David Walker grew up in small mining town in South Australia in the post war years. He became an academic in Australian studies, looking at how Australians have perceived Asia over the decades. In his childhood, Asia was thought of as a threatening and exotic place, looming over Australia. But at the same time, there were voices urging Australia to embrace its Eurasian future. Some years ago, David was appointed the Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University. When he took the job, he was almost entirely blind.
The Morrison Government will establish a new and innovative National Foundation for Australia-China Relations to strengthen one of Australia’s most significant bilateral relationships. The National Foundation will be a high profile platform for the promotion of Australia-China ties. It will harness efforts of the private sector, peak bodies, NGOs, cultural organisations, state and federal agencies and the Chinese-Australian community to turbo-charge our national effort in engaging China.
Jade Little, Executive Director said “the ACYD is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and we will use this opportunity to reflect not just on the ACYD itself, but also on the development of the Australia-China relationship over the years”.
“We expect to deliver an engaging Dialogue with many contributions from our alumni cohort, which is set to hit 300 this year.”
“We have an overarching theme of technology, so during the four-day conference we will be considering this theme when approaching each topic during the Dialogue”, Ms. Little said.
This report summarises the ninth ACYD held in Melbourne from 2-5 November. It also tracks our progress towards our ultimate goal: enhancing and cultivating aspirational exchanges between outstanding and diverse Australian and Greater Chinese citizens between the ages of 25-40 years of age. ACYD never before has encountered a time when its opportunity and challenges have been greater in terms of advancing the relationship in a manner that is fundamental to Australia’s future in the region, and how China positions itself regionally and globally.
Neil Thomas is a Research Associate at MacroPolo at the Paulson Institute, where he works on Chinese politics and international political economy. Neil previously worked for The Australian National University, both as a Morrison Scholar at the Australian Centre on China in the World and as a Research Project Officer at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He has also spent time at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Danwei Media, and The Texas Tribune, and has written for various publications. Neil holds a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Earlier this week an inspiring publication was launched which celebrates the Australia-China Council's achievements in fostering people-to-people links during the past 40 years was launched. This event and book launch was at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, with ACYD Board member and 2013 Alumna Cindy Gottinger as emcee.
Meeting ACYD is one kind of fate. Amazing and Fantastic.
ACYD 2018 was diverse and dynamic, which brought macro- and micro- perspectives and created an open and pleasant atmosphere to have in-depth discussions on various and important issues in the past four days. I did not realize how much I enjoyed ACYD until I recalled my endless happy memories with my friends back to China. I strongly recommend that more young talents should join ACYD family to grow people-to-people links between our two countries.
On 24th November 2018, the Australia China Alumni Awards were announced at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel. Lisa Qin, a 2013 alumna of ACYD was awarded winner of the category AIDE – Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award. Congratulations Lisa!