Issue 7
Monday, 22 May 2017
Charles Darwin University
Senior research fellow Dr Benxiang Zeng
Senior research fellow Dr Benxiang Zeng

Scholar to analyse tourism in regional China

By Patrick Nelson

Regional economic development researcher Dr Benxiang Zeng says he will pay close attention to the strengths of regional China’s tourism industry while on a study tour to Sichuan Province during the next two months.

Dr Zeng, an Alice Springs-based senior research fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute, said he would work with staff at Sichuan University in the field of indigenous regional economic development.

“It will be interesting to compare issues that are common to both Central Australia and Sichuan, but also to analyse the differences,” he said.

“There are a few factors we share in common: vast remote areas, and a relatively large ethnic minority who are socially and economically disadvantaged, for example.

“We could learn something from them.”

Dr Zeng said he hoped to strengthen CDU’s links with Chinese academia beyond those that already exist with Anhui Normal University and Hainan University.

“I’ll be working with the Director of the Faculty of Social Development and Western China Development Studies, which may prove to be the start of a long-term partnership at Sichuan University.”

He said the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Haban) had sponsored the study tour with an Understanding China Fellowship.

Dr Zeng begins the study tour this Saturday 27 May.