" Tent city', the homeless camp in Sydney's Martin Place – in pictures "
One of them, Tam
" Tam, 38, used to live with his family in the Fairfield area. He used to work as a kitchen hand but was injured on the job. He says he comes to the camp for the sense of community, to have somebody to talk to. ‘This is where people feel safe. Some of us have health issues. That’s why I’m out here. We’re not lazy. A lot of people here have jobs. They wake up here, they go to work, they come back here again, because it’s too expensive to live [anywhere else]. The prices of the food have gone up, every year the private health insurance goes up. I can’t afford to pay it now. "
" In the early 1980s, house prices in capital cities were about three times household median incomes, with the exception of Sydney, which had a ratio of just above five. We now have a ratio above 12 for Sydney, close to 10 for Melbourne and around six for the other capital cities. Household debt to income in Australia has risen from 90 per cent in the early 90s to close to 190 per cent now. "
Astro Channel 308 did a re-run of a documentary series titled "South of the Ocean." It is in Mandarin with sub-titles.
It is about the Chinese emigration to countries in South East Asia like Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaya, from our forefathers' time to the present. This is a history of the the pogroms they face, their struggle and subsequent prosperity.
I remember one line of the narration very well. It says "Despite the prosperity, there is always a sword hanging over the heads of this community." You can make your own interpretation.
In our forefathers' time the grass here is greener than back home with the revolutions, civil wars and the Japanese invasion. Mass migration of the Chinese to this region was in the 1930s. The mass migration of the Chinese to Malaya was facilitated by the British to work the tin mines, the revenues in turn were send back to Britain to fuel their economy.
" In the land of the blind the one-eyed-jack is king."
1. Percentage of Chinese population in Malaysia (23% now, used to be around 30% 3-4 decades ago), Thailand (13%), Philippine (1.8%), Indonesia (1.2%)
2. Chinese Malaysians were among those who involved in the building of this sovereignty nation, unlike other countries in South Est Asia where they were bystanders and still are bystanders.
- We still can maintain (for those who wish to maintain) our ancestral language on this soil. Granted, there were all sorts of man-made obstacles since independence with the objective to shut down this vernacular school, from both non-Chinese and those ocbc.
- we still can have our Chinese name unlike Chinese in Indonesia and Thailand.
Take the example of Indonesia, Chinese there are perceived to be rich but if you look at the numbers (1.2% of 261 million), Chinese population in Indonesia is 3.1 million !!
The fact is they are hell a lot of poor Chinese in Indonesia, apart from some rich businessmen and super-tycoons. Ordinary Chinese were the scapegoats when local politicians wanted to divert their social economy problems. Indonesia is progressing well in economy now, and since the cake is getting larger, the fear of racial riot is lesser but the fear to be the victims of political scapegoat is still there..
Every country (city) has good and bad offers - depend on where the individual fit in as per his/her income level in that place .
Unfortunately, most people here like to complain about everything without knowing (or refuse to acknowledge) the problem is not entirely external.
Just read this after lunch...
Seven students from Pin Wah Chinese High School (Klang) are offered to pursue undergraduate degree in Tsinghua University. Two of them are given full scholarship by the university.
Tsinghua is the best university in PRC with global ranking of 24 in 2017. Maybe some may think global ranking of 24 does not sound impressive. In the same year, Melbourne University was ranked 41, New South Wales University (45), Sydney University (50), Monash University (60), Western Australia University (93), etc.
Put aside the ranking... WHERE ELSE in this planet you can prepare students to be good academically, well-versed in Mandarin (as proven by the acceptance to best Chinese University) and at the same time also have considrable command of English.
Just wondering aloud if the entrance standard is lower for overseas students
But australia is different, it has been widely reported that :
" Universities in Australia have been accepting large numbers of students who fall below the admission requirements, prompting concerns about a decline in the nation's education standards. "
" The falling entry standards came to light after figures were published last week by Fairfax Media showing that leading universities in the state of New South Wales have been accepting students whose high school rankings were well below the universities' advertised minimum."
" New South Wales State Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said he believed the admission practices of the universities risked damaging their international reputation.. "
Reported in February 2016... http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/aus...ntry-standards..
Maybe this one can help to shed some light..
Professor Kee Keh Kooi - a student from Foon Yew Chinese High School (JB). He is currently a professor in medicine faculty of Tsinghua University and the only foreigner who is a research member of the PRC's spacecraft project - Tianzhou 1 space project. http://www.thestar.com.my/news/natio...-cell-biology/
" China’s first spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step towards Beijing’s goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022 ".... http://www.scmp.com/news/china/artic...ting-space-lab
[QUOTE=opulant;610441]It seems like you have doubt of the academic credential of those from Chinese High School..
Where did I say that?
Please read my post again.
Your immediate comment after that (post#220)