ACYA Announces 2018 AGM

The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) is excited to announce details of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2018.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the ACYA National Executive Committee will be held at 10am CST (1pm AEDT) on Sunday, 4 February 2018. Attendance is by linked conference call. Attendance at the AGM is open to all of the National Executive, Chapter Executives, and ACYA members in both countries and is highly encouraged. To reduce the number of connections, ACYA members in the same city or chapter are encouraged to gather in a communal location and share a computer to join the call. To join your local gathering, contact your local chapter president and register your attendance below.

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The Value of Trust and Guanxi

As an ABC, or Australian-born Chinese, I’ve become accustomed to the spectacle of bill squabbling – routinely occurring at the culmination of catch-up or celebratory dinners with a friend’s family. The first indication would be a slight hand movement, typically of my father’s or my friend’s father’s, towards his wallet. In almost choreographed synchrony, the opposing father would match this movement with alacrity, bearing either a wad of cash or a glossy credit card in record time and indignantly exclaiming “Let me pay!”. Acting incensed, the other father would reply, louder: “No, please, let me pay!” Typically, this would last for two to three more rounds with each father further elaborating on his argument as to why he should foot the bill:

“Remember last time you took care of my son when he came over for a sleepover?”

“But you helped my daughter find her tutor during Year 9!”

“No but that was because you introduced us to this nice suburb when we first came to Australia!”.

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Leizhou Volunteering Applications Open

Have you got any New Year’s Resolution? What about joining ACYA’s very first volunteering program in 2018 ?! With the successful collaboration with Leizhou College Students Volunteer Association (LZCVA) on its 2017 English Summer Camp, ACYA is excited to be opening applications for the 2018 Leizhou Volunteering Trip – English Winter Camp.

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ACELS Beijing 2018 Applications Extended !

Applications for the Australia China Emerging leaders Summit (ACELS) Beijing 2018 have been extended until Friday 15th December 11:59pm AEST.

Get your application in now to be part of ACYA’s signature initiative – an unforgettable four days of presentations, workshops, panels, cultural events and networking with industry pioneers, government, leaders and future leaders in this bilateral space.

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ACELS Beijing 2018 Applications Open

ACYA is pleased to announce that the Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS) will be returning to Beijing from 22-25 February 2018.

ACELS Beijing 2018 will be guided by the theme: Broadening the Bilateral: Embracing a New Asian Paradigm – reflecting the unparalleled opportunities and new challenges that come with a region undergoing massive transformation.

Apply here before 15 December 2017 (11:59pm AEST) if you would like to attend.

Before applying, it is essential that you read the ACELS Beijing Delegate FAQ.

Find out more here.

If you have any queries please contact the ACELS Beijing 2018 Project Team at


ACYA and China Australia Millennial Project partner to create AusChina leadership funnel

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.

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FASIC NCP ACYA Participate Competition

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 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.