The New Chinese: How they are changing Australia

Thirty years ago, China was one of the world’s poorest developing countries. During the great Chinese Famine, it is reported that over 30 million people died of hunger. Many Chinese had to escape from China to survive and look for a better life. Thirty years later, China is now the world’s second largest economy. A great many Chinese are going overseas as international students, professional workers and even wealthy investors. What has transpired in the last 30 years that has transformed China so greatly?

Chapter 1 – The new Chinese

I will start by telling my personal story of coming to Australia, and how I’m different from my parent’s generation – which experienced both the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution in China. I will define the ‘new Chinese’ from the mainland of China and illustrate some important aspects about these people that an Australian reader would like to know. I’ll share my motivation for coming to Australia for higher studies, and, what my experience has been.

Chapter 2 – From the Gold Rush to the Property Rush

This chapter begins with a short overview of the different waves of Chinese migrants to Australia, from the Australian gold rush to modern times. By analysing the changing demographics of Chinese migrants in Australia based on their dialects and cultural background, I will try to paint a clear picture of the current Chinese migrants and describe how they are different from the older generations and the descendants from the gold rush.

Chapter 3 – Four generations of change

In this chapter, I will describe the four different generations of Chinese since the establishment of the communist China in stories and historical details. The stories of the Chinese from these four generations will demonstrate the dynamics of changes inside China and their current and future impact on Australia.

Chapter 4 – The Chinese-style democracy

The current political system in China is significantly different from what it was 30 years ago, and significantly different from the western-style democracy in Australia. I will touch on some sensitive but important contemporary political issues in China, which are important to those who wish to do business with China.

Chapter 5 – What do the new Chinese believe?

In this chapter, I will discuss the traditional and modern belief systems in China. This lays the groundwork for understanding the belief of the new Chinese and facilitates dealing with the new Chinese for those who are not familiar with China.

Chapter 6 – How did China get so rich?

In the past 30 years, China has accumulated huge wealth from its own organic development and its export production for the entire world. However, the amazing economic development has been built on significant hidden costs to the environment and society. I will reveal these hidden costs and discuss their long-term impact on China and the world.

Chapter 7 – The Chinese consumer

I will briefly talk about how Chinese consumers and investors spend their wealth, and what Australia could do to really understand Chinese customers and benefit from the increasing opportunities of doing business with the Chinese. I will try to explain why the Chinese buyers are obsessed with Australian properties and how they have pushed the prices to such dizzy heights.

Chapter 8 – The new Chinese in the workforce

The Australian workforce is seeing an increasing number of foreign-born Chinese, particularly in areas such as accounting and IT. They are becoming a significant factor in the Australian workforce as they come out of universities and strive for a better life in their new country. Where are they working and how are they different? What are some issues they wrestle with, and what does this mean for employers and managers? These are the questions I will touch on in this chapter.

Chapter 9 – The new Chinese empire

Does a rising China pose a threat to the world’s safety and freedom? Given the apparent slow-down in the growth rate and skyrocketing property price in Beijing and Shanghai, will the Chinese property-bubble burst and the economy collapse soon? In this chapter, I will provide a brief outlook and my personal view on China’s future in the areas of nationalism, geopolitics and economy.

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