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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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.
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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.
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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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