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Brian Hennessy

Brian Hennessy is an Australian author, educator, and psychologist who lived in China for 13 years. These days, he divides his time between Australia and China.

He has been a special school principal and a clinical psychologist in Australia; and a lecturer in Psychology at the Chongqing Medical University in China. He is also a Vietnam veteran (see his book, The sharp end: My war in Vietnam).

Brian speaks basic Mandarin, travels widely within China, and is integrated into Chinese society. He has written about mental health matters for Chinese readers; cultural adaptation for expatriates; and Chinese society for his countrymen back home.

His book, Get China ready is written for Westerners who want to understand Chinese culture and manage cultural differences.

A more recent book, An Australian in China: Stories from the hinterland is a collection of sketches or snapshots of life in China today. Part autobiography, part travelogue, and part opinion, they offer a boots on the ground view of life in the hinterland that you rarely see on the news.

His latest publication is titled. Chongqing: an introduction.'It's a guide for visitors.

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

Author's website:

A knock on the door
International - 2/08/2019 - 21 comments
On worrying about Chinese people: 2018
International - 8/08/2018 - 9 comments
On worrying about China
International - 2/03/2016 - 8 comments
In China, what is truth?
International - 9/04/2015 - 5 comments
Xi Jinping's plan
International - 1/04/2015
On attracting Asian tourists to Australia
International - 21/03/2014 - 6 comments
Reading the tea-leaves in China
International - 18/03/2013 - 4 comments
Donít mention the Cultural Revolution
International - 30/05/2012 - 3 comments
We live in interesting times
International - 19/03/2012 - 2 comments
Politics and power in China: the endgame
International - 28/02/2012 - 2 comments
China from the inside out
February 2012 Feature - 15/02/2012 - 4 comments
A song and dance in China
International - 6/07/2011 - 3 comments
Will the real China please stand up?
International - 28/09/2010 - 1 comment
Coping with life in China: contradictions
International - 23/09/2010
Watching China
International - 24/08/2010 - 11 comments
China, North Korea and hope
International - 6/07/2010 - 2 comments
Learning about the nuts and bolts of China
International - 31/05/2010 - 3 comments
China: on an accusation of mercantilism
February 2010 Feature - 5/02/2010 - 14 comments
Fushun: small town China
International - 14/01/2010 - 4 comments
China as a superpower
International - 3/12/2009 - 10 comments
Chinese culture, western philosophies, and government
International - 13/10/2009 - 6 comments
A thief, me, and the PSB (Public Security Bureau)
International - 13/08/2009 - 2 comments
Watching CCTV and reading between the lines
International - 27/07/2009 - 3 comments
China in the china shop
International - 16/07/2009 - 9 comments
China: the way it has always been
International - 30/06/2009 - 3 comments
Scratching a living, China reality
International - 16/06/2009 - 4 comments
Chinese people arenít stupid
International - 3/06/2009
Sichuan earthquake. Return to ground zero
International - 21/05/2009
Interesting times in China 2009
International - 29/04/2009 - 3 comments
Chinese migrant workers' welcome back to poverty
International - 9/03/2009 - 1 comment
'Social disorder' on the Tibetan Plateau
International - 25/02/2009 - 1 comment
'Qiongren' - the poor people
International - 11/02/2009 - 2 comments
Earthquake in Sichuan, China: the aftermath
International - 5/02/2009
Misty-eyed westerners need a Tibetan history lesson
International - 27/01/2009 - 16 comments

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