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Dr Delia Lin

Telephone +61 8 8313 5938
Position Lecturer
Fax +61 8 8313 3772
Building Kenneth Wills Building
Floor/Room 6 39a
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Asian Studies

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Biography/ Background

Delia Lin has studied engineering, linguistics and applied linguistics at a leading Chinese university and gained her PhD in Humanities (political culture) at Griffith University, Australia. She is devoted to a cross-disciplinary approach to research. Her research passion lies in the nexus between politics, culture, society, language, philosophy and psychology. Her research centres on the journey of words and political thought, cross-cultural civilising processes, discourse, attitude towards and treatment of mental illness, emotions and socialisation of ideas. She teaches Chinese, translation, Chinese and Western Thinking.


Doctor of Philosophy

School of Humanities (political culture), Griffith University


M.A (by research)     Applied Linguistics

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China


B.A. (with thesis component)  Linguistics

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China


NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters, Australia) accredited Translator (Chinese <->English, both directions)


NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters, Australia) accredited Interpreter (Mandarin <->English, both directions)


Awards & Achievements

2015                Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award


2009                Dean’s Academic Excellence list, Griffith Graduate Research School


2008                2008 Individual Teacher Award Commendation

                        Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching

                        Griffith University


1994, 1990      Han Suyin National Young Translators Award, 

Translators Association of China


1990                First Prize, English/Chinese Translation Competition of Hubei Province, Translators Association of Hubei Province & Hubei People’s Broadcasting Station




Current Projects



(Contracted) Civilsiing Citizens in Post-Mao China: Understanding the Rhetoric of Suzhi, Routledge.


Book Chapters

(In Press) "High Justice Versus Low Justice: The Legacy of Confucian and Legalist Notions of Justice", in Sapio, F et al (eds.), Justice: The Chinese Experience, Cambridge University Press.


(Contracted) "The CCP's Exploitation of Confucianism and Legalism" in Lam, W (ed.)., Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, Routledge.


Refereed Articles and Chapters


Lin, D. 2012 "Working to be Worthy - Shame and Confucian Technology of Governing", in Andrew Kipnis (ed.) Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche, Palgrave MacMillan.


Lin, D. 2012 "Increasing Cultural Flexibility: A Psychological Perspective on the Purpose of Intercultural Educaiton", in Xianlin Song & Kate Cadman (eds.) Bridging Transcultural Divides: Asian Languages and Cultures in Global Higher Education, University of Adelaide Press.


Keane, M & Lin, D. 2001 “Patriotism Is Not Enough: Chinese Intellectuals and the Knowledge Economy”, Asia Pacific Media Educator, Issue No. 11, July-Dec. 2001.


Book Review


Lin D. 2003 Review of B. Bakken The Exemplary Society: Human Improvement, Social Control, and the Dangers of Modernity in China (2000) Oxford: Oxford University Press. Asian Studies Review, December 2003, Vol. 27, no. 4.


Book and Dictionary


1997 (with X. Wang) Gems of American Prose of Today---with Chinese Translations and Commentaries, Wuhan: Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press.


1997 (with E. Cheng et al) A Practical Chinese-English Dictionary for Scientists, Beijing: Higher Education Press.


Working Papers


Lin, D. 2015, “Political Philosophy of Xi Jinping: Consistency in his Inconsistencies”, paper presented to China Briefing, 29 April, 2015, Confucius Institute of The University of Adelaide.


Lin, D. 2014, “The Political Philosophy of Suzhi”, paper presented to ANU China Seminar Series, 6 November, Canberra, Australia.

Lin, D. 2014. “Confucianism, Political Ideology and Notions of Justice”, paper presented to workshop Justice: The China Experience, 10-11 July, Gold Coast, Australia.


Lin, D. 2013. “Shaping Aspirations: Xi Jinping's Political Ideology - the China Dream”, paper presented to the Griffith Asian Institute (GAI) China Group Workshop, 25 November, Brisbane.


Lin, D. 2013 “China’s New First Lady”, April 18th, 2013, East Asia Forum.


Lin, D. 2010 “The Cultural Dilemma of a Knowledge Society in China: The Case of 'Education for Quality' (Suzhi jiaoyu)”, Regional Outlook, Griffith Asia Institute, Brisbane, Vol. 24.


Conference Presentations


Lin, D. 2015, " Notions of Justice: A Comparative Cultural Analysis", paper presented to the 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science, 20-23 July, Adelaide.


Lin, D. 2015, "Problematising Confucian and Legalist Notions of Justice", paper presented to the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 9), 5-9 July, Adelaide.


Lin, D. 2013, “Liberal Education in China: a Case of Amerinese Dream?”, paper presented to the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) 13th Biennial Conference, 9-11 July, Tasmania.


Lin, D. 2010 , "Working to be Worthy - Shame and Confucian Technology of Governing", paper presented to the ANU China Institute Signature Conference Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche, 16-17 August.


Lin, D. 2010 “Developing University Students’ Cultural Flexibility: Towards a Framework”, paper presented to Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 18th Biennial Conference: 5-8 July, Adelaide.


Lin, D. 2009  “Amnesia and Memory: Does Classical Ideology Matter?”, paper presented to Chinese Studies Association of Australia 11th Biennial Conference: 9-11 July, Sydney.


Lin, D. 2007 “The Wenming-Suzhi-Hexie Shehui Continuum: The Logic of Defective Citizenship in China”, paper presented to Chinese Studies Association of Australia 10th Biennial Conference: 27-29 June, Brisbane


Keane, M & Lin, D. 2001 “Intellectuals and Nationalism in China”, Paper presented to the Governance and Justice 2001 Conference: 9th-11th July Griffith University, Nathan Campus.


Translation Publications


2000 (Sang Ye) "Chinese Dreams on Paper: Exploring the 'Virtual Reality' of China's Futures", in Beyong the Future: Papers from the Conference of the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery Publications, Brisbane, 2000. (with Sue Trevaskes).


(State Education Commission of the People's Republic of China) "History Teaching Guidelins for Full-time Junior High Schools in the Nine-year Mandatory Education", in Chinese Education Society: A Journal of Translations, vol. 32, no. 6, November/December 1999, pp. 21-39. (with Amy Shih and Patrick Chan).

Professional Interests

2009 Advanced Workshop in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy conducted by Dr. Russel Harris

2008 Introductory Workshop in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy conducted by Dr. Russel Harris

2007 Mental Health First Aid Course



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