Australian cities and states – the pronunciation of their names in Mandarin

In this video, let’s talk about the states and major cities in Australia 澳(ao)大(da)利(li)亚(ya)- their names in Chinese Mandarin:

  • Sydney – 悉(xi)尼(ni) – New South Wales – 新(xin)南(nan)威(wei)尔(er)士(shi)
  • Melbourne – 墨(mo)尔(er)本(ben) – Victoria – 维(wei)多(duo)利(li)亚(ya)
  • Brisbane – 布(bu)里(li)斯(si)班(ban) – Queensland – 昆(kun)士(shi)兰(lan)
  • Perth – 珀(po)斯(si) – Western Australia – 西(xi)澳(ao)
  • Adelaide – 阿(a)德(de)莱(lai)德(de) – South Australia – 南(nan)澳(ao)
  • Darwin – 达(da)尔(er)文(wen) – North Territory – 北(bei)领(ling)地(di)
  • Hobart – 霍(huo)巴(ba)特(te) – Tasmania – 塔(ta)斯(si)马(ma)尼(ni)亚(ya)
  • Canberra – 堪(kan)培(pei)拉(la) – ACT – 首(shou)都(du)特(te)区(qu)

Other cities mentioned in this video:

  • Newcastle – 纽(niu)卡(ka)斯(si)尔(er)
  • Wollongong – 卧(wo)龙(long)岗(gang)
  • Gold Coast – 黄(huang)金(jin)海(hai)岸(an)

Selling to the Chinese: leveraging the “One Child Policy” effect

By Barry Li

Most Australians are familiar with China’s “one child policy”. Enforced around the time of my birth in China three and a half decades ago, this policy evolved into a “two child policy” just a couple of years ago in response to China’s aging population. The policy has been criticised by the Western world since the day it started and likely hated by many Chinese families who’d prefer to have multiple kids. What Australians may not be aware of is that the consequences occurring because of this policy has resulted in the boom of many Australian industries.

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“From the Gold Rush to the Property Rush: Cantonese Speakers” – Musings from an Australian Perspective

This read through of Barry Li’s The New Chinese: How They Are Changing Australia has now brought us to Chapter 2 – ‘From the Gold Rush to the Property Rush’. I’m attempting not to make it a dry, analytic recap; rather I try to add my thoughts and comments to Barry’s own, from the perspective of an Australian who’s studying Mandarin and spent a bit of time here and there in China, Continue reading

“Defining the New Chinese” – Musings from an Australian Perspective.

I’ll admit: when I looked at this section title and glanced very briefly at the text I did wonder how I was going to make a blog post about this topic, and one not too dry at that. Then some words caught my attention – Qing empire, Honolulu, Opium Wars – and I realised a lot more could be found in this than just a clarification of definitions.

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“Why Should an Australian Read This Book?” – Musings from an Australian Perspective

Why should I read this book? What a good question, Barry Li.

This is the third part of my elongated discussion of Barry Li’s book The New Chinese: How They Are Changing Australia. The first part was about his parents, then next himself, and now me – yay! (I’m Australian, in case that point’s been missed). But please don’t feel excluded if you’re not an Aussie from DownUnder, because “if you feel you are surrounded by Chinese, or your life is impacted by the Chinese in some way, or you seek to profit from trading with China” then I imagine this book is also for you.

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An insider’s view on Chinese buyers

In 2013 my wife and I were looking to buy our first home – something bigger in a nice suburb with a good school nearby. During the inspection for a three-bedroom unit in Killara I said to my wife “Wow, look at this, there’s no other Chinese buyers here. I think we can get this one!” And indeed, we did.

Unlike those cash-loaded, overseas Chinese buyers you see at property auctions, my wife and I are new migrants living on monthly Australian salaries. In addition to the normal frustration of being defeated at auctions by the super-rich Chinese, we also suffer from the common criticism today that “the Chinese” have and are pushing up property prices in Australia. I can’t blame people who put it that way because, the truth is, Chinese home buyers have lots to do with the property market in Australia…

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“My Story” – Musings from an Australian Perspective

Here enters the second part of Barry Li’s recount. It’s the difficult one to do: critique and commenting on someone’s personal story, especially when it’s only just over three pages in length. I’m guessing we will probably learn more about Li from the rest of the book than just this section.

         He’s 10 months old when he leaves his parents to live with relatives. He doesn’t live with them again until – I’m estimating rough dates here – about 14 years later to finish high school in Beijing. Is this normal? For an only child to be separated from his parents and live 2600kms away? It’s not uncommon in any case. Continue reading

“My Father’s Story” – Musings from an Australian Perspective

          I come to Barry Li’s book, The New Chinese: How They Are Changing Australia, with a little bit of background knowledge of China and the Chinese, having studied Mandarin for several years at high school and university, and having been to China four times, most recently having lived in Beijing for eight months. What I’m searching for here is something that fills the gaps of my knowledge, such as the difference between the psyche of Chinese people in China and the Chinese people in Australia. I’m certain there must be one; the world of urban Australia dining on breakfast until early afternoon, coffee and chatter spilling out onto footpaths sometimes seems realms away from the myriad of China’s alleyways, where tiny ‘hole-in-a-wall’ restaurants serve noodle and rice dishes without ceremony; where a central subway train arrives at least ever six minutes and bank cards are nearly obsolete to mobile payments; where large sections of the community still purchase fresh produce every day from local outdoor markets, the refrigerator used scarcely. I’m having trouble adjusting back to Australian life even after just a short time away – how does one who has lived a majority of their life in China transition to life here, or is it not so much of a step? That’s what I’m reading to find out.  Continue reading