Why Daigou wipe out Australia market?

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According to the report of Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian oversea student earned 40,000 dollars by Daigou milk powder in a year. This similar incident happened frequently, and more Chinese oversea students have operated their Daigou career successfully in Australia. Although Daigou makes local people lacks of milk powder indirectly and leads to the controversy in Australia, but some of them expressed they had difficulties to do Daigou and compared with the store of Daigou, they just earned little money to feed themselves.

High-quality and High-profit of the products

Daigou, is to find people to purchase the products which are not sold in consumer’s location or more expensive than other countries, so they ask others to buy it and deliver to them by express or bringing it to them directly.

Australia is famous for its baby formula, milk powder and health care products thanks to its high quality. Since “milk scandal” happened in China, Chinese people were worried about domestic milk, so they began to target at international market and use varieties ways to import baby formula. Also, Australia has many Chinese oversea students and immigrations and they have found Daigou seemed like a good chance to earn profit. Thus, Daigou have become more popular among Chinese.


Image from interviewee

“I have begun my Daigou since two months later after I studied in the University. At first, my friends and relatives ask me to buy something and express to them, but I found Daigou consumed my time and labor, so I began to collect extra money to feed myself, then I found Daigou could earn more money than I thought and some of my friends also did Daigou, so when I had spare time, I did Daigou to earn profits”, Jenny Liu, a business student who have done Daigou for more than years said.

Comparing with China, the product price of Sydney is much more expensive, so in the store of Daigou, Chinese restaurant and Chinese market, Chinese oversea students are everywhere. In fact, although Daigou is tried, but the work time Daigou is free and the consumers are settled, so basically, there have not so much problems during Daigou.

“The price in Sydney is much more expensive than my hometown, although my parents can support me, I don’t want to use so much money. Furthermore, I usually have many assignments and presentations to do, so I have no stable time to do part-time in the restaurant or market. Daigou can satisfy the conditions and also earn considerable money, so that’s why I want to do Daigou,” Jenny said, “I’m not saying doing Daigou is a good thing, but sometimes the high price and life pressure push me try to think how to earn more money to support myself”.

All blame on Chinese people is right or wrong?

Contraposing Daigou, lots of Australian mom have complained on the local website and social media and doubted Australian retailers, suppliers and managers need to do more actions to stop Daigou. Local people complained they could not tolerate this behavior and blamed Chinese to stop Daigou. Costy Williams is a mother who is living in Sydney, she published a post on the Facebook and said she could not find any Bellamy milk power in Coles around 20 kilometers. Some Australians rebuked Chinese ‘Daigou’ and buyers bought all the milk powder from supermarkets, even some people posted several pictures about Chinese people ‘wiped out’ Bellamy and Aptamil milk powder in the supermarket.

“When I access to the area of milk powder in Coles or Woolworth, I can feel some strange sight from local people, but I think they can not blame us totally. I have heard from my boss that some local people, even Woolworth staffs will convey many milk powders to Chinese people who are operating the store of Daigou with high prices, in order to earn more money. Thus, sometimes they are willing to do this”, said Lily Yang, a student who is doing part-time job in the store of Daigou.

Sometimes, Chinese students can not buy the products from supermarket or chemistry, so they come to the store of Daigou to buy what they need to purchase. In Australia, the store of Daigou is everywhere, especially in the city or the suburb where Chinese people live in. Jackson Wang, a boss of the store of Daigou, has opened several sub branches in Sydney.

“The supply of the milk powder and baby formula is from local retailers which can guarantee their qualification in my store, and most of my customers always buy a box of milk powders and baby formulas. We have cooperated with express companies, so we can get some of the goods from those companies,” Jackson said, “as for our health care products, sometimes I pay money to local people and ask them to buy lots of health products from many chemistry store, and we sell them with higher price.”


Image from interviewee’s mobile

Making rules is not enough

Recognizing the serious situation of Daigou, Australian Government stipulated that small exports of baby formula are legal but those over 10kg must be sourced from registered export establishments, have a health certificate and meet all of China’s import requirements. Failure to meet these standards can incur penalties of up to 12 months’ jail, while providing false information can result in five years in jail. With the alteration of Australian law, express firms also change their stipulation of delivering milk products and health care products. In supermarket, one person can just buy two baby formulas. However, Lily indicated that she can ask her friends to help her buy the milk products, so the regulation could not restrict her.

In conclusion, Daigou in Australia is not acknowledged by local government, but some of them do Daigou is to earn extra money to support their daily life, but some of them do Daigou as a normal career. The development of Daigou also let local people see the chance to earn more profits, so local retailers are willing to cooperate with Daigou store to gain more money. In another aspect, the rule that Australian government established can not solve this question totally, local people still appeal government to pay attention to Daigou.

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

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.


Kundalini (Image source: http://kundaliniproblems.com/kundalini_energy_what_is_it.htm



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.

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

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.


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!”


“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.”


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?



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.”


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.


Image source: http://www.linkedin.com


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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PLZ, Save Tasmanian Devils Like Saving Panda!

Tasmanian Devil one of the unique animals in Australia

There are many species of animals are facing extinct, however, some of them are not as popular as panda, Tasmanian Devils are one of the animals in danger. “The name of Devils is confusing that people may have heard of it, but some people don’t really understand what the animal actually looks like” Said by Katherine Farquharson, a PhD candidate of Faculty of Veterinary of Science at the University of Sydney.

About Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devils is the only animals of the family Dasyuridae, which facing the situation of being extinct. Several reasons worsen the situation of Devils, including the Devil Facial Tumour Disease, an infectious tumour disease among Devils, and human effects. Because of the interest and passion of animals, Katherine chose her bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. “I think as an Australian species,” Katherine said, “it’s really important that people in Australia to take time to study this species, to pay attention about this animal.” It is not all the Australians know the situation about Tasmanian Devils, by the contract, most of Chinese people know that panda is in danger and need us to save, that might result the situation of Devils being worse.

Tasmanian Devil is one of the Australian animals like koala and kangaroo, which is experiencing a serious situation. The Devil Facial Tumour Disease is definitely being a large cause of a population decline. Katherine added that, “But adding to that, habitat loss problems and road kill, the human effects, are also leading to the decline of wild population of Devils.” Tasmanian Devils have already suffering the disease and the population of Devils is already small on the Tasmania Island. “I think because this animal just occurs in Tasmania, and people in Australia don’t go to Tasmania, don’t understand these issues. But there are a lot of works as well, to save the species. Although in the wild is declining but captive population has been really successful, that what I work on as well.” Katherine told that. The captive population of Devils is managed by the whole project to save Tasmanian Devils among different groups or programs to make sure this population healthy without the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

Devil with DFTD

The Programs and saving project for Tasmanian Devils

The release of Tasmanian devils need to be monitor to make sure the safety of the Devils from the insurance population back to wild. “It’s a careful process, to pick the right devils that they think could do best in the wild again to make sure that they have the best chance of surviving, in the hope that they won’t get the disease.” The releasing process of the whole project to make sure a natural environment for the captive population and be quarantine from the Devil Facial Tumour Disease. “They can’t get the disease but it still an island of Tasmania called Maria Island. So, it’s like a natural habitat and that’s been very successful. And they currently release more and more next month I think.” Katherine said. The reproduction of the captive Devils in the wild area could help increase the healthy population of wild Devils. Katherine also told me that “the insurance devils, which back to the wild again, will support the wild population but we also need to make sure they have enough captivity to keep the captive population healthy. So, we don’t release them all at once, it’s a balance.”

New Babies of Tasmanian Devils

The group of Katherine in the University of Sydney is cooperate with other programs or organisations such as Save The Tasmanian Devil Program of Tasmanian Government and Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA). “My work has been in collaboration with the ZAA,” Kathrine said, “they are responsible for managing the captive population of devils, ZAA also work with the Save The Tasmanian Devil Program as well. On another aspect, a lot of work that our group does is to do with the genetic diversity of the devils to making sure the population healthy.” Different organisation and programs work on slightly different projects which allow the different parts of the whole saving Tasmanian Devils program to share information with each other. “We share the research, so the different groups work on slightly different projects which allows us to all kind of work together to solve different problems.”

The process of releasing some of insurance Devil population back into the wild is successful. The cooperation with different zoos increase the awareness of people about Devils, however, which is not enough.

To raise the public awareness of Tasmanian Devils is still on a long way

The education for the young generation about Tasmanian Devils in schools in Australia provides the way for students to get the common understanding of Devils and its situation. Katherine told that “Most of young people are quite aware of Tasmanian Devils, or at least, they understand or have heard about the disease.” However, Devils could not be understood as well overseas. Compare with panda in China, the results of the promotion of panda, such as various cartoon characters like Kong Fu Panda, and “panda diplomacy” engage the public to know about panda. The cartoon of Tasmanian Devil who called Taz with sharp tooth and big mouth to make audience have the confusion about what kind of animal that Devils is. “Devils are scavenger rarely attack human or other animals. They keep biological diversity balanced in the Tasmania Island, against the fox. They are cute not like their name like a devil.” As the program—Save The Tasmanian Devil Program — the awareness is growing and coming more international.

Source from: https://www.ndsccenter.org/ndsc-film-expert-reviews-kung-fu-panda-3/
Source from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Devil_(Looney_Tunes)


“There are currently approximately 600 Tasmanian devils in the captive insurance population in Australia. Moreover, there are currently Tasmanian devils at two zoos in America, three zoos in New Zealand, and one zoo in Denmark. This is part of the ‘Ambassador Devils’ program to promote awareness of the Tasmanian devil overseas.”

Fortunately, the situation of Tasmanian Devils is becoming better by the reintroductions programs, the captive population is keeping a balanced increase. The public awareness about saving Devils could be raised through the promotion overseas like people about panda. “The background of the reason why Devils becoming extinct may complicated, but Devils need the chance to survive.  Perhaps one day there will be Tasmanian devils in China!”

Useful websites for all the readers to know more about Tasmanian Devils


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The biggest part of Australian tourism market—Chinese visitors

More and more Chinese visitors like to travel to Australia for their vacation, and the reason that why they choose Australia as their destination needs to be explored that can improve Australian tourism market developments. High quality environment, cheaper and high quality products and a chance of parents to join their child’s graduation are the three main reasons.


The increasing number of Chinese visitors has took the great status in Australian tourism market, Chinese visitors is the biggest consumer group. This situation has influence on the other filed in whole Australian society, such as overseas education and property investment. So the reason of Chinese are keen on traveling to Australia cannot be ignored.


The high quality of environment in Australia is the first thing to attractive Chinese visitor, especially the air quality. Owing to that Chinese air quality is in a worrying environment issue in Chinese society. PM 2.5 is the most serious issue especially in Beijing, moreover, PM 2.5 still has negative influence on citizen’s healthy. As a result, the high air quality will has the most attraction of Chinese tourists.


Chan Chen, who is a Chinese visitor traveling to Australia more than three times in five years, said, “I have travelled to Australia biennially, just because air quality in Australia better than China. I love the weather and the sunshine in Australia, which I cannot feel in China in several years.” Xin Cheng, who is a graduate of the University of Sydney, accompanied with her grandparents and parents, said, “I just want to let my grandparents to feel fresh air and sunshine.”


High air quality is taking the great part in choice of Chinese visitors during them making a travelling plan. Sunshine is also another aspect when visitors doing a choice, owing to that PM 2.5 blocking the sunshine, so people cannot receive Vitamin D, so there are some healthy issue in Chinese citizens.


Second aspect of reason that Chinese visitors choose Australia as the first choice is that the graduation of their child. To join graduate ceremony and taking a trip in Australia is the reason of most Chinese parents.


Boshen Wang, who is a manager in a travel agency only for Chinese visitor, said, “Most of Chinese elder visitor travelling to Australia just for their children’s graduate ceremony, and this may the only chance to travel to overseas.” Boshen added, “Because the working schedule affects that they do not have the spare time to travel abroad. Owing to this situation, my company will give the different specific plan for different clients according to their own condition.” Ting Wang who is a mother of a student in the University of Sydney gave a statement about her own travelling experience. “I am very busy in daily working life, I do not have time to travel, not only for overseas trip, but also in domestic travel, if my daughter do not study in Sydney, and maybe I would never have a chance travel to Australia in recent years.” Moreover, she is a client of Boshen’s company, for the reason that she chose an agency for her trip, she said, “I just want to let my trip easily and find an agency to help me to do all the application thing and making a professional plan is better than I do this things by myself.” However, Qiuchen Xie, who is a mother for a student in the University of New South Wales, has different opinion. “I did travelling plan by my son and myself, in my person opinion, this time maybe is my the only chance to travel to Australia, so I want to do the suitable plan for myself, and the experience of the application is a good challenge for me.”

Owing to that more and more Chinese students study in Australia, the tourism market in Australia has been drove. The consumer group in this situation is Chinese parents. In another hand, this will also drive the education income of Australian university. These parents will spread good information of Australian education to their friends, which will attract more Chinese students study abroad.


Finally, the reason of Chinese visitors travel to Australia is cheaper and high quality stuffs. The quality of Chinese production is a serious issue, especially, the milk powder of baby. This is the reason that a new career named Daigou occurs, which is a group of Chinese people who study or live in overseas to do purchase to Chinese market in personal way. The most popular production is milk powder of baby.


Jie Shu is a manager of a souvenir shop, she said, “Many of my costumers are visitors from China, during the travelling process they will buy many Australian products for their friends and family. Some of them we called MPB (Milk Powder Buyer).” One of the interviewees in the shop said, “I do not want to let my name in a feature, but I can tell my personal experience about the aim of my travelling. When the first time I travelled to Sydney, some of my friends asked me to buy some milk powder for their little baby, and I found it is a good way to earn some money during my trip, I know it is illegal, but this really attract me to do this business. And the cheaper production is really good for me to send gift for my friends and for myself.”


Despite buying some souvenirs during trip is an illegal way to earn money, but still many Chinese visitors doing this kind of business. Moreover, cheaper production really attracts some young ladies to travel to Australia to buy it.


As for Chinese visitors, Australia is heaven of travelling. High quality environment, cheaper products and suitable travelling service specific for Chinese parents, these elements are the good for Chinese visitors experience in Australia.


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40% Failure Rate? Chinese business students demand fair go from Uni

Sydney in July has already stepped into winter. It is cold now, even more for a boy’s heart. His name is Angus, a postgraduate student of the business school of the University of Sydney. The results of the examination of buss5000(critical thinking in business) has already been published two weeks ago and nearly 40 percent of students failed in this course. Angus heard that those students wrote a joint letter to the Chinese consulate in Sydney asking for help. They formed a group to argued with school leaders and reportedly has already made some progresses.

Angus, a postgraduate student of Business School of the University of Sydney. Photo:Eva HE

Delayed until now, Angus has just checked his marks online, finding that he failed the examination of buss5000. The ringtone comes from his mobile phone, the message shows on the screen that his already booked airplane tickets must be picked up three hours earlier before the boarding time tomorrow. He is going to back home and prepare for a short internship in China. But now, he feels like his mission in life become void of any meaning. He slides to power off the phone, thinking carefully what he is going  to do next.

Abercrombie Business School (ABS Building) in distance looks exceptionally dazzling, Angus feels unfair that he paid expensive tuition fees which is nearly 4500 AU dollars per course, but now,

Inner decoration of the ABS Building. Photo: Eva HE

he must pay additional 4500 AU dollars for retaking this course. “School needs huge money to build more beautiful buildings, so tutors failed me on purpose”, he thinks to himself subconsciously. Just then, three of his classmates look distressed coming over to him, asking him about the test results. Angus shakes his head slowly: “I failed buss5000…” “So did us.” “So what exactly happened this time? I heard that so many Chinese international students failed this semester. Is  that all about double pass that we must pass both final and weekly test?” said Chris angrily.

The failing rate of buss5000 is nearly 40 percent this semester, some students think there was something wrong with the marks of the exam paper and the school staff discriminated against international students. While the truth is that undergraduate business school students have the similar course just like buss5000 and their failing rates are much higher than 40 percent. For example, accounting course, failed more than 40 percent students last year, why didn’t they make troubles and wrote a joint letter to the Chinese consulate in Sydney asking for help?

“I don’t know.” Angus curled his lip and said: “One of our elder classmates,  the president of the Chinese Union of Students Jiang called me earlier this afternoon, he claims that we cannot deny the fact that in recent years, school have started to enlarge the recruitment and building,  it makes sense that students think failing us could be a good money-making idea. But we should keep calm rather than going to extreme. There may be some problems with the teaching methods of the tutors and some unreasonable elements about curriculum and tests. However, as a international student who passed the buss5000 in this semester, he said that we must take seriously about our English skills.”

There are so many Chinese international students studying in business school and some of them think buss5000 is not a big deal. They can pass the exam without paying efforts. So may be tutors want to correct their perception on this course. Some of the students noticed that lots of students failed buss5000 so they just want to get involved and protect themselves from responsibilities.

The back photo of Jennifer who wants her full-face photo being kept secret.          Photo: Eva HE.

“That is true.” Chris added. “Yesterday I had a coffee with Jennifer, the international relations director of the business society, she claimed that she had seen some feedback comments that Chinese students posted on the official college  website. Their English cannot make them pass the regular test actually. Some of them even look for essay-writing services to pass a certain course. Those students who make troubles are selfish, they made the news bigger and push staffs of the Chinese Consulate to negotiate with school leaders about this issue. They blamed all the faults to school and ruined school’s reputation.”

The photo of essay-writing service taken from the doors of the ladies room in the ABS Building. Photo: Eva HE

Angus turns on his phone, surfing on some social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Sina Weibo to see the public opinions about this issue in and abroad Australia.

There are hot debates in the WeChat Group that students who failed the buss5000 constituted. Some students claimed that the tutors are irresponsible and have prejudice on those Chinese students. But Angus is rational that his tutor, Tasbir, always take particular care of our Chinese students. If you ask her questions, she would answer it with patience. Most Chinese students who blamed tutors never ask tutors questions during consulting time when they get confused about the class, of course. They think there English sucks so they are afraid of asking questions.

Angus rethinks this issue that he may consider himself of hard-working students while his friend YUI have commented that he was not diligent at all. When he studied in fisher library, he always playing his mobile phone to surf the internet, just like most students sitting around him. His learning efficiency should be improved. Beside, the class is not really difficult that he should take every class seriously and do some pre-exam tests that tutors provided before examination. He remembers an article published online recently, which reported the comments of this failing issue said by Professor John Shields, the Vice President of business school of the University of Sydney for some details about this failure rate several days ago. Professor John stated that students should notice that not all of the students who failed buss5000 are Chinese international students, there are also local students who failed the test as well as Chinese international students who got HD in this test. The English skills of those Chinese international students maybe unable to cover all the classes. IELTS test results could not totally rank your English skills. It just like you passing the driving test with full marks while it doesn’t mean that you are good at driving in real life. English should be exercised and improved in daily life.

“But does it mean that there are something wrong with the sources of international students of our university?” Angus looks at Chris.

Australia’s international education sector has undergone a rapid growth over the past decade. As statistic shows, the amounts of the cost of international students peaking at 19.2 billion AU dollars in 2015, an increase of 2.2 billion AU dollars in 2014, which strengthened the dominant position of international education industries in Australia. Australian Federal Ministry of Education claimed that there are nearly 650 thousand Chinese international students studying in Australia in 2015 and China became the world’s largest source for international students at Australian universities.

“It doesn’t really matter at all. We students should learn to accept that results are not always the ones we expected. We should find the reasons of our own.” Angus talks to himself.

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The photos of advertisements of Chinese tutorials taken from the doors of the ladies room in the ABS Building. Photo: Eva HE

What should be mentioned is the fact that Chinese international student representatives put forwarded some advices on the symposium held in 2015 and school leaders accepted the advices with an open mind, which reflected that school leaders had determination to enhance their teaching quality and efficiency. School leaders also stated the  fact that there are so many tutorial classes that Chinese people opened outside school, which was of low efficiency, so there would be additional tutorials opened freely every week in the next semester for students to ask tutors questions within school.


(  Student Name: Eva HE           Student Number: 450427655           Word Count: 1251  )


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