New Publication: The Irish and China

The Irish and China               

Encounters and Exchanges


Edited by Jerusha McCormack

June 2019  
9781848407213 T-PB, 190pp €19.95/£17.99

9781848407206                         HB, 190pp €29.95/£25.99


About the Book

Since the publication of the first book of essays on Ireland/China relations in 2009, China and the Irish, Ireland has been transformed. Conventionally defined as a small open economy, it is now becoming an open and increasingly global culture. With a welcome message from the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, this collection of essays celebrates four decades of Sino-Irish diplomatic relations. The Sino-Irish Partnership Agreement was formally established on June 22nd 1979.

During the last decade, one which has commemorated the founding events of the Easter Rising of 1916, the notion of who is Irish must now be extended to include about two hundred nationalities. The census of 2011 registered an incredible increase of 91 per cent over the 2002 figure for Chinese migrants to Ireland.

Whether it is China’s ecstatic welcome of Riverdance, Kerrygold butter and the prose of James Joyce, or Ireland’s reinvention of itself through its culture and newly mutlicultural society, these essays demonstrate, often in surprising ways, just how each nation has helped to transform the other.

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About the Editor

Professor Jerusha McCormack is an Irish academic with a long career in the area of comparative cultures and a particular interest in China, teaching for many years at Beijing Foreign Studies University and more recently at Fudan University in Shanghai. She currently lectures for the Chinese Studies MPhil at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author and editor of several publications including China and the Irish: Thomas Davis Lecture Series (published by New Island Books in 2009)and, with John Blair, Thinking through China (2015) and Comparing Civilizations: China and the West (4th edition, 2018).


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