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Brian Hennessy

Brian is an Australian author, educator, commercial consultant, and psychologist who has lived and worked in China for ten years. He now divides his time between both countries.

He has been a special school principal and clinical psychologist in Australia; and a visiting lecturer in Psychology to the Chongqing Medical University in China, and a tutor at James Cook University in Australia.

His publications include, The Sharp End: the trauma of a war in Vietnam (a book about his experiences as an infantryman in the Vietnam War); and psychological research published in Behaviour Change and The Clinical Psychology Review. He has also written about Stress, Anxiety, & Depression for Chinese people; and Traditional Chinese Values and Cultural adaptationfor foreigners.

He writes articles about life in China, and photographs everything he sees. His perspective is bottom-up as well as top-down, and includes commentary on social, cultural, economic, historical, and political matters.

Brian speaks basic Mandarin, travels widely within China, and is integrated into Chinese society. His goal is to help China and the West understand each other. He does this via his connections to government and private enterprise in China, and his publications in both China and the West. His website is dedicated to this effort. See

Brian is married to a mainland Chinese citizen, who is an Assistant Professor of Chinese language and culture.

Author's website: China Australia Consult

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Watching China
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China as a superpower
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Chinese culture, western philosophies, and government
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Chinese people arenít stupid
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Chinese migrant workers' welcome back to poverty
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Misty-eyed westerners need a Tibetan history lesson
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