Imagine a world-first program that brings together 130 innovators from Australia and China, grouping them into 25 diverse think tanks to deal with crucial issues at the crux of the bilateral relationship between our two countries, including the future of tourism, sustainable energy, education, entrepreneurship, and the implications of the looming China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.…

  Are you interested in participating at youth conferences in the Asia-Pacific region while taking away some lifelong skills and friends? Read more to find out what it’s like and how you can seize this incredible opportunity!   The APEC Youth Week Program The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an important institution in the Asia-Pacific…

  Alice Slevison from Asia Options sat down with Beijing-based aspiring environmental engineer Kate Smith to have a chat about her experience as an inaugural China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) delegate, and her tips for those applying for CAMP next year. The China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) is a world-first project uniting top young leaders (aged 18-35)…

  Deciding to live in another country for seven months was quite possibly one of the biggest decisions I’ve had to make and to be honest it could have been the best or the worst decision pending how the experience was. I was very fortunate to receive the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award to study…

  The increasingly common combination of a foreign testamur and a local “shenfen zheng” ID card is transforming the employment market in China. Fresh off long-haul flights with new Chanel handbags in tow and hoodies from IVY League or G8 universities stashed in their suitcase, thousands of Chinese grads are returning to China and jostling for…

  Asia is awash with tech and entrepreneurial opportunities and Asia Options is excited to see the recent launch of Asia Recon. Alice Slevison from Asia Options sat down with Asia Recon Co-Founders Mathew Benjamin and Jason Lim to discuss the inspiration behind Asia Recon and to find out more about the inaugural Singapore – China…

  My experiences learning Chinese, travelling in China, and understanding China have been quite unique, mainly because I have a Chinese background myself, and my relationship with the country is coloured by an unusual mix of family ties, academic knowledge, and an inexplicable sense of familiarity.   Discovering China and the Chinese language: a late bloomer I…

  Mastering the official language of China is no easy feat. Tones, stroke order, pronunciation, and a seemingly endless supply of characters together pose a linguistic nightmare! Learning Chinese is especially difficult for full-time professionals due to the arduous time commitment involved in learning the language. Those with established proficiency are also prone to slipping…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

  So you’ve come back to Melbourne from a year overseas in Asia. By the end of the trip you were conversing, laughing and living in a foreign language – or at least giving it a good go! Now, for whatever reason, you’re back ‘home’ and you’re looking at ways to keep up your hard-won…

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 the…

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 positions…