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Barry Li - AFR

“The morning Barry Li woke up with the worst hangover of his life was the moment he realised he no longer belonged in China. It was the day after New Year’s Eve 2010, and the young accountant had been pressured into joining colleagues at the Agriculture Bank of China for a formal dinner involving vast quantities of Chinese liquor.”

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Smith, Michael. “Barry Li on the new Chinese changing Australia”. The Australian Financial Review. July 28 2017. 

Real Estate Talk

Interview with Kevin Turner, “How to Attract Chinese Buyers”, RealEstateTalk, July 21st 2017.

Kevin:  In the last 30 years, China has transformed itself into one of the world’s leaders in political, economic, and social relations. With Australia a hotspot for Chinese immigrants, understanding the cultural nuances – both from an Australian and Chinese perspective – is more important than ever.

In his book The New Chinese, author Barry Li has written an essential guide on the history, culture, and mindset of Chinese migrants in Australia. He joins me to talk about the book and the influences on Australia of having Chinese investors.

Barry, thank you very much for your time.

Barry:  Thank you, Kevin, for having me. It’s a pleasure.

Kevin:  That’s okay. Barry, how do Chinese buyers feel about how we discuss their buying Aussie property impacts on our prices?

Barry:  Well, to answer that, Kevin, I need to divide the Chinese into two groups. One is the group who works here and lives here, permanent residents like myself. We make Australian salaries, so it’s as difficult for us to compete with overseas buyers as any Australian. We would feel the comment is unfair, but we totally understand why – because typical Australians can’t tell the difference.

For the second group, the Chinese from overseas, they don’t care about these comments. These comments won’t stop them from buying, because they don’t read our media or our social media.

They only look at things from Weibo and WeChat, which are largely controlled by property developers, and there’s probably only positive news about investing in Australia, which is the reason they buy here. So, that’s the situation.

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ABC Radio National

Report by Antoinette Lattouf. “Explosion in number of Australian business opening exclusively in China”. The World Today. June 29th, 2017.

“More than 3,000 Australian businesses have set up solely in China to try to meet the growing demand from the country’s middle class for high quality goods and services.

These companies are hoping to capitalise on what’s been dubbed ‘the foreign advantage’, the perception that food and service standards are of a higher quality when they come from Australia.

But there are some cultural barriers to overcome.”

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“CHINA used to copy the world and now the world copies China.

And far from being just a poor communist country, China is now a huge economic force.

That’s according to author Barry Li who said China has transformed itself into a major political, economic and social leader.

Mr Li, who has just released The New Chinese: How They Are Changing Australia said there was more to the Asian nation than most of us realised.

The ‘new Chinese’ are changing Australia because they are more educated, savvy and financially stable, helping to make huge contributions to our way of life, he said.”

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Killalea, Debra. “Chinese in Australia: How we are changing as a country”. July 9, 2017.

Tasmania Times

In the last 30 years, China has transformed itself into one of the world’s leaders in political, economic and social relations. With Australia a hotspot for Chinese immigrants, understanding the cultural nuances, both from an Australian and Chinese perspective, is more important than ever. Your next hire or business deal could depend on it.

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Wiley. “New book ‘The New Chinese: How they are changing Australia'”. Tasmanian Times. 8th May, 2017.