Clr Robert Kok (C) shares his stories with more than 250 readers at Guangzhou Library on May 29. [Photo: Newsgd.com/Monica]
Robert Kok, councilor of the City of Sydney lauded the significance of overseas Chinese students for promoting the cultural exchanges between China and Australia and said they should be proud of their cultural identity.
“I always tell the overseas Chinese students when I welcome them to Sydney. ‘You are very important here. When you come to Australia, you are ambassadors of your culture, ambassadors of the goodwill that you bring to our city.’”
Robert Kok said this to over 250 readers in his interview themed “Talking about My Second Homeland” at the Auditorium 2 of Guangzhou Library on the afternoon of May 29.
According to the official statistics released by Australian government in May 2016, almost 50,000 Chinese students started courses in Australian universities, colleges and schools this year, up 23 percent on last year, making students from China more important than ever to the booming education export industry.
Chinese students studying in Australia are very hard-working and always striving for the best; and they have a big impact on Australia’s education industry, said Robert Kok.
Robert Kok also pointed out that after the students finish their education, whether they go back to China or remain in Australia, they serve as a bridge for the cultural exchanges between China and Australia, like all the other overseas Chinese in Australia as well.
Due to the exchanges, more and more Chinese get to know more about Australia and go to Australia to travel, study, invest or settle down, vice versa.
Robert Kok told Newsgd.com reporter that many Australians are attracted by Guangdong and come to tour the province, because Guangdong has rich cultural deposits, and Guangzhou is a very modern metropolis with profound culture and the best and most authentic Cantonese cuisine; besides, there are many Cantonese all over the world and they also help to promote the province to the world, which attracts more and more people to come to Guangdong as well.
What’s more, Guangdong can offer a lot of investment opportunities for Australians, and the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Sydney helps people from these two regions to get their investment, cooperation and exchanges done successfully, said Robert Kok.
The interview with Robert Kok at Guangzhou Library is also part of the celebration for the 30 years of the Sydney Guangzhou sister city relationship. A series of events in has been held in Sydney and Guangzhou to mark this important anniversary, including the Chinese Anzacs photo exhibition at Guangzhou Library in May.
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