How One Inner Sydney Night Market is Building Bridges With Food

By Tam Allenby 

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For a moment I’m transported somewhere else, though I’m not sure where. With the smell of grilling meat and ground spices carried by the cooking smoke and steam wafting through the air, it could be India or Sri Lanka; Cambodia or Vietnam; Lebanon or Iran.

Really I’m in the Inner West of Sydney- Marrickville to be precise. But at the night Street Food Markets, held at the Addison Road Community Centre each month, it feels like you’re in all these places at once.

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Crowds enjoying the second Street Food Markets at the Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville. [Photo: Tam Allenby]

You’d be hard pressed to find a more diverse selection of foods in such a small area anywhere in the world. Walking through the crowd, stomach rumbling, I face a tough decision. Should I try the arepas from Colombia, grab a Sri Lankan ulundu vada, or tuck into a plate of Cambodian lod cha?

I decide to make peace with my inner glutton and settle with all three.

Besides, any regret I might experience half an hour into a self-induced food coma would be easily offset by the fact that at these markets, you really are stuffing yourself for a good cause.

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Vietnamese rice paper rolls being prepared by the team at Mama Made Caterers. [Photo: Tam Allenby]
How so, you ask? Well, the event is a joint project between the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO) and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). In a nutshell, the aim of the market is to “bring cultures together and support the small businesses of recent migrants and refugees”.

Judging by the good vibes and large crowd that turned out on a cool Saturday night for the second edition of the markets, it was certainly a success. Feedback on the Facebook page was similarly positive.

Having missed the first event held the previous month, I contacted Alex McInnis from ARCCO to ask her a few questions about the aim, history and future of the markets.

She told me that while the last edition hadn’t run so smoothly due to some “teething issues”, with long lines and the stallholders selling out of food, this was more a result of the huge level of support that the community had provided.

“It was just an overwhelming level of support, and stallholders just simply couldn’t cater to so many people… but that’s a good thing. Everyone was really understanding, for a lot of the stallholders it was their first time time trading”.

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Stallholders from the Lakemba Community Market. [Photo: Tam Allenby]
She also pointed to the real value that an event like this brings to the community and to the stallholders themselves.

“They’re just so excited to do something that they’re passionate about. Employment opportunities aren’t always ample and they don’t want to just sit around, they want to do this: earn a living, and be part of something.”

“Beyond the financial aspect of earning a real income, they’re sharing their food, sharing their culture, getting to know other stallholders, getting to know the visitors…”

With the 2016 federal election now less than a month away, and asylum seekers and refugees one of the issues that will define the campaign of the major parties, events like this one can help with the often negative portrayal of refugees in the media.

A 2013 study by the University of Queensland found that asylum seekers and refugees are portrayed in a visually dehumanising manner by mainstream news sources, usually as large crowds or groups rather than individuals or families.

They argue that this “reinforces a politics of fear that explains why refugees are publicly framed as people plight, dire as it is, nevertheless does not generate a compassionate political response”.

Alex from ARCCO would certainly agree with this sentiment.

“Refugees are talked about so much, it’s such a big topic… they’re being talked about all the time but do people really think about who they’re talking about? Someone’s grandfather, someone’s son, someone’s daughter.”

I spoke to Alex only days after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton hit the headlines for his controversial remarks concerning the “illiteracy and innumeracy” of potential asylum seekers, who he argued would “take Australian jobs” or “languish” on the dole.

When asked about this, Alex’s response was insightful: focussing on the qualifications or education level of asylum seekers is missing the point, and can even be considered classist.

“These are people – some of them educated, some not so much – but they’re still contributing and sharing in such an amazing way, and employment is not always the measure of that”.

The third edition of the markets will be held on Saturday the 18th of June, the evening before Refugee Week kicks off for 2016. With more food vendors, craft stalls and a live band all in the pipeline, Alex is firmly positive about the future of the event.

“I think it’s just growing every time”.

Though its easy to let your tastebuds get carried away when confronted with so many delicious treats, a recent update on the ARCCO Facebook page cements the underlying importance of the markets in the current political climate.

The theme for Refugee Week is “with courage let us all combine”- and that’s exactly what we do! In the face of an election campaign targeting asylum seekers and refugees, we believe coming together and supporting new Sydney-siders is one of the most powerful things we can do as a community to break the racism and classism being displayed.’

Coming together through food. It may be a cliché, but in the case of the Addison Road Street Food Markets at least, it’s also a reality.

Gallery: Street Food Market #2 (May 21, 2016)

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Deregistration aborted: religious clubs resurrected

by Winmas Yu (SID: 450536382)

Reflecting on the recent potential deregistration from the University of Sydney Union, the President of the Catholic Society has cited misunderstanding as the major reason that caused the incident.

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The University of Sydney Union retracted after calling religious clubs to remove “discriminatory clauses” in constitutions. Image: Winmas Yu

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Self-realization: Sahaja Yoga meditation takes you into a better life

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Ten people join in Sahaja Yoga Meditation in Mill Hill Community Centre

 

Ten people sit on a chair with shoes removed to connect with the mother earth. They sit comfortably with both hands open, palms up on their lap. All of them take a few deep breaths, then breathe in a quiet, relaxed way. Outside, the raindrops continuously spatters on the window with clear and melodious sound of bird.

Every Tuesday, there are many people joining in Shaja Yoga meditation in Mill Hill Community Centre. It is a kind of self-realization produced by Kundalini awakening and is accompanied by the experience of thoughtless awareness or mental silence.

 

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History

Sahaja Yoga meditation was founded by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi who was internationally recognized for her contribution to humanity through a lifetime of work for peace and the wellbeing of mankind.

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Photo of  Shri Mataji from: shrimataji.org

 

In 1970, after studying the field of medicine and focusing on the scientific terminology of the anatomy and human physiology, she started Sahaja Yoga meditation.

After her first visit Australia in 1981, Shri Mataji continued to visit on many occasions giving free public lectures to share her knowledge and teach the Australian public her simple method of Sahaja Yoga. During these years, she gave over fifty public lectures around Australia, without charge. She advocates that there can be no peace in the world until there is peace within. Now, there are almost 100 countries around the world establishing Sahaja Yoga Meditation Centre.

 

About meditation

Meditation is the personal experience of going beyond one’s thoughts, worries and upsets, and being in a state of peace and calm. In meditation, one is fully alert and aware but free of the unnecessary thoughts or worries that lead to many of life’s day to day stresses.

Meditation is based on connecting with our inner chakras (energy centres) and balancing our subtle body. The tradition and aims of meditation are explained which is to be in the present with no mental thoughts of the past or future. Short guided meditations with affirmations are used to clear and balance the subtle body to enable the silence of meditation.

 

An encounter

Greg Turek, the author of A Seeker’s Journey: Searching for Clues to Life’s meaning, takes part in Sahaja Yoga meditation every Tuesday for nearly 20 years. Now, he is one of the instructors of Sahaja Yoga Meditation Centre in Sydney. In his book, he wrote that “by doing meditation, we can bring peace and wellbeing to ourselves, our families, our social institutions, our nations and our world.”

Mr Turek meditates after getting up and before going to bed everyday. He thinks meditation is not a mental thing; the whole purpose of meditation is to allow person to go into thoughtless awareness when the mind becomes still. “When you meditate everyday at home, you balance yourself and you connect yourself to reality,” he said.

I met Mr Turek during the meditation by chance and I decided to make an interview with him after the meditation.

Tall, plump, with short white hair and a smile that chips away all defenses. Before I could get the first question into gear Mr Turek asked, “do you know what is self-realization?”

I looked at him with total confusion and waited for his explanation.

 

Microcosm to the macrocosm

Mr Turek told me that self-realization was the yoga, the union, the joining of the microcosm to the macrocosm. The raising of the energy in each of us called Kundalini. “the linking of that energy with the all-pervading energy of God that is what self-realization is,” he said.

I asked him in a tone of great curiosity, “what exactly does it do?”

“Self-realization brings about a change in awareness. Anyone can feel it as a cool breeze, cool vibrations, on the top of the head and on the hands. It is an actual happening.”

Kundalini is an energy that exists in everyone’s body, usually in a dormant state. It can be awakened or aroused from its slumber at the base of your spine by intense meditation or intense breath control practices.

 

“Put your hand above your head”

I asked him the approach of feeling self-realization.

Mr Turek’s eyes danced, “put your hand above your head, keep your attention above your head and let thoughts go without following them,” he said. There was a faint, so faint coolness on my hand. I looked round to see if there could be a draft coming from anywhere, but there was no air conditioning and the windows were closed. He was very happy that I could feel that cool breeze.

 

“It is not sugar that causes diabetes, it’s thinking”

He took my hand and started tracing a cross over the palm. “You think too much,” he said. “Your mind is busy, busy, busy, thinking away. Too much thinking can give people diabetes. It is not sugar that causes diabetes, it’s thinking. We can cure diabetes by self-realization.”

With self-realization, everybody can become their own master. “You can diagnose your own problems and those of others, and you can cure them. Anybody with their realization and the desire to develop their spirit, can cure and be cured,” Mr Turek told me.

At this point a wave of most pleasant well-being swept over me. It wasn’t a trance or a hypnotic state — it was a feeling of deep peace.

 

For non-profit

Mr Turek said that Sahaja Yoga meditation was free open to the public, Shri Mataji charged no money, insisting that her lesson was a birthright which should be freely available to all. “There can be no peace in the world until there is peace within,” he added.

There are almost 100 countries around the world establishing Sahaja Yoga Meditation Centre.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians have experienced the state of ‘thoughtless awareness’ using the simple Sahaja Yoga meditation technique, which helps to reduce anxiety, improve the quality of life and control blood pressure. “It’s time to find peace within, to experience an awareness you probably never knew existed. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a regular, we hope you’ll join us.”

 

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Flowers en vogue – Behind the scenes with Boutierre Girls

by Laura Syvaniemi

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The Boutierre Girls studio in Epping. Image: Laura Syvaniemi

 

A fresh-faced Emily Michele Smith meets me at the gate to her studio. I’ve walked the twenty minutes from Epping station despite Emily’s offer to pick me up, admiring the stillness of the residential area just forty minutes away from bustling Sydney centre. On my way I see roses everywhere; perhaps it is my interviewee who has inspired me to notice them. 26-year-old Emily runs Boutierre Girls, an Instagram sensation and one of Sydney’s most prestigious floral businesses.

It’s 10 am and Emily has already had four shots of coffee. She has apologetically rescheduled three times; her black van full of flowers is relentlessly on the move, catering to last minute orders. This week alone, she has also received three other requests for interviews.

The Boutierre Girls studio is a crisp white space that sets the scene for many of Emily’s Instagram photos. It’s the social media platform that sparked her rise to floral fame and features frequently in her speech when talking about Boutierre Girls. Emily has nearly 35 000 followers, a figure that is steadily rising.

 

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Emily in her studio. Image: Laura Syvaniemi

 

The walls of the studio are covered with urns and vases, some filled with blooms left over from the morning’s deliveries. Emily is apologetic there aren’t more and automatically rearranges them, unasked, for a better photograph. We sit down at a grey concrete table where she fiddles with a massive nude Mayfair rose, gently peeling back its petals as she talks.

”I got up at 3.45,” She says as I ask her about her morning. ”I’ve been to the markets, bought all my flowers, come back and stripped everything down, made all my deliveries and delivered them. I’ve delivered flowers for a photo shoot as well. That’s about it.”

The early alarm is no stranger to Emily: she always gets up that time on Mondays and Wednesdays, when fresh flowers come into the flower markets. On Fridays it’s ”around 2.30”. Emily works seven days a week – the amount of coffee quickly makes sense.

 

The birth of Boutierre

 

Before Boutierre Girls Emily studied medical science at UNSW, spending her spare time making cakes and playing with flowers.

”I have chronic fatigue and was sort of bed-ridden for three or four years,” Emily explains. ”I would have weird hobbies and flowers was one of them. I started as cakes, and then I was like; I actually hate cakes.” She laughs. ”And the reason my cakes were so popular was I’d deck them out with fresh flowers. So I just got rid of cakes and did flowers instead.”

A florist, just like her first cake client, found Emily on Instagram and offered her a job. After two months, in 2014, she quit and started her own business. ”It’s been going nuts ever since!”

 

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“Pictures on Instagram that get a lot of likes tend to be just one flower,” Emily says of her most reposted images. Images courtesy of Boutierre Girls.

 

Due to her explosive rise in popularity, Emily had to leave UNSW and a brief period at TAFE. She now creates florals for weddings, as well as fashion labels and photoshoots, which she loves. Recently she had her first magazine cover.

”I’d love to move overseas and do stuff with big labels,” Emily says. ”If I ever did a job for like Balmain, I’d probably die. I still scream like a little kid when I get a job offer from a label that I’m obsessed with.”

 

Hard labour

 

The hours behind Boutierre Girls’ famed florals are hard work. When asked if people understand the amount of labour that goes into flowers, Emily laughs out loud. ”No! No way. Yeah, no chance.”

What might seem like a simple bouquet order means Emily has gotten up and gone to the markets, paid ten dollars for parking, bought the flowers, driven back to her studio, stripped the flowers, arranged the bouquet and then delivered it. ”That’s half a day’s work,” she explains.

And compared to big events, half a day for a bouquet sounds like child’s play. ”If you’ve got a huge job on Sunday, you pretty much don’t sleep from when you pick up the flowers on Friday through till Sunday. You just don’t have enough hours in the day.”

 

Go big or go home

 

Two phones on the tabletop beep with the occasional incoming message, which Emily checks in stride. She talks about the physical demands of the job: the rigging, knotting, public liability and fork lifts – ”They’re really hard to drive!” – that come with the floral installations she creates.

Bigger, faster, harder, better. I ask Emily if she ever feels out of her depth.

She laughs. ”I’ll book a job and be like ’I have no idea how to do that, but sure!’. By the time it comes around it’s so easy. I find that with pretty much all of the florists: most of us have no idea what we’re doing when it comes to designing big crazy things on roofs and stuff. You just do whatever works and make sure it doesn’t fall.”

 

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Emily loves working with anthereums and roses (left). A recent wedding at Sydney venue Mr. Wong (middle) has been one of her favourites so far. Images courtesy of Boutierre Girls.

 

As the artist behind installations such as Samantha Wills’ stunning floral walls, the first of which Emily still recalls as ”her baby”, it’s safe to say clients are in good hands. She loves using roses, anthereums and orchids – all of which feature abundantly in her work and Instagram account – but has a hard time picking her favourite jobs.

”Every second wedding I’ll be like ”this is my favourite wedding ever!” because I love whatever I’m doing at that time,” She says. ”Whatever flower I’m working with is my favourite flower.”

 

Flower friends

 

Weddings, from which Boutierre Girls currently gets most of their work, are notoriously tricky to execute.

”My worst nightmare would be for a bride to be disappointed on her wedding day,” She says of the high pressure jobs.

”No matter how organised I am, in every wedding something goes wrong. Things just happen on the day that you don’t expect. But the bride will never know and you just learn to recover in, like, five seconds. I’m really good under pressure and every single time it works out. Every single time we manage to get it done.”

From traffic jams to sudden heat waves to brides having given her the wrong date for their wedding, the Boutierre peeps have been there. When going gets rough Emily enlists the help of fellow florists, many of whom she is close with.

”We’re all pretty good friends. Even overseas, we’re all pretty tight through Instagram. I can stay anywhere and know that I’ll be able to find a flower friend and be like; I’m coming over!”

It’s the love of flowers that unites them and makes the long, sleep-deprived hours worthwhile.

”I just love flowers. I always have,” Emily states simply. ”I love it. There’s always work stuff about it, but I’m lucky that I can earn a full-time salary doing this. I see people in offices and I could never do that. I just don’t know how they do it. I literally don’t know.”

Are Chinese students paying too much to study in Australia?

 

 

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The cost of studying in Australia is higher than in any other country. Photo source: http://www.enaindia.in

 

 

“I just worked for five hours, so I am a little tired.” Said Lily, who is an international student studying in the University of Sydney and has been in Sydney for five months.

About three months ago, she fund a part-time job to sell box lunch in the train station, and she could get 10 dollar every hour. “Though the salary is very low, it can reduce the pressure of my life.”

Actually, the salary of this kind of part-time job is below the average, which is about 14.5 dollar per hour. But most of the international students choose to find a part-time to reduce the pressure of their life just like Lily.

“I can use this money to buy an apartment about 100 Square meters with three bedrooms!”

“I am not the second generation of the rich, and I just come from an ordinary family. My tuition fee is AU$40,000 per year and the cost of living every year is about AU$15,000, which exchanged to Chinese Yuan is about 280,000 Yuan.

So, when I finish my two years’ study, I have to cost about 560,000 Yuan. In my hometown, which is a small city in China, I can use this money to buy an apartment about 100 Square meters with three bedrooms!”

According to a recent report, the cost of study in Australia is higher than in any other country such as the US and UK. The total cost for international student study in Australia, including annual fees and the cost of living, is calculated at USD 42,000 a year.

 

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Chinese students have a large proportion in USYD

 

Also, Australia has the most proportion of international students—about 20 percent of the country’s higher education enrolments are international, compared to the global average of about 7 percent. Whenever you walk around your campus, there are always people of different nationalities speaking different languages. Among those, Chinese students have a large proportion.

“My parents pay my tuition fee and the cost of living. Actually, they pay the fee by their saving. So I choose to earn some money during my spare time to reduce the pressure of my family.” Lily said with the phone in her hand.

” I often pay attention to the rate and exchange some money”

“I just exchanged my Chinese Yuan to 5ooo Australian Dollar using the app in my phone. The exchange rate of the Australian Dollar to Chinese Yuan is changing in recent months, so I often pay attention to the rate and exchange some money for my study and life when the rate is appropriate to me. Actually, this can help me save some money.”

 

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A screenshot of Lily’s phone when she was exchanging Chinese Yuan to Australian dollar

 

 

According to Australian dollar rate, there is a bad news for Chinese students, which means that Chinese students are now likely to get less Australian dollar in exchange for their money currency.

The international student fee t is 140 per cent higher than the domestic fee

The universities in Australia publish both the domestic and International students’ fee on the school website, including the University of Sydney. In the website, take the Master of Commence as an example, which has a large proportion of Chinese students, we can see the study fee for International students is AU$40,000 per year, compared to the domestic student fee which is AU$29,500 per year.

This means that the international student fee in this subject is 140 per cent higher than the domestic fee. Actually, all the subjects have the same phenomenon—international students have to pay more than domestic students.

Simply put, international students are big business for universities and for the economy. Even so, the university increases the international tuition fee every year.

The number of progressed application for the fellowship is limited

The Australia Awards are international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian government, which are available to nationals and citizens from eligible countries, which is Asia, the Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

 The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the Australian Government, and aims to support the internationalization of the Australian higher education especially the postgraduate-level study and research.

There are also eligible countries, which are in the round of Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East. The application for the scholarship and fellowship of 2017 is now open and will be closed on 30 June 2016, and it must be submitted using the Endeavour Online application system.

Though there are different kinds of scholarships and fellowships for international students to apply, the number of progressed application is limited. So it is not a good way for international students especially Chinese students to reduce the pressure of studying in Australia.

 “The universities see us as cash cows!”

About two decades ago, there weren’t too many Chinese students, while in recent years, we can see a marked difference. More and more Chinese students come to Australia to have a higher degree.

Some of them want to have a high quality of education, some want to become the permanent residence in Australia, and others may want to avoid the intense competition. No matter what reasons, more and more Chinese students choose to study in Australia.

 

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The average international students pay is around AU$42,000 annually, about 2 times as much as domestic students. International students contributed about AU$15 billion to the Australian every year, which makes the higher education the third biggest export.

 

For the universities in Australia, it is a good way to raise their revenue. So we will not surprised to here the Chinese students saying “the universities see us as cash cows!”

 

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Richard’s Music Journey: Busking in Sydney is Enjoyable but Tough

 

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Richard performed on Pitt St Mall. Photoed by Qian Lu

It was 6:00pm on a Saturday, Richard was busking on Pitt St Mall surrounded with crowded audiences.

Richard Soward, also named Cuzn, is a singer and songwriter from South England, based in Sydney.

Busking life

“I have been busking for about seven years, I started busking in London, on the London Underground Network.”

Richard said “I choose to busk because it’s a really good way to gain new fans, to perfect your performance, and a really good way to not have to get a real job and earn money.”

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Richard performed in on the London Underground. Photo from Cuzn

Richard have busked in many countries and cities including London and Wales in England, Toronto and Montreal in Canada, New York City in America, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Newcastle in Australia. Before coming to Sydney, Richard regarded busking as an interests, “I can go to a city and visit there while making new fans and making shows on the street, it’s awesome” he said.

Richard came to Sydney a year and a half ago, “Because I want to change, I was in London for many years, that was fun, but it was tiring and I began to get bad habit, I need change, so I came here, under the sunshine”he said. He treated busking as a career after he came to Sydney, “I really like busking in Sydney, for me it’s not really about the place, it’s about the area, there are lots of shopping centres that I can make shows, I can make moments with people, that’s what I like to do.” said Richard.

Sometimes Richard plays in a band with two close mate, Jamie Ray, playing the bass, and Lawrence Gratton, playing the violin. “They are awesome, but Lawrence went to Melbourne.” he said.

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Richard performed with Jamie and Lawrence. Photo from Cuzn.

 

Richard’s Fans

“Most of my fans are made from busking, and I got too much happiness from them.”

Richard usually plays on Pitt St Mall on weekends, everytime he plays, he will be surrounded with lots of people, some are big fans, some are just passers-by in the shopping mall, and they would become new fans.

“Sometimes there are kids running in my shows, and I remember a cute girl,” he said, “apparently, she was really a shy kid, and her mother bought a CD. The kid can never reads, but she can learn all the lyrics of my songs and surprises her mother by singing in the car with all the lyrics of my songs, which is really touching, really touching”.

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The cute girl. Photo from Cuzn.

“Recently I got a email from somebody who said during my show, she felt like nothing else in the world existed, and that’s awesome, that’s what I wanna do, that is what my life is filled, and I can do that to people.” Richard said with confidence and passion.

Richard’s EP

“London Prize recorded my feeling about London at that time, good and bad.”

Richard have released two EPs. The first one named London Prize, released in 2014 in London. There are two songs in it including London Prize and Transatlantic Tales.

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London Prize EP. Photo from Cunz.

The second EP is Little Victories, released in 2015 in Sydney. Six songs are recorded in it including Ordinary People, Monster Truck, We Believe, We Dream, Fire, Four Walls and Sympathy. It was inspired by years of crazy nights, cavorting and crashing on couches, he has learned a thing about life. From dingy London dungeons to high-class American apartments, via sumptuous Sydney sunshine, his handsomely-expressed acoustic sermons on love and life have acquired devastating resonance. “Because I think it is very important to celebrate the little victories. If you think about the end of prize, selling millions of records, you would get very upset. But when you sell hundreds of records, or sing a song you never heard before, and celebrate these little victories, it would be encouraging” Richard said.

To shoot the Music Video for Ordinary people, Richard ran around Sydeny CBD, with a film crew, getting people from all walks of life to hold up signs containing the lyrics to Ordinary People. “I do this because I like people, it was nice to change strangers to fans, to make them get involved. Particularly in the end of the video, you can see I got drunk with people, that was mad, and it was a really fun day, ” Richard said, “some people didn’t want to hold up the signs, then I said something to make them open and get involved, it was challenging, but rewarding.”

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Richard appeals people to engage in his MV. Photo from Cuzn.

About Busking Policy

In most parts of the Sydney CBD, including Martin Place, Town Hall, Pitt St Mall, and Hyde Park, busking is governed by the City of Sydney, while the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority controls busking at Circular Quay, Rocks and Darling Harbour.

According to Busking Policy  by City of Sydney, buskers need to apply for busking permits. Moreover, the area and time is restricted. Buskers could only busking in restricted area shown in the Busking Sites Maps.

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Busking Restricted Areas. Source: Busking Sites Maps (2011)

Time restrictions make it unfeasible for buskers as well . For example, Pitt St Mall is not permitted prior to 2 pm on weekdays and 11 am on weekends and buskers may only stay for an hour . Therefore, buskers should line up each morning at Pitt st Mall for an hour-long spot to play. Besides, maximum of 2 hours for standard busking and maximum of 8 hours for pavement art are allowed  at elsewhere except Pitt St Mall in the Sydney City.

“The policy makes it hard for us, absolutely, but if you obey it, it would be fine. Have a fight with policy is not cool, you don’t want that, kill you survive.” Richard said, “I have been also dealing with councils, you know, if you busk a lot, the council will restrict you a lot.”

“It’s so worthy for the good time,sun is not predictable, you can’t expect everything from busking, because it would be passed down for a week with rain, then you can’t perform, you can’t sell CDs and make money, it isn’t reliable, so don’t rely on busking forever.” said Richard.

A documentary of Richard, filmed in Sydney, shot and edited by Qian (Angela) Lu.

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Are Chinese students paying too much studying in Australia?

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According to a recent HSBC report, the cost of study in Australia is higher than in any other country such as the US and UK. The total cost for international study in Australia, including annual fees and cost of living, is calculated at USD 42,000 a year. Also, Australia has the most proportion of international students—about 20 percent of the country’s higher education enrolments are international, compared to the global average of about 7 percent. Among those, Chinese students have a large proportion.

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The universities in Australia publish both the academic and International students’ fee on the school website, including the University of Sydney. In the website, take the Master of Commence as an example, which has a large proportion of Chinese students, we can see the study fee for International students is $40,000.00 per year, compared to the academic student fee which is $29,500.00 per year. Even so, the university increases the International tuition fee every year.

According to Australian dollar rate, there is bad news for Chinese students, which means that Chinese students are now likely to get less Australian dollars in exchange for their home currency.

So in this article, I want to see whether Chinese students are paying too much studying in Australia. This topic is of relevance for International students especially Chinese students in Australia that it is a major finance issue that takes the importance of students’ lives and study. It is an educational issue and highly discussed in the recent years with the popularity of studying abroad.

I plan to interview two Chinese students who are studying in the University of Sydney, Kristy and Lily. Kristy has been studying in Sydney for about seven years. She went to Sydney when she was a high school student, and now she is about to get her master diploma. By contrast, Lily has been in Sydney for only two months.

I would like to focus on their life stories. I will ask them how much they have to pay every semester and where the tuition fee comes from—earned by themselves or given by their parents. I would also feature how they feel about the tuition fee, whether it is a burden to their family. Also, I will ask them about their family situation, what does it mean to their family for spending about AU $10,000 every year.

After telling the stories of Kristy and Lily, researches about the current International tuition fee of the popular courses will be quoted from the data In the USYD website. I will compare the International tuition fee with the academic tuition fee. Besides this, Australian scholarship and fellowship will be looked into, especially the scholarship for Chinese students, such as how do they apply for the scholarship, what are the limits, and the amount of the scholarship.

The news story will be suitable to the education websites such as Top Universities and Study in Australia because it can give the main information that are relevant to the Chinese students who are going to study in Australia.

Congying Li

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