This year Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast Suns made history by playing the first Australian Football League match in Shanghai, China. ACYA’s Cormac Power spoke with Andrew Hunter, Port Adelaide’s China Manager, about the power of sports diplomacy.
Addressing lack of Asia-readiness within Australia’s business community
The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) have announced a partnership aimed at building the capacity of Australian CEOs and business leaders to engage with Asia, through the deepening of essential cross-border connections and expertise.
Jointly supported by the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), ten lucky New Colombo Plan students and Australia China Youth Association (ACYD) members will be sponsored to attend the Fifth FASIC Conference 2017, from 1-3 November 2017 at Jiangsu Normal University in Xuzhou.
Participants provided a 300-word comment on the theme of one of the below topics in relation to the Australia-China youth space (in English).
What impact does transnational connectivity have on Australia-China relations?
What is the relevance of transnational connectivity in the current world?
Essays should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 17th. The result will be released on October 20th on Australia Global Alumni: China’s LinkedIn page and the winners will be notified via email.
The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) is pleased to announce that the Australian Embassy Beijing, as part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP), has provided a grant of $7,600 (35,500RMB) to help support a variety of ACYA’s initiatives in China.
The grant has supported four projects. The first was the ACYA Volunteering trip in Leizhou, China which took place from the 15th-25th July. The trip supported selected ACYA members and NCP students to travel to Leizhou to create closer interpersonal connections between Australia and China. Volunteers stayed with youths in the community and taught English classes to high school students, being immersed in the local culture of rural China, whilst promoting Australian culture.
In the end, everyone has their own objectives in participating in a volunteer program but whether it be learning Chinese, learning and assimilating into Chinese culture, forging lifelong friendships across the seas or even teaching a few more people about what Australia is really about- I think this trip has satisfied all of that, and everything beyond.
The grants are also supporting ACYA’s regional chapters to put together guides to their cities for prospective Australian students and New Colombo Plan scholarship and grant recipients. “The cities of Wuhan, Chengdu and Guangzhou all offer excellent academic and immersion opportunities that challenge Australian students to engage with another side of China outside Beijing and Shanghai”, said Chloe Dempsey, ACYA’s China General Manager, who previously spent six months in regional Sichuan.
Other projects include an ongoing program of collaboration between the ACYA and Educating Girls of Rural China, as well as support for tours to art galleries in Beijing.
The New Colombo Plan is a major initiative of the Australian Government that aims to facilitate greater understanding between countries in the Indo-Pacific region. As such, ACYA is incredibly grateful for the government’s ongoing support of the organisation’s activities.
China General Manager
ACYA is pleased to announce that in 2018 the China iteration of the Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS) will once again be held in Beijing! We are now calling for applications to be on the project team to deliver the pre-eminent youth conference supported by the Australia China Council. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your event management skills and networks.
The Chinese are domain savvy. No, this isn’t in response to another complaint by a beleaguered politician that Chinese investors are buying up Australian property and inflating prices state-wide. It’s a little harder to visualise, but my article, the one you’re reading right now, the one you may have typed an address into your URL bar to access, exists within a different kind of domain. A domain that all Internet web pages exist inside. A ‘TLD’, a.k.a. Top Level Domain.
ACYA is offering 3 scholarships to study at the National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Centre (NTNU MTC) during their Winter Term (Dec 1, 2017 – Feb 27, 2018).
This is a fantastic opportunity for ACYA members to continue their Chinese language and culture studies in one of Taiwan’s most prestigious educational institutions. MTC has drawn participants from around the world, including former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
On the 17th of August, I arrived in Yangzhou, to a conference that would pivot my understanding of relationships in the Asia Pacific. It was the MODEL APEC, and before all the nerves, excitement and joy that were to come, a feeling of severe under-qualification was the first emotional order of the day. The students who came from around China had won multiple competitive rounds; their knowledge of APEC and diplomatic eloquence of speech had been tried and tested. Meanwhile, I slipped through the doors with a reserved ticket for ACYA members. Never mind though, because, on the second-day corporate clothes, chandeliers, a big horseshoe table, and cameras that moved across the ceiling filled me with a buzz that was enough to steal my attention from myself.
Economists and business people alike have been hailing praise for the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) since it was ratified in late 2015. The free trade agreement is set to reduce tariffs on Australian exports to China as a way of trade liberalisation designed to benefit both countries. Essentially under the agreement, it has become cheaper for Australian businesses to sell in China and cheaper for Chinese consumers to buy Australian products.
See what ACYA alumni have been doing to advance the Australia-China relationship. Hayden Wilkinson interviews Scott Gigante as he prepares to head off to Yale University.