Australia China Alumni Association


Monthly Newsletter: Issue #96


March 2018

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Spring Greetings!


The ACAA's Welcome Back Receptions 2018 kicked off the 2018 Event Calendar with a bang! The WBR in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Kunming involved over 100 alumni, many of whom are new faces in the alumni community.


We are also thrilled to engage alumni in Kunming with our first WBR in Kunming this year. Meanwhile, our joint events with other Australia-China organisations have restarted, with the Monthly Happy Hour Drink taking place in Guangzhou in late March. 


We were also delighted to support the alumni reception hosted by UQ and Deakin and greet their alumni in person this month.


Our Mentor Program 2018 starts in April; please stay tuned for more news across ACAA's media channels. 


The ACAA Team



ACAA Welcome Back Receptions 2018
14th March 2018
Sponsor: Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai
The Shanghai session was one day ahead of that in Guangzhou and was held in Sasha’s restaurant. After a brief introduction of the ACAA, Australian Consul Mr John Fowler expressed his warm welcome to all participants. Two of our outstanding alumni, Ms Jackie Hong and Ms Wenny Wu, joined us to share a wealth of extremely useful career development advice. With an intimate crowd, we were able to play two fun rounds of Human Bingo game with eight lucky alumni winning bottles of sparkling wine!
15th March 2018
Sponsor: Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou & CPA Austrlia
Following similar arrangements to the Shanghai event, the Guangzhou WBR was held in CPA Australia’s South China office the following day. With a delicious spread of food, nice Australian wine and a great view of the city from 25th floor, the Australian Consul-General Mr Jason Robertson welcomed attendees and the event proceeded with a very relaxing tone. Local alumni Mr George Xia and Ms Lynn Tan joined us to share their experiences about building up a career and answered participants’ questions. After the first lucky draw, we were delighted to see such active interaction among the group during Human Bingo, again leading to 8 lucky winners.


22nd March 2018

Sponsor: Australian Embassy in Beijing & CPA Austrlia



The Beijing event was held in the Yan Jing Lane Nubis Hub with close to 50 alumni joining us on Thursday night. Following the warm welcome given by the Counsellor of Public Affairs and Culture, Ms Maree Ringland, the Australia Embassy Beijing’s new China Alumni Engagement Manager, Mr Tony Fu, was introduced and greeted our alumni. Ms Wendy Wang, an UTS alumna, kicked off the sharing session with valuable advice and her experiences as an HR Director, followed by Mr Hanson Li, a UNSW alumnus, with his experience starting his own business and then by Ms Catherine Liu, a Macquarie alumna, who shared her footprints walking down the financial career path. A very lively session of Human Bingo produced four lucky winners. There was a great atmosphere throughout the session that led to a whole pile of new connections between the alumni.




24th March 2018

Sponsor: Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu



The last session of the ACAA 2018 Welcome Back Receptions was in Kunming, and was the first time the WBR has visited there. Starting with a brief introduction of ACAA, one of the founding members of Yunnan Chapter, Ms Sophia Lin was appointed as the main Chapter Contact Person. The Deputy Consul-General Mr Tony Walter expressed his warm welcome to the attendees with his delight of visiting Kunming for the first time. Ms Lin was also our guest speaker of our sharing session, at which she shared some key points to a successful career.  Four alumni found their bingo combination and won the prize. Once again, there was a definite buzz in the air as attendees met new friends and contacts.




The ACAA has been hosting Welcome Back Receptions in China for the last few years and this is the first time we introduced speed-networking games to encourage an increased level of alumni interaction. We were delighted to see every single attendee join and make efforts to get to know the local alumni community! 



Once again, thank you to CPA Australia, the Australian Embassy Beijing and the Australian Consulate Generals in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu for their support in making these events possible!




Happy Hour Drinks Guangzhou

23rd March 2018



We held our first Happy Hour Drinks of 2018 at Morton's last Friday, which was a great way to catch up with friends for the first time since Chinese New Year. With an extended happy hour and a live band, we were delighted to see familiar and new faces gathering together for our signature after-work mixer. 


Happy Hour Drinks is a regular event, that is hosted by ACAA, AustCham, ACYPI and ACYA.  It is open not only to members and the wider Australian-China business community, but is also a great opportunity to build up more friends and connections, all with a stunning view of the Pearl River in the background.


Next month's event will be on the terrace ay Morton's, which has an open air view of the river and more seating for more people! See you there.



Partner News


CQUniversity Bundaberg Welcomes Chinese Study Group




Last month CQUniversity Bundaberg welcomed 24 students and three teachers from China’s Guangxi University.

The delegation was on a two-week study tour of the region where they studied English at CQUni, explored local industries including agricultural farms and performed a Chinese New Year celebration at the local theatre.

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region, Professor Andy Bridges explained that the annual delegation is arranged in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Council and is an important initiative for CQUniversity and the region.

“Outbound and inbound exchanges provide great benefits to the students involved as they get to experience university life in another country and immerse themselves in a different culture.”
Were you an international student who studied at CQUniversity Australia? You study story has a powerful impact on our current and future students; share yours to inspire students, and give them an understanding of what it’s like to study in Australia.


Alumni Profile


Lydia Zang

University of South Australia Alumna



*By University of South Australia


Ms. Lydia Zang is currently the Operations Manager of Merchandise at Shanghai Disney Resort and is very much a contributing member of this empire.


After joining Walt Disney English Education in 2009 and demonstrating her prowess, she followed a path of promotion from Centre Manager to District Manager to National Sales Manager and then to Area Manager, where she is responsible for 380 cast members across multiple cities in China’s eastern region. In her current role she manages merchandise operations across 10 locations in the resort.


Developing staff and growing the business are what Lydia is most proud of: “I have developed more than 20 managers at Disney English. I helped them grow from sales or trainers to a role in management.”


When Shanghai Disney Resort originally opened, Lydia started with just one cast member and has since grown the team to 400.


With a responsibility for so many employees, Lydia focuses on building a strong and happy team by motivating and engaging the cast members through inspirational and storytelling.


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