Taiwan has long been a great place to study Mandarin. After Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalist government retreated to the island during the Chinese Civil War and, with the PRC generally out of bounds, Taiwan became a proxy for ‘China’. This new, and arguably somewhat contrived identity was strongly cultural and Mandarin replaced Japanese as…

  Originally posted by the China Australia Millennial Project Summit   The 2015 China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) Summit unites 100 young innovators from China with 100 young innovators from Australia for a 5 day innovation incubator within Vivid Ideas Festival, with additional networking and industry-related activities. The 200-strong group will be tasked with providing…

China Exit Strategies are a hot topic, both among my friends and readers who call me for career advice. People are concerned that they might hurt their prospects for advancement by staying in China too long, or that they might not be able to find a role that would allow them to transition back home.…

  A friend of mine recently had his formal internship offer in Shanghai revoked after the new internship regulations came into effect. Though my company usually doesn’t have anything to do with internships, I thought school-age blog readers would benefit from being aware of the challenges he faced, and some of the issues apply to full-time…

    Eager students with a desire to live in China, learn the Chinese language and explore the Chinese culture often make the mistake of choosing Beijing or Shanghai for their experience – ‘the big city’ experience. What they don’t realise is that these cities are bursting at the seams with English speaking foreigners. Even the local street…

  China is a land of opportunity for Australian nationals but finding reliable and useful information can be tricky and especially so for working out how to work in China. For those keen on avoiding the teaching English route, or for those ready to move on to bigger and better things than teaching English, Asia…

  Alice Slevison from Asia Options had a chat with her Beijing based China Policy colleague Mark Eels about his experience working as an intern for the ACYA-Peking University Australian Studies Centre Internship Program.   Some background on Mark Mark has completed a Bachelor in International Relations and International Business at Bond University, and is undertaking…

Dan from Asia Options recently sat down with Rebecca Morrison to talk about the worldwide Chinese Bridge (汉语桥) competition, which challenges contestants with their knowledge of Chinese culture, history and, of course, their proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The annual competition is broadcast throughout China, with the high-placing contestants being flown to Changsha for the final rounds. Out of 800,000…

The Hopkins Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a Sino-US educational collaboration and can still boast to being the only university program in China with academic freedom of speech. Students even get access to a VPN to bypass China’s strict censorship laws! However don’t expect your Chinese professors to be…

China is an absolutely fascinating country, and one that will have you hooked from the first taste because of its vibrant and diverse culture, economy and people. However, if you’re serious about engaging with China, you’ll want to learn Chinese. Despite the increasing amount of Chinese proficient in English, unfortunately the reality is that at…

Jiangsu province has long been a popular study destination for foreign students in China, and the Australian student population in Nanjing has doubled on the back of the new Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship initiative. The Hamer Scholarship is a language and cultural immersion program designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians and to help strengthen cultural awareness between…

Conference Content The Australian Centre on China in the World invites submissions for an international conference on all aspects of the study of Taiwan to take place in its award–winning new building. The conference aims to bring together scholars from Taiwan and around the world to discuss research on Taiwan, pre-historically, historically and in the contemporary…

  Through our Asia Networking Guide series Asia Options provides a directory for networking events for ten cities in Australia and Asia. Our second feature city in this series is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing. The ancient and modern Chinese capital offers an amazing hotpot of networking and social events.   1)…

The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and The Renmin University of School of Business (RBS) this year announced the formation of the ACYA-RBS International MBA Scholarship. The Scholarship will provide an ACYA member with a full scholarship over the 2-year degree. Applications for the inaugural intake are now closed but keep an eye out for this opportunity in…

  The Australia China Youth Association was launched in 2009 as a student initiative and serves young people from both sides of the bilateral relationships between 18 and 24 years of age. ACYA’s broad mandate is to promote greater engagement between young Chinese and young Australians. Pillars The Australia China Youth Association operates along three pillars…

Ever thought about interning with the United Nations in China? The UNDP China Internship Program offers a small group of outstanding graduates the opportunity to acquire experience working as interns in the United Nations Development Program. Through this program, UNDP aims to: provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned…

  A growing number of young Australians are relocating to China to explore the Middle Kingdom’s diverse melting pot of culture and cuisine, to learn Mandarin and to check off the increasingly popular China box on their resume. Trade with China is soaring and Mandarin is uncontested as the premier language to learn to for those with an eye on an…