Asian Consumption at Odds with Australian Recycling

Our relationships with our rubbish and waste matter are complex and evolving. As human beings living within differing communities, countries and cultures, we are all at various stages on the waste management spectrum. In the ghettos of India, for example, the denizens of these waste lands utilise every spec of material stuff for their lives and lifestyles. There is no such thing as waste in these places. In more moderately wealthy villages and cities in parts of Asia, you will find garbage strewn about with no visible plan for its management. In very wealthy suburbs in Asian cities there are clean streets and reasonably tidy bins, as there are in the majority of urban locales in the west.

Asian Consumption at Odds with Australian Recycling

When Asians emigrate to countries like Australia, many of them are unfamiliar with the recycling practices of the council-run communities that they may move into. Thus, you get yellow lidded recycling bins being filled with general rubbish by these newly arrived residents. They may come from a culture, which has no experience with urban waste management. Well, like many new kids on the block they are faced with many new things to learn. Waste management is big business in the twenty first century, meaning that there is a lot of money in dealing with people’s crap.

We all know that there is far too much packaging in our lives. Which means, that it is the recycling bin that collects more stuff than any other bin. Education and training are vital if new Australians are to get with the program and abide by their responsibilities within their residential communities. Household rubbish removal has rules and guidelines like every other part of our lives, when we live in modern societies.

This is why PR and educational programs are so important to industries like waste management. The fact of the matter is, that it requires a great deal of repetition and saying the same things in a variety of ways to get the message across. Whether the audience is Asian or African, Anglo-Saxon or something else again, the message about recycling needs to be continually put to the fore. Everywhere we, as Australians look, we should see creative reminders about the importance of recycling. At some point in time the penny drops for most people, but the message must always be expressed throughout the community on all platforms and channels.

Being Asian in Australia: My Experience

In a 2011 census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are at least 2.4 million Australian residents that are of Asian descent. This number does not include immigrants, laborers, office workers, students and tourists who are plying the streets Down Under. Based on the same data, the Chinese, Indian and Filipino ancestries dominate the Asian-Australian community.

You will see Asians everywhere in Australia. As a matter of fact, 37 percent of them are athletes and seen on national television. More so, 20 percent of doctors in the country are Asian.

Being Asian in Australia: My Experience

As an Asian in Australia, I don’t find the previously stated statistical data that helpful. In fact, I’m more eager to know information on how other Asians in the country are living their lives. Do they experience the same societal stereotypes as I do?

I will never forget my experience in a restaurant with a friend the first time I was in Sydney. The city is traditionally a melting pot of Asian culture. As such, I supposed that the people here are accustomed to interacting with people that are of Asian heritage. While at this restaurant, the waiter approached our table and tried to get our orders. After my Caucasian friend had given his order, the waiter pointed at me and asked my friend if I had something in mind. I interrupted the waiter and told that I want this and that. And yes, in fluent English. I don’t find it rude, but funny that he thought I don’t know their language.

Another amusing thing about being Asian is that they expect you to be good at nearly everything, especially in Math. To be honest, I’m not that bright. I also struggle with my Xs and Ys.

Asian Realization

Back to my homeland, I did not stand out that much. A lot of people are far better looking, more successful, and more brilliant. But here in Australia, it seems that I’m the star. Aussies have this stereotype that Asians are well-educated, talented and professionals. Because of this typecast, Aussies see me as well-educated, talented and professional.

According to Stuart Hall, a cultural theorist, this type of positive racial discrimination is normal. Being Asian in Asia is nothing to be talked about. But once an Asian sets foot in a foreign, non-Asian land, his “Asian-ness” becomes noticeable. This includes the cultural stereotypes associated with the Asian race.

Asian Australians Combatting Racism

A huge number of individuals go experience racism from others due to their color and origins. Some people are quick to give negative remarks judging others just because of their race. Unfortunately, Australia is not free from the very said issue with a number of racism casing being reported regularly. Let us explore the racist issues in Australia and how others were able to combat them effectively.

Racism is a prevalent case in Australia most notably with the Muslim and black community. Anti-Muslim prejudice has led to Muslim kids being subject to police raids and locked up for thought crimes that in most cases are no more than the expression of entirely justified outrage at the policies of the government. Furthermore, Muslim refugees are detained indefinitely in concentration camps because they might be terrorists.

It is also quite apparent that also racism pervades Australia’s top jobs according to Race Discrimination Commissioner. In a working group with the likes of the Australia Human Rights Commission, PwC, Westpac and the University of Sydney, Dr Soutphommasane commenced research into cultural diversity in Australian leadership. The findings reveal that among top leadership roles in Australian politics, business and tertiary education, Anglo-Celtic and Australians with European ancestry are over-represented.

Even peaceful protestors aren’t spared from prejudice. Recent news showed an anti-racism campaigner was pepper-sprayed by police during a one-man protest in Melbourne’s CBD. Mr Katagar said he was protesting peacefully – in his usual spot between the tram tracks outside the Young and Jackson pub – when he was asked to move by a group of police officers he had not seen before. Mr Katagar launched his campaign against racism last year after being told by a doctor he wouldn’t understand the medical system because he was from Africa and couldn’t understand English.

It is good to hear however that even with the prevalent racism cases, support coming from the online community has been increasing. A good example of this is the outpouring of social media support which has buoyed a Cairns cafe worker’s spirits after a customer refused to be served by her because of the colour of her skin.

During a busy period in the Cairns cafe where Ms Ajak works as a shift supervisor she took over the cash register, trying to get a growing queue on the move.’

“This elderly woman approached the counter in a wheelchair and I greeted her as I would anyone else,” Ms Ajak said.

“She just looked at me and said ‘I refuse to be served by a black person, can you get me a white lady?’.”

The incident was documented in a Facebook post by her friend Jade Arevalo, which has received more than 700 shares, 16,000 likes and hundreds of comments of disgust. The post encouraged others to show support for Ms Ajak which has resulted in a huge wave of new customers to the store, who specifically ask for her assistance.

It is good to hear that with the help of modern technology, more and more individuals have raised awareness with the ongoing racism issue many are facing. The online community is keen on sharing such news receiving the fair share of the spotlight in just a short amount of time. Ms Ajak’s case is one of the many positive cases where racism was conquered. We hope to see more continuing support with the online community in the future as well.

Events & News in Sydney’s Asian Community

Sydney’s south western suburbs played host to thousands of animated festival goers for the September 3rd & 4th Moon Festival, a celebration of the 15th of the 8th lunar month also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. Asian Culture is deeply embedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese being an important event full of legendary stories and a popular occasion for large, family reunions for both Chinese and Vietnamese families.

An annual event determined by the equinox, when daylight and darkness are at an equal length, almost 80’000 festival goers attended browsing the food stalls, musical performances, live theatre including acrobatics & dance and of course the traditional Cantonese Lion Dance Parade, a must see spectacle! Fairfield City Mayor Mr. Frank Carbone praised the festival as providing such a valuable contribution to the surrounding local communities.

One of the few festivals even bigger in size and scale than the Moon Festival is the Chinese New Year Festival, a month long epic running from late January until early February. Hurstville Sydney will once again host a giant street show and parade with activities and fireworks galore encompassing the finest of Asian culture, traditions and arts with crowds milling until late in the night.

The other events are the traditional eye-dotting ceremony where the new lion dance costume is placed at the altar. This ceremony empowers the lion to do its duty of protecting the community, along with bringing them good luck, health and prosperity. The ceremony will be followed by group dances, singing events, lucky draw and the highlight of the evening, an interactive and traditional style costume parade.

As any Asian will tell you, no festival is complete without good food, and that is something which is found in abundance across the Hurstville location, stall upon stall of Asian delicacies and typical cooking demonstrations.

Asian festivals are full of colour and grandeur from plates of delicious foods to performances involving mythical creatures. Stories based on belief and legend have captured the imagination of writers for centuries and they’re now told with great joy on these festivals. Another important date is the Thai Water Lantern Festival which takes place across Parramatta, Sydney mid-November. Entry is free to witness the unveiling of ‘Loy Krathong’ a celebration of ushering in good luck and warding off evil by floating water lanterns in the river. The event will showcase intricate crafts from Thailand, traditional music, cultural performance by fire dancers, stunning fireworks displays as well as a water fountain display. Last but not the least, make sure you take part in the ritual act of launching the candle-lit Krathongs on the river as you make a wish for good fortune.

In fact, almost four percent of the Australian population is of Chinese heritage and Sydney is home to over half the Chinese population. The first generation of ethnic refugees and migrants came to Australia in the 1980s and have since prospered and integrated as students, employees, families, investors, business owners and heads of major corporations. Increasingly various Chinese social media platforms are showing high activity in the Sydney area. Chinese migrants take their culture with them when they travel and instill their history and values into their children who, in turn, enshrine these bonds as they adopt Australia and become valued members of society.

The main ethnic Chinese are from China, Hong Kong, Macau, East Timor, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos. The one great common denominator is that all of Sydney’s Asian community take great pride and real care in honouring long held tradition and beliefs with the finest event and festival celebrations they can produce with the time and resources at hand.

Malaysian Australians: Integrating Issues

It is fascinating to consider that the first Malay immigrant to Australia was possibly a twenty-two-year-old convict called Ajoup, who arrived in Sydney in 1837. Ajoup had been sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation to the NSW colony in Cape Town. Interestingly, I did not realise that convicts were sent from South Africa and possibly other parts of the British Empire to Australia at that time.  Aloup would get his ticket of leave in 1843. The next recorded migrations of Malays were related to the pearl diving industry in Western Australia, the sugar plantations in Queensland and labouring in South Australian mines. There were some one hundred and forty nine Malays living and working in Australia in 1871.

Malaysian Australians: Integrating Issues

It was not until the 1950s that a larger Malay presence was firmly established in this country. This was in response to the Malayan Emergency and involved students and evacuees from this military conflict. The 1961 Census registered some five thousand seven hundred plus Malaysian-born people living in Australia. The 2013 Census shows them to be the ninth largest immigrant group in the nation, with a population just under one hundred and fifty thousand strong.

So, what are some of the integration issues confronting this large group of Australians? Malaysian Australians are seen to be one of the most cohesive communities in this multicultural country. A 2007 Australian government report saw the Malaysian born people as very well integrated into their new home nation. The Australia Malaysian Singapore Association was formed in 1970 and has gone onto to organise a host of successful multicultural community events around the country. The Malay Australian Association of New South Wales was established in 1988, with a focus on the many Malay Muslims living here. Mosques have been built in Perth and Sydney.

The Malaysian Islamic community have a largely positive relationship with Australians of different faiths. This is a solid achievement when you consider the issues facing Muslims right around the globe in relation to hard-line extremist organisations like ISIS. Islamic terrorism is linked to Malaysia through the presence of Jemaah Islamiyah in that country; and its involvement in the Bali bombings. The Malaysian government, however, is staunchly opposed to these religious extremists and terrorists. A shared religion can be a difficult thing, but Muslims around the world are learning to separate their beliefs from the policing of dangerous elements within their countries. Australia was shocked when the Malaysian government recently backed Islamic law ‘hudud’, which can include amputation and stoning of guilty people. It is a challenge facing theocracies in the East, to leave behind the barbaric past when it comes to governing in the twenty first century.

Australia’s Cochlear Implant Sounding Good To China


China has about 20 million people with hearing and speech disorders according to the latest national census. 3 million are deaf and 17.7 million have hearing loss but only 2% of Chinese have access to hearing aids. Aside from this, there is an estimated 800,000 children below 7 years old with hearing loss who would benefit from cochlear implant. This figure is expected to increase by 20,000–30,000 every year because about 30,000 babies are born with hearing difficulty each year. The major causes of hearing loss in China include infection, heredity, presbycusis, otitis media, and noise-induced hearing loss. Australia’s Cochlear Implant sees a good potential market in China to help its citizens have a good aural healthcare.

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. It directly translates soundwaves into signals and sends to the brain which allows the user to perceive sound. CI not only amplifies sound but also improves speech perception and reduces tinnitus. The Cochlear Implant was pioneered at the University of Melbourne. A systematic review shows evidence of the effectiveness of cochlear implant in people with bilateral hearing loss. CI improves hearing in noisy environments (like our ACM Group office) for people with severe hearing loss. It also improves overall hearing ability, reduces tinnitus and quality of life.

The ageing population and the number of children affected by hearing loss in China gives Australia’s Cochlear, the leader in hearing implant technology a huge opportunity to help the Chinese people. The huge market let the company predict increase sales in China. CI penetration in China is currently less than 5% of potential paediatric candidates, but cochlear implantation is continuing to expand at great speed, and it is hoped that the infrastructure and capacity will continue to grow and develop.

The rapidly developing technology in China aims to identify and treat people with hearing and speech-language disorders. Bosch China launched the world’s first standardized Chinese language speech audiometric system. In 2015. It is designed as speech testing software to assess people’s hearing abilities and evaluate the clinical effect of medical devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. This system is expected to help develop the audiology sector in China to adapt to the international standards of speech audiometry.

China is also currently developing low-cost alternatives in hearing implant. Health regulators in China give local company Nurotron an approval to sell its implant on the mainland. There is an increased competition from the local rival Nurotron and other lower-cost brands because of the price factor. But the Chinese government keeps a part of the national tender open to foreign companies to boost quality and make the local implant industry better. Although the price of the local devices are lower compared to Australia’s Cochlear, the leading hearing implant manufacturer can still compete in China.  It predicts increased sales in China because of its quality and continues innovation.

Hearing technology leader Australia’s Cochlear Implant continues to innovate to maintain its international market leadership.  The HEARing CRC with Dr. Andrew Vandali, its Project Leader is currently developing sound processing technology that works better with tonal language particularly Mandarin to adapt to the Chinese market. This project is determining how sound coding schemes in implants be changed to better present pitch and inter-aural time cues for their wearers. The Hearing (Re)habilitation section of HEARnet Learning offers training modules to help health professionals in China to develop new skills and knowledge in the clinical habilitation and rehabilitation of hearing loss and hearing impairment. HEARnet Learning also has free online training to help patients get the best out of their cochlear implants.

Asians On Arrival: Where Should You Visit First?


First impressions are often the most lasting impressions, and we here at ACM Group are first-generation Australians, so we all have our strong memories of visiting Sydney tourist attractions for the first time, going up Sydney Tower, looking at the Opera House, checking out the Sydney Harbour Bridge or perhaps driving up to Palm Beach to get a sense of the expanse of Sydney and also the luxury at that high end of the Sydney coastline.
Whether you are visiting Sydney for the first time or returning again and again, you will always discover things to do in Sydney for a truly memorable day, week or extended holiday vacation period. Sydney is an amazing world class city, rich in history, offering a vibrant culture, plus spectacular natural beauty.

You can’t visit Australia without visiting Sydney, with its iconic harbour, beautiful beaches and eclectic culture; it really is a great travel destination. In order to make things easier on Asian first-time traveler to Australia, ACM Group Sydney have put together a list of Sydney tourist attractions you should visit first:

Sydney Tower is the tallest free standing structure at 309 metres (1014 feet) above the CBD offering 360 degree views of the city. This is a great place to start when visiting Sydney for the first time. It will give you a panoramic look of the city, it will also give you an idea what and where everything is located. Binocular allows you to zoom in on interesting points. Bring your camera for great snapshots of the view from the top.

The Rocks is the oldest preserved colonial district in Sydney. This is the great starting point to explore the city’s oldest neighbourhood and aboriginal heritage. A walk through the Rocks would give you a microcosmic tour of the city’s early years as British penal colony. Experience history at Sydney’s outdoors museum where entry is free. Discover the old district’s transformation and wander through modern cafes, restaurants and interesting shops and stalls.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is an arch steel bridge built in 1932 that goes across the Sydney Harbour. This bridge is 134 metres high and considered as the highest arch bridge in the world. The bridge carries rail, vehicles and pedestrians between the central business district and North Shore. A walk across the bridge features incredible views. Walk across the bridge for free at the Cumberland Street entrance and take the same panoramic views from the lower level.

Sydney Opera House is located on the Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point. The white sails of the Opera House are the world’s most recognised buildings, one of the greatest in architecture and art. This masterpiece is considered to be one of the wonders of the modern world. The white sails of the Opera House are the world’s most recognised buildings, one of the greatest in architecture and art. This is Sydney’s most popular icons around the world. Today, it’s one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, each year staging up to 2500 performances and events.

Royal Botanic Gardens is a 30 hectare of tropical plants, ponds, shady trees and green lawns overlooking the harbour. These beautifully kept gardens have everything from edible herbs to tropical greenhouse. Experience serenity in the city and harbour views from the garden. Join the free guided walk or follow a self-guided themed tour and take a picnic to admire city views at the gardens. The free guided walks depart daily from the Visitor Centre.

Royal National Park is the second-oldest national park in the world. This heritage-listed national park spans 16,000 hectares from the coastline to the spectacular Hacking River. This is home to over 100km of walking tracks, bush, beaches and waterfalls. This is an ideal spot to walk, hike or camp for people of all ages. A day trip to the park offers plenty of opportunity for bushwalking, barbecues, fishing, whale watching and bird watching.

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a chair carved into the sandstone by convicts for Major-General Lachlan Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth. The area around it is a popular lookout and the best position to the north-west view of Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and the best spot to get photos. The view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is still enjoyed today by Sydneysiders and tourist. This is also the best place to go during balmy summer evening. A screen is set up for outdoor movie, films start when the sun goes down.

Australian National Maritime Museum visitors will learn the details of the history of the nautical stories of the country ranging back from the arrival of the first settlers throughout the course of their existence. Historic collection of naval vessels, dugout canoes and jet-powered hydrofoils are all on displays at the museum. Entry to the museum is free plus free admission to the permanent exhibitions, Maritime Heritage Centre at Wharf 7, the North Wharf and Marina and special exhibitions to view the historic vessels.

Museum of Contemporary Art is Australia’s only museum dedicated to collecting, interpreting and exhibiting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world. The Museum is overlooking Circular Quay. The permanent collection in the recently expanded gallery can be seen for free except the featured exhibitions. The contemporary artworks are displayed in expansive spaces with a stunning view of the Sydney and the harbour.

Bondi Beach is a crescent-shaped belt of sand along Sydney’s coastline. It’s one of Australia’s most famous beaches and among the world’s most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometre long and is patrolled by diligent lifeguards who make swimmers stay between the yellow and red flags. The vigilant lifesavers are famous and they become the subject of popular television shows. The great sand and clean waters sitting close to largest population centre makes it a popular location during summer. Bondi Beach is accessible via public transport and ideal for swimming and surfing.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is one of the best discoveries; this is where you might spot a migrating whale from May to November. This walk is completely free and a perfect way to spend a summer day. There are plenty of beaches and cove to stop for a swim so you should not get too overheated.

Sydney’s Government House has been home to 27 governors since 1846. It’s located close to the nearby Botanic Gardens. This is a destination for high-profile visitors and government meetings. This hidden gem is decorated with beautiful paintings and exquisitely crafted furniture making the interior a beautiful spectacle in itself. The house has been a focus for public events and celebrations for over 160 years. It also host exhibition, concerts, festivals, symposia, lectures and other performances.

Manly Beach is Sydney’s premier beach resort which is a part of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The water is crystal clear and the rock pool attracts over 8 million visitors a year. A short ferry ride from Circular Quay is a great day trip. The Manly Walk is one of Sydney’s best walks that take you from Spit Bridge through the Sydney Harbour National Park. Admire the fascinating Aboriginal rock art, across North Head past Manly Cove down to Manly beach. Set out a picnic or eat at the cafes and restaurants along the way.

Sydney Olympic Park is a major sporting and entertainment venue that boasts plenty of nature and family dining experiences. It’s situated in the city’s west, a short ferry ride or train trip away just 20 minutes from the CBD. It offers a wide playground for the entire family. It has many great attractions for the whole family like walking tracks through wetlands, bike tracks, barbecue and picnic facilities. The Olympic park host many performances by musicians and entertainers with concerts and stage shows.

Luna Park is a historic fun park that was restored in 1930s. This retro Coney Island offers the best value for your money. There’s no entry fee to this amusement park and only $10 per ride. Take on crazy rides like Tango Train, Ferris wheel or Giant Slides. This people’s park is a place where you can throw a party for the kids, host your dream wedding or stage a gala for thousands in the Crystal Palace. You can also catch a concert at the Big Top, eat classy cuisine at The Deck or take in the views as you ride the Ferris wheel.

Chinatown is the place to experience inexpensive Asian food. Visiting Chinatown is a rewarding experience for Asian first timers in Sydney. They offer some of the best food, festivals, shops and history. The food in Chinatown is some of the best you will taste outside of Asia. Head to the Dixon Street Food Courts where the locals are dining, make a decision out of the endless choices on what to eat. Sit down, and rest your feet after a long day of walking in one of the relaxed cafes and restaurants.

White Rabbit Gallery is exclusively devoted to contemporary Chinese art, it focuses on works produced after year 2000. The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. This state of the art gallery is hidden on a backstreet in Chippendale. It’s a four-floor temple to 21st century Chinese art. The gallery also houses a gift-shop full of cheap, cheerful and colourful gifts, and a ground-floor tea house that also serves dumplings.

Centennial Parklands is one of the most historically and socially significant urban space in Australia. It was reconstructed as a public park and opened in 1888. This people’s park is a vision of Sir Henry Parkes to let the citizens of Sydney take in some air away from the town centre.

Sydney Aquarium set in the heart of Sydney on Darling Harbour boasts the world’s largest collection of all-Australian aquatic life featuring a number of habitats, 60 tanks and three oceanariums. Home to more than 12,000 aquatic animals from 650 species, in spectacular habitat displays. Take a trip to the vast southern oceans and see the fascinating platypus, little penguins, seahorses, giant sea turtle, sharks and stingrays. The place can often get quite crowded so buy your tickets online to skip the queue.

Eveleigh Market is an authentic farmers’ market in the heart of Sydney, it specialises in seasonal and homemade produce, with over 70 regular stalls selling the best regional NSW has to offer. Check out the Artisan Markets on the first Sunday of the month. It also showcases a diverse collection of high quality painting, furniture, sculpture, design, photography, craft, ceramics, glass, home wares, toys, and Indigenous artwork created by local and emerging artists and designers. Taste gourmet food every Saturday from 8am and enjoy the community feel whilst indulging in great coffee or organic produce.

King’s Cross is popularly known as the red light capital of Australia. Visit Kings Cross during the Sydney Guided Day Tour and see how the other half live during the day. Wander around Kings Cross and you will have your taste buds tempted by the many cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels that offer a wide array of menus. At night strip clubs, topless waitresses, adult bookshops and tacky nightclubs are abuzz when the bright lights come on and the action hots up. Be careful of spruikers outside nightclubs: they can be intimidating and aggressive. It is okay to look but don’t stare or make snide remarks as this could land you in trouble.

Chinese Students Need To Be Aware Of Western Laws

Chinese Students Need To Be Aware Of Western Laws

Chinese parents are famous for their discipline and control over their children, and their expectations for their children to excel and succeed. In China, in part due to the one child policy of the Chinese government of the last few decades, many children are very spoilt by their parents and also grandparents. Under their parents’ protection, they are controlled. But when they go to America, or even Australia, they sometimes lose control; with tragic results. It’s a prevalent trend for middle class and upper middle class Chinese parents to want their kids to study abroad, because Chinese education is often perceived as being not as prestigious.

Many of these Chinese parents want to send their children to Harvard or Yale, or an Australian university like Sydney or Melbourne. However, things such as bullying behaviour that you may be able to get away with at a Chinese campus can land a young person in jail for a long time in the USA or even Australia. Chinese students need to be aware of western laws when studying here. These issues are also affecting Chinese kids attending secondary schools in the United States; they call these kids ‘parachute kids’. This is because these children are sent to study in the US from as young as eight years of age, and they do not live with their parents, but with relatives or other students. The lack of real guardian supervision can impact on their behaviour as teenagers and young adults with disastrous results.

Three young Chinese parachute kids have recently been sentenced to between six and thirteen years gaol by a Californian court for severe bullying and beating of another Chinese girl. Obviously, something has gone seriously wrong with their upbringing whilst living and studying in America. The value that some people place on money and status can backfire when young human beings are neglected of love and nurture. They would feel like aliens in a strange world and how they react to that constant ‘outsider’ status may warp them from the inside. A secular education in a highly materialistic culture like the United States, without the backbone of parental nurture and the reflection of your own cultural identity seems to be a recipe for failure.

Chinese students need to be aware of western laws; and even more importantly they need parental nurture if they come to western countries as relatively young children.


How Filipinos Can Get A Working Visa To Australia

Australia provides many opportunities for people who are willing to work and looking for a career challenge. It has over hundred thousand visa places available for skilled workers to help improve the work force and give people a chance to live the Australian lifestyle. Filipinos are encouraged to apply for Australian visas to help reduce the Australian labour shortages. The Australian government with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is encouraging individuals with specific skills and capabilities to apply for available job opportunities for skilled worker positions in Australia.

We here at ACM Group will help you take the next step to find out how Filipinos can get a working Visa to Australia. We have identified over 80 additional career paths from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and over 120 additional career paths from Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)  Filipinos who are 18 – 49 year old can apply for a work visa to Australia. Successful applicants can work and migrate in Australia temporarily or permanently.

There are a range of Australian work visas including:
Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) permanent work visa for Filipinos not sponsored by a state, territory or employer. Applicant must be under 50 years of age and can demonstrate the qualification in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List. Applicants do not require sponsorship. Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application. Successful applicants can become permanent residents of Australia and are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis.

Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) permanent visa for a Filipino who cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa but obtained nomination by a state or territory government. To be nominated, applicants must have occupation skills on the state or territory shortage list or demonstrate specialised skills in a particular state or territory. This category is open to Filipinos under 50 years of age who are qualified under the Skilled Occupation List. Successful applicants can work and look for better career pathway in Australia and family members may be included.

Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (Subclass 489) is a provisional work visa for Filipinos who cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent Visa but have the qualification and skills required to address Australia’s skill shortage. Applicant must obtain sponsorship from a participating State or territory government or from an eligible relative living in a Specified Regional Area of Australia. Applicant must be related to their sponsors as a child, parent, brother or sister, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle. Applicants must be prepared to live for two years and work for at least 12 months in Specified Region. This visa is valid for up to four years and provides a pathway to permanent residence.

The following areas are considered regional:
New South Wales – except metropolitan areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong
Queensland – everywhere except Brisbane and Gold Coast areas
Victoria – everywhere except Melbourne
Northern Territory – everywhere
South Australia – everywhere
Tasmania – everywhere
Western Australia – everywhere

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) this scheme is designed to address shortages in the Australian skilled labour market while enhancing its ability to compete globally. ENS grants permanent residence to Filipinos who are sponsored by their Australian employer. Australian employer must obtain sponsorship status. Applicants must be less than 49 years of age and hold the necessary skills and qualifications for the nominated position. Successful applicants can become permanent residents of Australia and are entitled to live, work and study in the country. Additional benefits for permanent residents include access to Medicare, social security benefits and ability to apply for Australian citizenship.

Temporary Business Long Stay Visa (457) we here at ACM Group have discovered that this is the most common pathway of business sponsorship for Filipino workers. This scheme grants temporary work visa that allows employers to sponsor workers to fill nominated skilled positions. Applicant must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. This visa is valid for up to four years but the work experience gained on this visa may lead to permanent residence either through sponsorship by an eligible employer or the skilled migration program. This visa permits the holder to live and work in Australia with the sponsoring employer, immediate family member can be included in the application can also live and work on this visa type.

Visa applicants must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to age, English language proficiency, occupation skills qualification, health and character.

Visa Application Process:
1. Be clear on the purpose of your visit to Australia. Determine the visa subclass you wish to lodge your visa application. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information. Download the visa application form and checklist. Complete and sign your visa application form and affix your photograph.
2. Gather all required supporting documentation for your application. Check the link  for the application checklist.
3. Pay the visa fee in the form of Manager’s Cheque payable to “Australian Embassy” (other forms of visa fee payment is not accepted)
4. Make an appointment to submit your application.
5. Submit completed Visa Application form with all the supporting documents in-person via (AVAC) Australian Visa Application Centre. You may also send your application by courier.
6. Track your application
7. Wait for your application to be processed. Collect your Visa Letter from AVAC, wait for courier delivery or check your email if you opted for the Visa Letter to be communicated to you electronically.

If you want to work in Australia, it is important to apply for the correct visa type. You can apply the old-fashioned way through VSF Global, Australian Embassy’s partner or via a third party service provider to get your visa but you will be charged an additional service fee on top of the visa fee aside from the courier fees for document collection and return. Contact a relevant assessing authority directly to obtain a skill assessment, they will provide all the necessary application forms and associated information relating to the assessment. You will be charged by the assessing authorities for the assessment. How soon your application can be approved depends on which type of visa you are applying for. You should not book flight or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia.

How Will The Year Of The Monkey Affect Global Events?

It is the year of the fire monkey in 2016; the year of the red monkey. Monkeys are clever but often naughty, and they are wily beasts and very much on the ball; so watch your step this year. A focus on global financial events is predicted by the year of the monkey; and the world economy may face some dangerous moments this year. It is advisable to pay extra close attention to your investments this year, if you do not want to fall foul of the red monkey; and end up in the red.

The status quo may dramatically change in the year of the fire monkey. I immediately think about China and the Chinese economy; will we see a worsening or an improvement here? The year of the monkey indicates a change in fortune and status. We here at ACM Group hope that the forecast will see a big improvement in the Chinese economy and that the red monkey will bring much luck to Chinese people everywhere.

North Korea is being a naughty monkey at the moment by firing its missile test; international condemnation followed immediately. North Korea claim that it is a satellite launch and celebrated the firing of the rocket with a public fireworks display on Monday evening. The United States claim that this is a front to test a long range ballistic missile. The monkey likes to show off and the missile test coincided with the Chinese New Year, and the Super Bowl in America.

In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who very often grins like a monkey, a chimpanzee comes to mind, will contest his first election as PM. We at ACM Group foresee a victory for the smiling wily Malcolm Turnbull in the year of the red monkey. There may, however, be financial corruption uncovered within the government and a leading Liberal will lose his place in the government. Tony Abbott, who also has ears like a monkey and grimaces like a monkey, may be involved in naughty and disruptive political activities; this will help Malcolm Turnbull to win the election. Bill Shorten will be the unlucky monkey and will be deposed, or he will quit his position as leader of the ALP.

In America, Hilary Clinton will not win the US Presidential election and she may not even win preselection. Hilary is very un-monkey like and a candidate with more monkey charm will win out in the year of the red monkey. Bernie Sanders, perhaps, or will it be Ted Cruz?


Chinese New Year Events Around Australia

Monday February 8 is Chinese New Year and it sets off the Year of the Monkey. Having a Monkey ascendant in my own Chinese horoscope I am hoping for a fun filled year; in the tradition of the playful monkey. There will be a host of events and happenings to celebrate the Chinese New Year around Australia. Here are a few of them that you might like to attend:

The City of Sydney is celebrating twenty years of the Chinese New Year Festival in the premier state. Festival curator, Claudia Chan Shaw recently was quoted as saying, “I grew up in Sydney and the Chinese New Year celebrations have always been a highlight for our family”. There are eighty events happening in Sydney from New Year to the 21 February 2016. The incredible Lunar Lanterns will light up the city with the twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac. Being a dragon, myself, I am sure that this will be the most impressive of all the giant lanterns. Then K-Pop superstars Boyfriend and JJCC perform at the Carriageworks for two nights. There will also be a Lunar feast with some amazing Chinese menus at Spice Temple and Bennelong at the Opera House. Dragon boat racing on the harbour will be full of furious fun, colour and noise.

In Melbourne the Lunar Markets will pop up for eleven days from the 4 Feb to 14 Feb 2016. Celebrate with great Asian food, drinks and live music at the Harbour Esplanade Docklands from 4pm to 9pm or 10pm on Thurs, Friday and Saturday. Chinese lanterns will colour the night sky and fun for all the family will be there to have.

In Perth around Northbridge, the home of Chinese restaurants, there will be the annual Chinese New Year Fair and this takes place on 14 February from 12pm to 9pm. This massive free street carnival attracts tens of thousands of West Australians and is a riot of colour and noise.

In Adelaide the 2016 Lunar New Year Street Party will unveil the year of the monkey. Taking place in Chinatown on Mounta and Gouger Streets on Sunday 13 February from 12pm to 10.30pm. This lively annual event attracts in excess of twenty thousand people and is full of colour, sounds and sights. A great day and night of family entertainment under the stars in Adelaide; don’t miss out!

Will The Chinese Financial Crisis Affect Asians In Australia?

The Chinese market falls, and growth slowdown, have shocked the world; and nations like Australia, which have enjoyed economic buoyancy because of China’s appetite for their commodities are now suffering. As Chinese stocks tumble and the growth rate slips down to around 6.9%, a certain amount of panic has set in among many economic commentators. Australia’s ability to avoid the global economic crisis was predicated on the strong Chinese economy and its demand for our minerals. Some of these experts are predicting Australia being dragged down into recession on the back of our dependence on the Chinese economy.

How Will It Affect the Real Estate Market?

Will the Chinese financial crisis affect Asians in Australia in particular? The obvious answer is yes, and I would look to the real estate market firstly. Chinese investor demand for high end Australian real estate has been stimulating the Sydney and Melbourne property markets for decades now. With the stock market falls in China will there be even more investment in Australian property, or will there be less? There are arguments to be made for both of these reactions to occur. Chinese investors may seek the safety of the Australian property market for their money, or, conversely, losses on the stock market in China may see fewer wealthy Chinese in the market for high end Australian real estate.

What About Asian Business in Australia?

Asian businesses based in Australia, which are linked to underperforming businesses in China, will be adversely affected by the financial crisis in that populous nation. Those involved in tourism will most likely suffer, as fewer Chinese people holiday in Australia. The devaluation of the Yuan makes Australian commodities and everything else more expensive for Chinese business and its people. Chinese imports into this country will become a bit cheaper, and exporting competitors Indonesia and South Korea will have to lower their prices to maintain market share. China has had its part to play in lowering global oil prices and this will continue with oil falling to below $30 a barrel.

The Devaluation of the Yuan

The fate of all businesses directly, or indirectly, linked to the Chinese market will see slow growth and, for some, collapse. The devaluation of the Chinese currency may stimulate more international demand for Chinese products, but this will take time. In the interim, Asians in Australia may feel the brunt of a rapidly slowing economy. Australians of all descriptions will be affected by this drop off in demand for commodities. When the mighty dragon falls from the sky, all those lesser entities riding on its coat tails will also come crashing down to the earth. How great the pain is hard to predict, but their will be pain.

ACM Group would be interested in hearing from you if the falling Chinese market is personally affecting you and your business, please get in touch with us to do a feature on your business and the strategies you’re putting in place to combat the economic downturn.

Asian Horses in Australia: Who to Back in 2016?

The folks at ACM Group can’t help but take a punt on the horses every once in a while. We love the thrill associated with gambling, and as horse racing is the sport of kings you can tell where our hearts lie when we do choose to take a little flutter.

The great tradition in Australia, is of course, selling our horses into Asia. We began to develop our horse industry by importing our first horses from India, England and the US, but by the fourth decade of the nineteenth century Australia had enough horses to begin exporting them. Some New South Wales army officers sold a shipment of horses to India for cavalry remounts in eighteen thirty. This exporting of horses to India would continue up until around nineteen thirty. This trade included the sale of Australian thoroughbred horses to India, where a racing industry had been established.

Through the British colonial connection Australia also supplied racehorses to Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The Japanese were customers as well, when their military bought some eleven thousand horses as remounts for their army. During the years of the First World War more than one hundred and twenty thousand Aussie horses were shipped into West Asia. These horses were rated as superior to the Arab breed and they were extolled by their users, such as the Australian Light Horse. In nineteen nineteen Australian horses competed in Egypt and were successful in a number of racing events.

During the nineteen fifties Australian thoroughbreds were exported to Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. The strong bond with horse racing in Hong Kong and Malaysia has maintained through the decades of the twentieth century a substantial Australian input into these race clubs and their industry as a whole. Asian investment in Australian racing has seen them as racehorse owners contribute to the strong financial growth of the industry over the last three decades. Asian owners have been investing in breeding studs in Western Australia for many years. Asian owners have won many of the feature races in Australia over the last twenty years. Horse racing betting may be the next frontier.

In recent years we have seen Japanese horses successful in Melbourne and Caulfield Cups. The strong link between Japan and Australia in the horse racing field sees horses from both countries competing to win each other’s feature races. The Middle East, which is categorised as part of Asia, has seen horses and owners from Dubai and the other Arab Emirates competing for featured prize money in Australia for a couple of decades at least. Horse racing at the Group 1 level is, now, a highly international affair with horses bred on one continent regularly racing on other continents. Asian horses in Australia: who to back in 2016? I am sure that there will be a bevy of then to choose from.

20 Cool Asian Restaurants in Adelaide

Great Asian food in Adelaide is happening all over the city. When the ACM Group team visited the South Australian capital famous for its eating houses and delicious dishes inspired by the orient we proved our reputation as the hungry visitors we are. Whether you are fond of sushi, noodles, curries, stir fries, fish cakes, Phos or BBQ duck the City of Churches has your tastes covered. Here are 20 cool Asian restaurants in Adelaide.

Shiki Japanese Restaurant

InterContinental Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8238 2382

Stylish hotel dining experience with teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi.


5/242 Hutt Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8232 0944

Great seafood in the hands of a great chef. Try the puffer fish!

Star of Siam

67 Gouger Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8231 2527

Adelaide’s most consistently awarded Thai restaurant.


31 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, 5000.

A palace serving fantastic Asian food to celebs and plebs.

Adelaide Pho

199 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8212 0997

Great phos and a really busy place, which is always a good sign; a good range of Vietnamese food on the menu.

Gin Long Canteen

42 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, 5006.

08 7120 2897

The perfect place for big parties of diners. Fast service and fantastic Thai food. Great cocktails at the bar and a really vibrant place.

House of Chow

82 Hutt Street, Adelaide 5000

08 8223 6181

Lots of well known Chinese dishes on a big menu and they are all pretty yummy. Big aquarium to choose your seafood from.


132 Gouger Street, Adelaide, 5000

08 8212 8288

We all would like a concubine in our lives and this wonderful Chinese restaurant delivers in spades. Beautiful ambience and stunning food.

The Himalayan Kitchen

73 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, 5006.

08 8267 3037

Superb Indian and Nepalese cuisine and a lovely space to dine in. Great vegetarian dishes on the menu as well.


141 O’Connell Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 7225 5382

Seriously good Asian fusion food delivered in style to your table. Lovely service and brilliant dishes make this a fine restaurant experience.


26 Bank Street, Shop 3, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8231 3303

Korean food doesn’t get much better than this. A man do what a man has to and that is eat well.

Sit Lo

30 Bank Street, Adelaide, 5000.

0439 004 161

Yummy Vietnamese café in the heart of the city. Well priced and a buzzy intimate place.

Pondok Bali

310 Putteney Street, Adelaide, 5000.

08 8232 0588

Spicy Indonesian food perfect with a cold Bintang. Bali in the middle of the city.

Other notables:

Madame Hanoi Bar & Bistro; Mapo Korean; House of Pearl; Orient; Golden Boy; Ding Hao and Asian Central.

Chinese New Year in Sydney

The Chinese New year, or Spring Festival as it’s been called since that the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday to China. Originally associated with the lunar Chinese calendar, the holiday was an occasion to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also an occasion to bring households together for great feasts. With the well-liked adoption in China of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese joined in celebrating Jan 1 as New Year’s Day. China, however, continues to celebrate the original Chinese Calendar year, although in a new shorter version using a new name–the Spring Festival. Significantly, younger generations of Chinese now take notice of the holiday in a very different manner to their ancestors. For some in the younger generation, the holiday has evolved from a chance to renew family ties to a chance for a pleasurable holiday from work.

The Ancient Chinese Date

The ancient Chinese language calendar, which is what Chinese New Year relies upon, functioned as a religious, dynastic and additionally a social guide. Oracle bones inscribed with astronomical records indicate it existed at least around 14th century N. C., when the Shang Dynasty was in power. The calendar’s composition wasn’t static: It would reset according to which emperor kept power and varied according to location.

The Chinese calendar was an intricate timepiece. Its parameters were set according to the lunar phases along with the solar solstices in addition to equinoxes. Yin in addition to yang, the opposing however complementary principles defining a harmonious planet, also ruled the particular calendar, as did the Chinese zodiac, the cycle regarding twelve stations or “signs” across the apparent path on the sun through the particular cosmos. Each new 12 months was marked through the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiacal creatures: the rat, ox, tiger woods, rabbit, dragon, snake, moose, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
The traditional Chinese New Calendar year

The Chinese New Year period began in the middle of the 12th thirty days and ended around the centre of the first month using the waxing of the complete moon. Observance of the New Year time period was traditionally divided into New Year’s Eve and also the first few days of the new year.

Traditionally for the Chinese, New Year was the most important festival on the calendar. The entire attention on the household was fixed around the celebration. During this time, business life came nearly to a stop. Home and family were the main focuses.

In preparation for the holiday, homes had been thoroughly cleaned to rid them of “huiqi, ” as well as inauspicious breaths, that may have collected throughout the old year. Cleaning was also intended to appease the gods who would be coming lower from heaven to make inspections. Ritual sacrifices regarding food and icons were offered to gods and ancestors and forefathers. People posted scrolls published with lucky communications on household gates and set off firecrackers to daunt evil spirits. Folks gave out cash to children. In truth, many of the particular rites carried out in those times were meant to bring good luck to the household and long life to the family–particularly to the parents.

Most crucial were the great feasts. On New Year’s Eve, the extended household would join around the table for lunch that included as a last course a fish that’s symbolic of abundance and thus not meant to be eaten. In the 1st five days on the New Year, people ate lengthy noodles to symbolize long life. On the fifteenth and final day on the New Year, round dumplings shaped as full moons were shared as a sign of your family unit and regarding perfection.
Evolution of the Spring Festival

The Western-style Gregorian calendar arrived in China with Jesuit missionaries in 1582. It began to be used through out the general population by 1912, and New Year’s Day was officially acknowledged as occurring on Jan 1. Beginning in 1949, under the rule of Chinese Communist Party head Mao Zedong (1893–1976), the government forbade celebration of the traditional Chinese New Year and followed the Gregorian calendar in its dealings with the West. However toward the end of the 20th century, Chinese leaders were more willing to accept the Chinese language tradition. In 1996, China instituted a new week long vacation throughout the holiday–now called Spring Festival–giving people an opportunity to travel home in order to celebrate the new year.

In the first 21st century, many Chinese families spent a substantial amount of their own discretionary income celebrating the particular Spring Festival with traditional symbols in addition to food. They in addition spent time seeing the televised Spring Festival Gala: a good annual variety show featuring traditional in addition to contemporary singers, dancers as well as magic demonstrations. Although the rites of the holiday no longer have religious value, people remained sensitive to the zodiacal animals to the extent that that they considered that, for instance, a year of the rat might mean they would find a personal fortunes or for any child born during this time may grow to become rich.

ACM Group has noted a change in attitude toward the Spring Festival has occurred in China’s younger generation, with Chinese college students reporting that that they prefer surfing the world wide web, sleeping, watching TV or hanging out with friends over celebrating with their household. They also claim to not like conventional New Year food including dumplings and glutinous pastry. With its change of title from Chinese New Year to Spring Festival, for some members on the younger generation the holiday has evolved from a chance to renew family ties to a holiday spent with friends and taking lengthy naps!


How will you be spending Chinese New Year in Sydney?

Year of the Monkey 2016

What will the Year of the Monkey hold in store for us in 2016? There will be a lot of innovation, but also trickery in government & business …

Some people say that Chinese astrology is a load of old fishwives tales. But how often is it that you meet someone who is strategic, silent and spiritual, and it turns out they are the Year of the Snake? In fact Chinese astrology is a powerful way to work out the character of people and how they might behave in future circumstances.

As for the years themselves, well this is often open to conjecture.

Matsuri Festival in Darling Harbour

The Matsuri Festival in Darling Harbour is Sydney’s largest Japanese cultural event. Held over one day during the first week of November it is an exciting mixture of exhibition, performances and yummy food stalls, the latter always being reason for the ACM Group team to cover an event. Isn’t it so true that it is food that brings people together; especially in this country. There are dancers, martial artists, drumming groups, singers and so much more all happening on this jam packed day. You get the full gamut of all things Japanese, from traditional forms to funky creative offshoots. I think I’m turning Japanese, turning Japanese, I really think so!

The exhibition side of the Matsuri Festival offers a great opportunity for those thinking about travelling to Japan for a holiday or work. Japanese airlines have display booths, tourist operators, government and consular officials and accommodation providers are all there with lots of inspiring information. Meet the Kumamoto Castle’s Hospitality Samurai Squad and discover one of Japan’s premier tourist attractions. The Tokyo Disney Resort is “where dreams come true”, at this amazing theme park in Japan; find out about it here at Matsuri. The Sydney Japanese International School has a stand to promote their bilingual primary school in Terrey Hills.

Food opens doors to people’s hearts via their appreciative taste buds and tummies. Yummy Japanese food has been wowing Sydneysiders for decades and there is a great range of stalls at Matsuri. Izakaya food is here, as well as sushi, noodles, teppanyaki, and so much more. Grab a lunch box or a sushi roll, try Kanazawa black curry, Japanese fish cakes on a skewer and wash it down with a sugarcane drink. Japanese food is clean and healthy; and mostly fat free.

While I was eating my delicious Japanese food I watched the Hula Aloha Hawaiian Group of Japanese women doing traditional Hawaiian dance. Then the high intensity Mad Unity Dance and boy does this dance crew have some moves. Following this the karate was on and the combat routines were breath taking. There was Japanese folk dancing, plus Soran dance, and the Wadaiko Rindo Sydney drumming troupe; who were full of spirit. The haunting sounds of the shakuhachi had me spellbound and transported me to a sanctuary in some mountain top hideaway in my imagination; very beautiful music. You really get the incredible diversity of the Japanese soul; it comes in so many unusual forms and flavours. The Matsuri Festival is a very rewarding experience and I am already looking forward to 2016.

Night Noodle Markets in Review

Night noodle markets have emerged around the capital cities of Australia’s states, as part of various festivals and celebrations of cultural diversity and food. Twinkling fairy like lights in beautiful locations in Hyde Park in Sydney, the Festival Centre in Adelaide, and on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne, are enchanting a hungry audience of Australians and tourists. Yummy food in magical locations can inspire even the most jaded of palettes. The range of food offerings from the stalls at these night noodle markets is staggering and worth trying as many of them as possible.

Korean food is a big favourite in Sydney and Pok Lol do great Korean style tacos. The thing is that the restaurants involved have to adapt their traditional flavours to forms that suit the quick eating and casual seating of these events. Thus the Korean taco, which features the meats of your selection with a kimchi slaw; and it tastes divine. Bao Stop and Mr Bao feature pork belly crackling, XO fried chicken bao and Peking Duck fries. The Sydney night noodle markets also features some northern Chinese food at Mrs Ni: dumplings, shallot pancakes and Taiwanese- style fried chicken; absolutely delicious. Plus lots of noodle dishes, ramen noodles, knife-cut noodles, hokken and more. Robots cutting noodles at the Taste of Shanghai; very Bladerunnerish! The roti from Malaysian Mamak is so light and yummy with curry sauce.

More than half a million people visited the night noodle market in Melbourne with around sixty stalls feeding the thousands. Hoy Pinoy, Red Spice Road, Chin Chin and Gelato Messina were back again and the innovation knows no bounds. Wrapping food in food to avoid too many costly and polluting take way containers sees cultural traditions mutating in form but not at the expense of flavour. Great dumplings are a favourite of mine and delicious tacos and burgers attract the punters by the thousands. There are sweets and desserts as well with waffles on a stick, coconut sorbet, mango ganache, Nutella dipping sauce; just some of the flavours and forms you can indulge in.

The Adelaide night noodle markets were another great success, attracting many thousands of visitors to the centre of Adelaide on the Torrens River. Vibrant music rocked the concourse around the Festival Centre and Asian food in a myriad of designs and dishes took centre stage. The dumplings and noodles were great, as were the Thai quail and Korean BBQ. A beautiful spot to share some nibbles with family and friends; plus great wines and beers were available.

Do you provide food for the night noodle markets? Do you have a fantastic stall we should know more about? Contact the folks here at ACM Group so we can cover anything new and exciting you might be cooking up!

Anti-Asian Racism in Sydney – Is It Getting Worse?

Australia is a wonderful country and most Australians are kind and tolerant people. There are, however, a few, who remain intransigent in an age of political correctness and defiantly express their anti-Asian sentiments. In large cities, like Sydney, there will always be a minority of disenfranchised denizens who wish to blame their feelings of isolation and alienation on others. ACM group, as Asians, are a very visible target for them to vent their frustrations upon. As long as government agencies actively oppose these acts of racial vilification and support the victims involved, we can, I think, remain confident that things are getting better and not worse in this regard.

The media has a role to play in highlighting these appalling acts, so as to discourage people from committing them and to encourage the general public not to be indifferent to these acts, when they witness them. We, as Australians, are all responsible for our cities and towns, not just those in official positions, and we must ensure that we welcome all our fellow citizens and visitors to our nation. Acts of kindness can go a long way to healing wounds that some migrants may have suffered in the past. Inclusiveness is the best way to get on in the world and to avoid violence and its consequent suffering.

The recent case exposed in the Sydney media of a woman stalking an Asian woman, whilst on a Sydney bus, and then racially vilifying her in a very public rant, sounds like the acts of someone suffering mental illness. Of course, that does not excuse the behaviour and the perpetrator needs to be apprehended and investigated. The more worrying aspect of that instance of racial abuse was the failure of the bus driver to acknowledge the attack and do something about it; and the complete lack of support for the victim shown by her fellow passengers. These things prompt the question, anti-Asian racism in Sydney – is it getting worse?

These behaviours seem unAustralian to me, to borrow a favourite phrase from the ex-Prime Minister of Australia John Howard. It seems, we may need reminding that being Australian is not a matter of the colour of your skin and what ethnic race you may belong to. Today, this country is a multicultural paradise for all of us, no matter where we or our parents or grandparents may have come from. The current PM, Malcolm Turnbull , is a great proponent of that modern day reality.

12 Cool Karaoke Bars in Sydney


Karaoke just might be Japan’s greatest export of all time; narrowly pipping the Corolla. Getting up in front of your mates, pissed and holding a microphone, is as close as most of us are ever going to get to pop stardom. The music belts out from the sound system and you desperately try and follow the words in some sort of semblance of timing. Whether you are singing sharp or off key, you and everyone else, have, hopefully, had enough alcohol not to care. This is as good as it gets for a few choice minutes, as the passion takes control and Jimmy Barnes, Kylie or Elvis, assumes the shape of your body. But where are the coolest Karaoke bars in Sydney? We at ACM Group decided to go and check out the karaoke scene and after many an inner rock god was explored we were able to let you know there are 12 of the best:


Karaoke World

Basement, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Karaoke World was one of the first of its kind in Sydney and is, perhaps, the longest running karaoke bar. Lots of songs, plenty of booze and good food to choose from; what more could you possibly want?

Ding Dong Dang

7 Randle Street, Surry Hills.

Ding Dong Dang, the name says it all really, but this Surry Hills karaoke institution is a buzz. They have themed rooms and all the classic K songs.


614 George Street, Sydney

Mizuya is a very cool place to do karaoke, with up to one hundred and fifty thousand songs available in four different languages. Plus Izakaya style dining and open seven nights.

CEO Karaoke

Basement, 1 Dixon Street, Sydney

CEO Karaoke is as the name suggests a fancy place hoping to attract the bosses of the world. The décor is bold and in your face, but the food is great and there are spacious rooms to cater for groups.

K Square Karaoke Lounge

Shop G4, Capitol Square, 730-732 George Street, Haymarket.

Don’t miss the happy hour at this groovy spot, as it is great value. Yummy Japanese and Korean food, powerful sound systems and great range of songs in four languages.

Lantern By Wagaya

2, 591 George Street, Sydney.

Sensational food and a wonderful karaoke space to perform in. Very classy joint indeed.

Big Echo Karaoke

104 Bathurst Street, Sydney.

Private rooms available, great songs and jugs of mixed drinks makes this a seriously attractive karaoke paradise.

Gangnam Style Karaoke

259 Sussex Street, Sydney.

The name says it all and located above a Korean BBQ joint, it combines all the right elements for a great night out.

Dynasty Karaoke

Level 1, 63 Dixon Street, Haymarket.

Great sound systems and range of songs. Big rooms and great service.

The Pickled Possum

254 Military Road, Neutral Bay.

A great night out in a unique kind of place full of characters. Worth a visit!

Echo Point

262 Pitt Street, Sydney.

This is a classic karaoke joint with ‘that’ carpet and a pumping sound system to get you up and singing. Definitive karaoke experience guaranteed.

Ju Ju

82-94 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross.

Ju Ju is for the proud and loud karaoke exponent, as there are no private rooms just one big open space. As much restaurant as karaoke joint, it hits its singing straps post 10pm; and hope that your socks are clean because it has a traditional no shoe policy.

Dragon Boat Racing Every Week in Sydney

Every week in Sydney, hundreds of ‘dragon boaties’ are getting on the water and having the time of their lives. This fast and furious sport is taking off in a big way in the Harbour City. Crews are competing throughout the regions of this city and through NSW. Participants are hailing the experience for its fitness factor, social networking, stress releasing, and pure unadulterated fun. In dragon boating it is all about the team, as everyone pulls together to get the job done; getting over that finishing line first.


The noise and excitement is paramount, especially on race days. The laughter and whoops of joy echo out across the water, as teams of dragon boats charge forth in a fury of paddling. Clubs are still looking for new members all the time, as the sport continues to grown and capture the interest of Sydneysiders. People are passionate about dragon boat racing, there is no escaping that, and that passion is spreading like wildfire. Families are getting onboard and friends are co-opting other friends to get involved.

Dragon boat racing began in China about two thousand years ago, with roots in the traditional religious practice of appeasing the rain gods. Later on, a great warrior poet killed himself in the river Mi Lo in protest against political corruption and dragon boat racing began as a celebration of his sacrifice. Now, it is a vital part of their culture and symbolises the patriotic teamwork imbued within the nation as a whole. The country paddles together to achieve greatness on the world stage.

Colour is everywhere during the racing events, here in Sydney, with teams wearing matching colours representing their clubs. Regattas are held on Manly Dam, Bayview, Sydney International Regatta Centre, Darling Harbour, Lake Jindabyne, and other regional centres in NSW. Sponsors and partners of Dragon Boats NSW include: Ricoh, Trans Crane, Regatta Sport, NSW Sports Federation, NSW Transport Roads & Maritime, NSW Office of Communities Sport & Recreation, Sydney International Regatta Centre Penrith Lakes and Wholesale Trophies.

Dragon boat clubs, generally, train in the evening during weekdays and compete in the mornings on weekends. For those who are good enough there are opportunities to compete nationally and internationally. For more than twenty years, now, there has been dragon boat racing every week in Sydney. The sport has become part of the Australian outdoor lifestyle; promoting fun and fitness for all.

Inspirational Quotes

ACM Group Sydney


In order to develop a certain inner progress the artist’s thing is very much influential and helpful. I mean, helpful as well as harmful.. It depends on the meaning that the artist is conveying.. Now, you see, certain art is made to have an impact on hatred, or anger, such things.. and that is harmful.. In any way, the artists with their art, and with this ritual thing, have powerful means to give a message… – Dalai Lama

As you have been saying this I have been thinking that there are.. I have heard of, two ways of doing paintings.. One is that a person thinks beforehand in thought of what the painting will be.. and then paints it out.. And that would be like the thought approach.. But then there is another one, where the person does not think about it beforehand, but just spontaneously does whatever seems appropriate.. And that would be a thoughtless approach, even throwing paint onto the canvas and so forth, but a work of art coming out. – Dalai Lama
It seems that with the artist, first there is the inner feeling and the thought, and then there is the expression of this in an artistic way.. whereas for the audience there is first the reception of this expression and then a change in thought. – Dalai Lama

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make. ~Bruce Lee

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet. ~ Kojiro Tomita