of the World Order" (1990) Foreign Affairs Journal, 15-20.
- "China's Economic Rectification and Sino-US Economic and Trade Relations" (1990) Foreign Affairs Journal, 4-8.
- "German Unification and US-Japanese-German Tripartite Relations" (1990) Foreign Affairs Journal, 10-16.
- "The Geneva Accords and the Situation in Afghanistan" (1990) Foreign Affairs Journal, 58-63.
- "Developing Friendly Sino-Indian Relations of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence" (1989) Foreign Affairs Journal, 64-70.
- "Kampuchea: Towards a Proper Solution" (1989) Foreign Affairs Journal, 57-61.
- "Sino-Soviet Relations: Past, Future and Implications" (1989) Foreign Affairs Journal, 22-26.
- "The Adjustment and Development of China's Foreign Policy in the 1980s" (1989) Foreign Affairs Journal, 8-13.
- "The US, the USSR and the Berlin Crises: Perceptions and Motivations" (1989) Paradigms (Global Society), Vol. 3, 58-77.
- "How Smart is China's Media Diplomacy in Australia?" (2012) Melbourne Conference on China: Global media and public diplomacy in Sino-Western relations.