Leizhou Volunteering Program


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:

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Dashan Chats with ACYA

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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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ACYA Welcomes 2017 National Directors

ACYA National Directors 2017

After receiving a record number of competitive applications, the 2017 ACYA National Executive Committee is excited to welcome the 2017 ACYA National Directors to their appointed positions:

  • Careers Director: James Tang
  • P2P Director: Cormac MacCarthy
  • Education Director: April Liu
  • Business Development Director: Tom Linnette
  • Translations Director: Joanne Tse
  • Media Director: Samantha Jonscher
  • Publications Director: Charlie Lyons-Jones
  • IT Director: Ryan White

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China Road International Conference 2016

ACYA National Education Officer Declan Fry recently spoke to Kate Kalinova, a delegate at the 2016 China Road International Conference.

The China Road conference, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the University of Newcastle, saw speakers and delegates from China and around the world giving panel and paper presentations on the concept of the ‘China Road’ from a range of perspectives, including philosophy, Marxism, economics, politics, society, education, culture, different forms of democracy, and international relations in the Asian Century.

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2017 ACYA-RBS International MBA Scholarship Applications Open

ACYA-RBS IMBA Scholarship

The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and The Renmin University of China Business School (RBS) are proud to announce that applications for the 2017 ACYA-RBS International MBA Scholarship are now open!

The ACYA-RBS International MBA Scholarhip began in 2015 as ACYA’s first scholarship program in mainland China. The Scholarship will provide an ACYA member with a full scholarship over the 2-year degree.

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AGM: ACYA Announces 2017 National Executive Committee


The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) is pleased to announce the conclusion of the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM was held on February 26, 2017. National Committee Executives, Chapter Committee Executives and interested members gathered in more than eight cities to hear annual reports from the 2016 National Executive Committee and to vote for the 2017 National Executive Committee.

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