As part of a new initiative, a spotlight will be put on all the cool things ACYA alumni have been doing to advance the Australia-China relationship. To kick things off, Hayden Wilkinson interviewed Sam Mugford.
I never really know what to do with myself during Christian holidays. I feel a little like Johnny English as I weave through the plastic pine trees and gold tinsel that seems to permeate every Sydney street during Christmas, or like a fraud when I buy Easter eggs not because I’m hiding them for children to find, but because I only had 3 dollars and would get more chocolate for my dollar than if I had bought it in a rectangle.
While Western technology companies gain momentum in a shift to broadcasting real-time social media, most noticeably seen in Facebook and Instagram’s livestreaming functionalities, you may be surprised to know how popular it is in China already. This internet sector, having barely existed three years ago, produced revenues of more than 30 billion yuan ($4.3 billion US) in 2016 and is predicted by investment bank China Renaissance Securities to more than triple by 2020. Just to add perspective, China’s 2016 box office ticket sales were $5.8 billion US.
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The Australia-China Youth Australia (ACYA) has announced that the Australian Chapter of the Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS) will be hosted this year in Melbourne from 27-30 July.
ACYA, in conjunction with the Leizhou College Students Volunteer Association (LZCVA), is pleased to be opening applications for our 2017 Volunteering trip in Leizhou, China. This will be a wonderful opportunity to teach English to middle school students and to experience life in regional China. The trip will take place from the 14th to 20th July 2017, and applications are open to anyone with a passion for sharing Australian culture, the Australia-China relationship and teaching English to children in rural China. Please fill the following to be considered for the trip:
ACYA members Charlie Lyons Jones and Scott Gigante chat to Dashan – the ‘most famous foreigner in China’.
ACYA: I would like to ask you one question… “Da” (大 big) is an adjective and “Dashan” (大山 big mountain) doesn’t really sound like someone’s name, how did you come up with it?
Dashan: Dashan is my stage name. When I first started learning Chinese, my teacher gave me a regular but bookish Chinese name called “Lu Shiwei” (路世伟). But later on in 1988, when I was studying abroad at Peking University, I took part in a sketch on a TV show at a chance. The name of my character in the sketch was “Dashan”. “Dashan” is one of the hottest words in the eighties, it’s similar to the internet slang words nowadays, it was the slang word at that time. I found the name “Dashan” pretty funny, and since it’s a joke, the audience remembered the name.
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Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC) is a Canadian charity founded in 2005.
It is dedicated to providing high school and university educations to impoverished young women from rural regions of Western China through financial sponsorship, personal support and mentorship.
EGRC operates at a grassroots level in poverty-stricken rural regions of Western China.
It has provided financial sponsorship and personal support to 698 girls and young women with their high school and university education, boasting a graduation rate of over 99 percent.
EGRC conducts various programs helping female students education who are living below the poverty line.
Associated with high school and university level respectively including tuition, accommodation, books, basic meals and living expenses.
ACYA has secured some exclusive free tickets for our members to attend Port Adelaide Football Club’s (PAFC) inaugural premiership round AFL match in Shanghai. Tickets are now sold out so this could be your last chance to attend this historic event!
In the lead-up to the recent Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit in Beijing, ACYA invited submissions from its members and attendees of the Summit in regards to the Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper.