Chinese Literati Society



With a solemn stance afar from the distortions of extremities, I observe.

With an ardent soul amidst the pages of timeless classics, I wander.


A profound description of the literati spirit by Lu Shiheng in his famous pose, On Literature.

It is perhaps a rational man who is able to calmly discern truths from distortions.

And it would take a passionate man to be able to lose himself amongst the works of great classics before our time.

These seemingly conflicting orientations encompasses the spirit of a Chinese literati.

Whether it is the romantic vibe that incites your creativity to compose heart-striking poetries; or the thirst for knowledge that drives your interest in studying the literati traditions and classic rituals; or perhaps both. You will find your place at the Chinese Literati Society.

Club Aims

  1. To study the different types of Chinese literature. Including: Classical Poetry, Songs of Chu, Han Rhymed Verses, Six Dynasty Parallel Proses, Tang Rhymed Poems, classical writing and vernacular writing.
  2. To Compose and publish literature pieces written in various forms and types.
  3. To Investigate the elegant lifestyles of traditional Chinese literati.
  4. To preserve the elegance and integrity of traditional literati activities and attempt to recreate such activities in the modern context.
  5. To keep record of activities that had taken place and compose articles detailing the operations and meaning behind recreated activities, so that it can be used as reference material for the wider community.
  6. To provide a platform for students of the University of Melbourne or members of the wider community interested in arts and culture to gather and communicate.

Chinese Literati Society
Mailbox 127, 1st floor Union House
The University of Melbourne 3010


You can also sign up through our online club membership form.