About us

1  Yirong Li                  [Cairns & Chongqing]

2  Brian Hennessy    [Cairns & Chongqing]




李老师 Li Laoshi (Teacher Li)

Yirong Li is a Chinese educator who worked in Chongqing for 28 years. She has edited and contributed to many English language texts which have been jointly published by Chongqing University and the Shanghai Fudan University Press. She has carried out research into language teaching.

At the Chongqing Jiaotong University, Ms Li was responsible for the supervision and training of 14 English language teachers. She was in charge of all English courses in that institution, including scheduling and the purchase of textbooks. Her students regularly achieved the highest scores on English language tests in Chongqing. Her rank at this university is Assistant Professor.

She is qualified to teach Chinese language and culture to foreigners. She does this via individual tuition, small group teaching, and workshops for larger organisations. 

Ms Li is also a translator and interpreter. Her native language is Mandarin (putonghua) which is the standard or official language for all of mainland China.

She is also a Tai'chi teacher. 

In brief:

  • Author: Educational publications: articles, books, & research.
  • Assistant professor: Chongqing Jiaotong University. English language. Specialist in teaching Chinese language and culture to foreigners. 28 years experience.
  • Translator & interpreter: English to Mandarin. Mandarin to English.
  • Nationality: Mainland Chinese citizen. Permanent residency in Australia.




布莱恩 Bu Lai En (Brian)

Brian Hennessy is an Australian author, educator, and psychologist who has lived and worked in China for thirteen years. These days he divides his time between both countries.

He has been a special school principal of a school for severely disabled children in Australia, and a clinical psychologist in both Australia and China. He has also been a tutor at James Cook University in Australia; and a visiting lecturer in Psychology at the Chongqing Medical University in China.

His publications include, The Sharp End: the trauma of a war in Vietnam (a book about his experiences as an infantryman in the Vietnam War); and psychological research published in Behaviour Change and The Clinical Psychology Review. He has also written about Stress, Anxiety, & Depression for Chinese people; and Traditional Chinese Values and Cultural adaptation for foreigners. His latest books on China are: Get China Ready: understand Chinese culture – manage cultural differences (a joint publication with Yirong Li), and An Australian in China: stories from the hinterland.

Brian writes articles about life in China, and photographs everything he sees. His perspective is bottom-up as well as top-down, and includes commentary on social, cultural, economic, historical, and political matters.

He speaks basic Mandarin, travels widely within China, and is integrated into Chinese society. His goal is to help China and the West understand each other.

In brief:

  • Author: Publications on China. Publications on Psychology.
  • Educator: In both Australia and China
  • Psychologist: Dip T; BA; M Ed; Dip Psych.
  • Nationality: Australian. Thirteen years in China..







Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in English language. Chongqing Teachers University.
  • Postgraduate studies, Chinese culture, literature, & calligraphy. Southwest University of China.
  • Postgraduate certificate in Mandarin. National Language Committee, Beijing.



  • Chief editor:  English Listening Practice for Technical Secondary Schools. Chongqing University Press. ISBN 7-5624-2917-0. http://www.cqup.com.cn
  • Chief editor:  English Listening Practice for Professional and Vocational Colleges. Shanghai Fudan University press. ISBN 978-7-309-05792-8.
  • Author: (contributing) English Course for Secondary Technical  Schools.1997. Chongqing University Press. ISBN 7-5624-1320-7/H.101.
  • Author: (contributing) English Course for Secondary Technical Schools: Corresponding Exercises. Chongqing University Press. ISBN 7-5624- 2827-8 http://www.cqup.com.cn
  • Author: (contributing) New Century Communicative English Course. Chongqing University Pres. ISBN 7-301-10158-9/H.1584. http://cbs.pku.edu.cn
  • Author: (contributing) Vocational and Professional Technical College English: Strengthen and develop. ISBN 7-5624-2787-9. Chongqing University Press http://cqup.com.cn
  • Author: (contributing) English Listening for Vocational and technical Colleges. ISBN 7-5624-2241-9/H.21. Chongqing University Press
  • Author: (contributing) Modern Nursing English. ISBN 7-5624 -1794 -6/H.145. Chongqing University Press.
  • Author: (contributing) A Concise Chinese – English Dictionary. ISBN 7-5624-1732-6/H.137. Chongqing University Press.
  • Chief editor. Guidelines for Practicing English Examinations: Level B. Shanghai Fudan University Press. ISBN 978-7-309-05906-9

Journal articles:

  • Author: Learning English through Listening and Speaking.
  • Author: An Analysis of the Basic Practice of English Listening
  • Author: How to develop the Practical Ability of Student’s English language.
  • Author: Basic Principles for Teaching English Vocabulary in Professional and Vocational Technical Colleges. 2002. ISBN 7-80624 – 532-0/G.140.
  • Author: A Discussion of  English Teaching Models for Professional and Vocational Technical Colleges. ISBN 7-5367-2664 – 3/G.518 http://www.ynbook.com

Research Projects:

  • Author: A Plan for Teaching Tourism English. 2003.
  • Author: English Courses. 2003.
  • Author: English Courses. 2005.
  • Author: Current: The development of a New Teaching Model. Including: (i) A Teaching Plan for Training Young Teachers in Out of Class Activities. (ii) Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) for Young Teachers. (iii) How to write Grant Applications.




Academic qualifications

  • Diploma in Teaching (Primary & Special Education). Griffith University.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology). University of Queensland. Australia.
  • Master of Education (Developmental Disabilities). University of Oregon, USA.
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology (Post Traumatic Stress) University of Queensland.


  • Hennessy (1985). The New Team Manager. Special Education Bulletin, Vol 27, 2.
  • Hennessy (2009). Culture Shock in China. Chongqing currents, Vol 5, Nov-Dec.
  • Hennessy (2010). Stress. Chongqing Currents, Vol 1, Jan-Feb.
  • Hennessy (2010). Depression. Chongqing Currents. Vol 2, Mar-April.
  • Oei, Lim, & Hennessy (1990). Psychological dysfunction in battle: Combat stress reactions and posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 10.
  • Hennessy & Oei (1991). The relationship between severity of combat exposure and  Army  status on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among Australian Vietnam war veterans. Behavior Change, 8, 30.
  • Hennessy (1997). The Sharp End: the trauma of a war in Vietnam. Allen & Unwin, Australia.
  • Hennessy (2011). (Editor and contributor). Practical English for professional colleges. Volumes 1 & 2. Shanghai Press.
  • Hennessy (2011). Chinese tourism in CairnsBusiness Week Opinion, Cairns Post (Australia). June 1, 2011 
  • Hennessy (2012). Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Modern China. Shanghai Press.
  • Hennessy (2012). Stress: how to manage stress and balance your life. Amazon Kindle eBooks.
  • Hennessy & Li (2013) What do Chinese tourists want? Cairns Post. March.
  • Hennessy & Li (2013) Chinese tourists in Cairns. Cairns Post. August 7.
  • Hennessy (2012). On stress.  Xuebao Chongqing Cheng Shi Zhi Ye Xue Yuan. Vol 1, No 1. (Journal of Urban Vocational College of Chongqing).
  • Zhang, H., Yang, X., Zhang, Y., & Hennessy, B. (2014). Dimensions of Perceived Support for Innovation Scale. A Comparison of Students From Only Child and Multiple Children Families in a Chinese University. British journal of education, Society, & Behavioural science. 4 (5): 633-646.
  • Hennessy (2014). An Australian in China: stories from the hinterland. Amazon Kindle eBooks.
  • Hennessy (2014). Get China Ready. Understand Chinese culture. Manage cultural differences. Amazon Kindle eBooks.
  • Hennessy (2014). Chongqing: an introduction. Amazon Kindle eBooks.
  • Hennessy (2018). Trouble in China: Xi Jinping and the looming collapse. Independent Australia. September 16.
  • Hennessy (2009-2018). A series of articles on ‘Life in China’ (N=32). Published by Online Opinion: Australia’s e-journal of social & political debate. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/ Look under Authors, 'H'. See titles below:-
  1. On worrying about China: 2018. 8/08/2018
  2. On worrying about China: 2016. 1/03/2016
  3. In China: what is truth? 9/04/2015
  4. Xi Jinping's plan. 1/04/2015
  5. On attracting Asian tourists to Australia. 17/03/2014
  6. Reading the tea-leaves in China. 14/03/2013
  7. Don't mention the Cultural Revolution. 30/05-2012
  8. We live in interesting times. 19/03/2012
  9. Politics and Power in China: the endgame. 28/02/2012
  10. China from the inside out.  15/02/2012
  11. A song and dance in China.  6/07/2011
  12. Will the real China please stand up. 28/09/2010
  13. Coping with life in China: contradictions. 18/09/2010
  14. Watching China. 12/08/2010
  15. Understanding China: it's in Australia's national interest. 31/05/2010
  16. China: On mercantilism. 1/02/2010
  17. Fushun: Small town China. 14/01/2010
  18. China's rise: Why worry? 3/12/2009
  19. Chinese culture, western philosophies, and government. 12/10/2009
  20. A thief, me, and the PSB. 13/08/2009
  21. Watching CCTV and reading between the lines. 27/07/2009
  22. China, iron-ore, and Australia. 16/07/2009
  23. China: the way it has always been. 30/06/2009
  24. Scratching a living: China reality. 14/06/2009
  25. Chinese people aren’t stupid. 3/06/2009
  26. Sichuan earthquake. Return to ground zero. 21/05/2009
  27. Interesting times in China 2009. 29/04/2009
  28. Chinese migrant workers' welcome back to poverty. 9/03/2009
  29. 'Social disorder' on the Tibetan Plateau. 25/02/2009
  30. 'Qiongren' – the poor people. 11/02/2009
  31. Earthquake in Sichuan, China: the aftermath. 5/02/2009
  32. Misty-eyed westerners need a Tibetan history lesson. 27/01/2009
  • Radio Mansfield 99.7FM. Interview with Tony Cox. Topic: China. 28/09/2010
  • ABC Radio National: Late Night Live. Philip Adams. Topic: China. (2009)
  • Radio Mansfield 99.7FM. Interview with Tony Cox. Topic: Chinese politics. March, 2012.





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