Performance and Talk | Looking beyond Borders: Japan and China


Asia Society @ Art Gallery NSW

Looking Beyond Borders

Nishikawa Sukenobu: (Girl with koto) post 1716. Woodblock print; chûban tate-e, 26.3 x 17.9 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased 1930

Asia is made up of a rich diversity of cultures and traditions, yet beyond national borders lie many commonalities forged by the movement of people, goods and ideas across the Continent. 

Asia Society AustraliaSumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, the Art Gallery of NSW and VisAsia Council present an innovative program to showcase interconnectedness of Asia through performance and talk retracing the history and development of the Japanese Koto and Chinese Guqin from their common origin.

Presented to senior business, political, education and cultural audience drawn from the partner organisations' networks and the public. This performance and talk will be the first in a series of events examining various elements of a common Asia centred on Japan, through exploration of culture, religion, literature, art and philosophy. 

Date: Friday, 9 March 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Entrance Court, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Dress code: Cocktail, lounge suit or national dress

This event is free for members and guests.

General public: $80.00 (+GST and booking fee)


Ms Garei Nakagawa (Japan)

Satsuki Odamura (Australia)

Tony Wheeler (Australia)

About our speaker:

Warren Reed, Author and former intelligence officer

Warren Reed is an adviser to business and a regular media commentator on matters ranging from cross-cultural trade and the geopolitics of globalisation to the threats that espionage and terrorism pose. He is often called upon to talk about the human side of spying. With a background in secret intelligence and economic reporting and being MI6-trained, Reed is acutely aware of the sorts of challenges that Australians and others face in a “globalised” world.

Born in Tasmania, Reed attended the University of Tasmania, graduating in Political Science and Business Administration in 1972, where he was awarded the University Prize for International Relations. He then went on to study Law at the University of Tokyo as an Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee Scholar.

After completing his studies, Reed joined the Australasia Market Research Advisory Service in Tokyo and spent a short time as a trade consultant with a major Japanese trading house in Melbourne.

Warren was then recruited by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Australia’s equivalent of the CIA. After training with the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the UK, he began a ten-year career in clandestine work. This focused on the Asian region and the Middle East. During his overall work for the government, Reed served in Australian embassies in Tokyo, Cairo and New Delhi, with frequent visits to Indonesia and other Asian countries.

After leaving the public service, Reed worked as Chief Operating Officer of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and for a time, as a consultant at Sydney University’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific.

Reed is a prolific writer having published numerous nonfiction books on Australian foreign policy in Asia, Australian attitudes towards Japan and economic growth in Asia. He has also published two spy novels, Code Cicada (2004) and Hidden Scorpion, (2013).

Reed is a frequent traveller, especially in the Asian region. Having lived in Japan for a total of 10 years, he is fluent in both written and spoken Japanese and has frequently acted as an official interpreter. His other language studies include Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia and Arabic.

Our Arts, Culture and Diversity Programs span across visual art and performance, literature, media, technology, education, and community sectors. These unique partner events examine cultural traditions and expressions, celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and explore a changing Australian society. Run as both public and member only events, this programming stream offers an exciting way to engage with the work of Asia Society Australia.

This event is supported by: 

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Event Details

Fri 09 Mar 2018
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Entrance Court, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000

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Member and guest: Free, Non Member: $80.00
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