Books, Visas, Biology & Bar Night
Edition 34, November 23, 2015
Ma La Koala - Newsletter of the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu


Sichuan Prepares for Australia - China Free Trade

The Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu joined hands with the Sichuan Department of Commerce to bring over 180 leaders of Sichuan commerce and industry to a seminar on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) on 29 October. Representatives from industry sectors including agribusiness, resources, energy and financial services learned how ChAFTA would open up lucrative opportunities for Australia - China trade.

Ministry of Commerce Researcher Mr Bai Ming and Sichuan Department of Commerce head Mr Xie Kaihua delved into the Agreement to show how it could align with Chinese policies in southwest China such as “One Road, One Belt”.  The Australian Embassy’s Counsellor Economic Lachlan Crews, Austrade’s Senior Investment Manager Henry Wang and a panel of experts (pictured above) joined the pair taking questions on how specific industry sectors would benefit under ChAFTA. Click here for industry specific ChAFTA information

Launch of Australian Visa Services

On 12 October Consul-General Nancy Gordon and the Australian Embassy’s Minister-Counsellor Immigration Michael Willard opened the Australia – New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Chengdu (pictured). It is now more convenient for residents of Sichuan and Chongqing to get a visa to travel to Australia. The Centre (address
here) accepts applications for Australian visitor, work and holiday (by appointment only), and migration visas. The Centre is open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Click here for more information

Book Launch: Australia’s Chungking Legation

The history of Australia's presence in southwest China's Chongqing during the Second World War is detailed in a new bilingual book, launched by Consul-General Nancy Gordon on 15 October. The "Chungking Legation: Australia’s Diplomatic Mission to Wartime China” provides vivid firsthand accounts of Australia’s Chungking (Chongqing) Legation and the lives and work of the people who served there between 1941 and 1946.

Consul-General Gordon presented the book to Chongqing Parks Administration Deputy Director Zhou Wenlin, whose department is the current occupant of the Legation building (pictured above). 
Many visitors from Australia, including the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and former Foreign Minister Stephen Smith have visited the old Legation building.  Now the Parks Administration have an illustrated record of the history of their office for such visitors. The Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu and the Chinese Museum Melbourne are working to bring the book and exhibition to Australia in December 2015.

Australia, New Zealand & Alumni Bar Night

Australians, New Zealanders and alumni are invited to a special bar night at 6:30pm on Friday 27 November 2015 at Chengdu’s Hugo Bar. Hugo will provide a 20% discount on all beer.
Click here for directions

(Pictured: Last month’s Aussie and Alumni Bar Night)

 William Yang Tells His Story
Australian artist William Yang (pictured) has performed “The Story Only I Can Tell” in Chengdu and Chongqing as part of a one month tour of China.
The autobiographical spoken word performance explores the central threads of Yang’s exploration of identity from a youth spent on a Queensland tobacco farm through to success as a contemporary artist.  In Chengdu, Yang held a separate workshop for students at Xihua University’s Australian Studies Centre where he taught students how to craft and deliver engaging performances based on their own personal histories. Yang’s tour was supported by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and the Australian Government.

Teaching Humanoid Discovery 
Science Teacher Simon Maddy from Western Australia’s Canning College recently visited Chengdu to train local teachers in the latest techniques to better teach biology. As part of the ongoing
Humanoid Discovery exhibition, from Perth’s Scitech Museum, Simon took demonstration classes on biology with Chengdu primary school students observed by local teachers. Students then expanded on these concepts with a tour of the exhibition. The classes, sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, reached more than 580 teachers and highlighted Australian excellence in science education.

Ma La Koala caught up with Simon (pictured) to learn about his experience:
At first I was anxious that I had prepared a program that may not connect with all teachers. However, they were fascinated that we engage the students in practical exercises as a way of learning. The teachers relished the opportunity to engage and ask questions. These ranged from curriculum development, teacher work conditions, text book selection and accessing on-line reference material.
Teaching the teachers had its own challenges.
 I have never worked so hard in my teaching career, it was both daunting and yet exhilarating. The most popular question was simply - how do we teach reproductive biology?”
 Would you do it again?
Yes. There is huge scope to enhance the program. For example - it is time consuming for teachers to leave school and attend a program like ours. Next we would like to expand into schools. I would love to come back for that.

Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body is open until December 20 at Building B, 339 Mall, Sichuan TV Tower, 339 Mengzhuiwan Rd, Chengdu. Tickets are available on the door.

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Upcoming Events

November 27
Australian, New Zealand & Alumni Bar Night, 6:30pm, Hugo Bar, 22 Zhishan Lu, High Tech Zone, Chengdu. 
November 26 - December 8
The Australia-China Student Forum, Chongqing.
Until December 20
“Humanoid Discovery: Wonders of the Human Body” exhibition, Building B, 339 Mall, Sichuan TV Tower, Mengzhuiwan Rd, Chengdu.
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