Alice Ma

I am an advisor to the Wushu & Tai Chi NSW Committee of Management. I have only been learning and practising Tai Chi and Qigong for a short period of time and have discovered the immense health and social benefits of practising these arts. I therefore welcome any opportunity to contribute to the furthering of the practice and the growth of Wushu Council Australia through my work at the NSW State Association helping with documentation.

Lanna Leung, Communication Officer

I came to learn about Tai Chi and Qigong in 2013 when my employer started its first staff lunch time Tai Chi session in Health Awareness week.  I found the Tai Chi moves amazing and fell in love with it.  Since then, I have learnt a number of different forms, including Fan and Sword.  I enjoy it very much and practise regularly.

As the Communication Officer, I help disseminate information on seminars, workshops and conferences organised by our Association. 

The Grandmaster of Snow: Martial Arts, Particle Systems and the Animist Cinema

Journal of Chinese Cinemas

Volume 12, 2018 – Issue 1

Pao-Chen Tang

Pages 92-110 | Published online: 11 Jan 2018


By looking at selected sequences from Wong Kar-wai’s 2013 The Grandmaster in which characters, especially Gong Er (played by Zhang Ziyi), interact with the ubiquitous falling snow created by particle systems, this essay argues that the film’s effects work visualizes the invisible flow of energy in traditions of Chinese visual culture, medicine and martial arts – all prominent or related motifs in the film’s narrative. Moreover, such energy gets to be envisaged because of the very medium of the particle system, with its ideology closely related to a worldview based on animism and animation. Growing out of Wong’s use of visual effects – specific to the cultural-historical context of the film – and the animist concept behind its technology, I offer a relational perspective for contemporary studies of visual effects to conceptualize the interactions between martial arts actions performed in front of the camera and digital work in the postproduction stage.

About the Author

Pao-chen Tang studies in the joint doctoral program of Cinema and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research revolves around nonhuman entities in the cinema, especially landscapes and animals. His essay on dogs (and hot dogs) in early cinema received the 2015 Domitor Student Award and was published in Early Popular Visual Culture.


Chinese New Year Celebration at Western Sydney University

February 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring your family and friends and join Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) to celebrate the
2018 Chinese New Year!

Enjoy fascinating stories of the Australia-China experience from
our cultural ambassadors; 

Have lots of fun with Sydney’s Lion Dancers;

Win a prize in the Chinese Riddles Competition;

Try Chinese brushwork and take home your own happy calligraphy.

Please RSVP HERE by 22 February 2018.

Chinese New Year Festival in Chatswood

Willoughby City Council invites everyone to the annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney.

The Festival, hosted by Willoughby City Council and the Chinese Cultural Centre NSW, starts at 10.00 am on Saturday 24 February and  will include a Welcome Ceremony at 11:00 am, followed by spectacular Dragon and Lion Dances in Chatswood Mall.

This year’s entertainment program includes a Chinese Kung Fu, magic show, acrobatics, folk dances and much more. A variety of market stalls selling arts, craft and delicious Chinese food will line Chatswood Mall from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, against the backdrop of colourful New Year decorations.

For more details: