Philanthropy and Asian Cultures Webinar

Join us for this not to be missed chapter wide webinar on Tuesday 23 August.

A three way conversation about how Asian cultures perceive philanthropy, and how best educational institutions can navigate the cultural sensitivities.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 23 August 2022

Timings: 2.00 – 3.00 pm AEST. Please check your local time (1.30 – 2.30pm in Adelaide/12.00 – 01.00 pm in WA and 4.00 – 5.00 pm in New Zealand).

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Cost: Free for members. $ 35 for non-members. 


Colin Taylor, Senior Consultant & Vice-President Asia Pacific for Global Philanthropic

Beck Healy, Development Manager, St Peter’s College Adelaide

Guest Presenter: Professor Mobo Gao, Professor of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide


Professor Mobo Gao, Professor of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide

Professor Mobo Gao is a Chinese-Australian academic who was born and raised in a small Chinese village. The son of peasants, Gao spent the difficult years of the Great Famine foraging for wild plants, collecting night soil, cleaning pigsties and pushing a wheelbarrow before working as a village teacher during the Cultural Revolution.

In 1973, Gao left his village in the Jiangxi province for the first time to undertake studies in English at Xiamen University. He later completed higher degrees in the United Kingdom. Gao has since worked as an academic, including stints as a visiting fellow at Oxford and Harvard universities. In 1990, Gao emigrated to Australia and became a popular lecturer in Asian studies at the University of Tasmania before being appointed as the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide in 2008.

Professor Gao’s research interests include studies of rural China, contemporary Chinese politics and culture, Chinese migration to Australia and Chinese language. Professor Gao’s publications include two books, four monographs and numerous book chapters and articles. One of his books, the critically acclaimed Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China, is a memoir and close study of his home village and how it was impacted by Maoist policies. Gao’s second book The Battle of China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution, is a fascinating study of how the Cultural Revolution has been interpreted and represented, both inside China and in the West.

Professor Gao is currently the Professor of Asian studies at the University of Adelaide and we are privileged to have him join us for what should be an extremely engaging and informative webinar.