August 2022 Issue: Out and About in August

Out and About in August

Welcome to the NZCTA Young Associates Newsletter: a monthly-ish digest of happenings and articles for young people interested in the NZ-China space.

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August has been a busy month! We hosted an event alongside the New Zealand China Council, Asia New Zealand Foundation and NA CAPE with John Key and an incredible panel of speakers, alongside recruiting for our team! Events outside the YA are similarly just as busy, with various occasions popping up throughout Auckland such as Asia Savvy and the Chinese Clothing & Etiquette Show! Fashion has even been on the forefront of social media, alongside climate change, so read more to find out why!

#1. New “Chinese” fashion clothing – Hanfu Clothing Is the New Black

A new wave of young Chinese Hanfu enthusiasts have brought the outfits back to the forefront as a part of everyday fashion. “I started wearing Hanfu because it was beautiful, but also because it encouraged me to appreciate my own culture,” says Ku, one of Hanfu’s most prominent fans.

Cultural self-confidence is the fundamental reason for the swift uptake in Hanfu consumption in China. The Hanfu industry grew rapidly from 190 million yuan (USD29.1 million) in 2015 to 4.52 billion yuan ($693.4 million) in 2019, and it is estimated that the number of Hanfu consumers has now exceeded 3.56 millionOn microblogging platform Weibo, the hashtag #Hanfu has received over 4.89 billion views to date, while China's version of TikTok, #Hanfu videos have been watched more than 47.7 billion times.

The growing success of the Hanfu industry illustrates the potential of traditional attire.

#2. Asia Savvy 2022 Symposium: Exploring Asia’s innovation spirit - plus win an iPad!


Asia Savvy is holding their next annual Symposium!

2022’s conference will cover innovation, how to create an innovative mindset and what can be learned from the innovative spirit of Asia. The Symposium will be held on the 17th of September from 9am to 2pm in OGGB at the University of Auckland. Registrations close on the 13th of September, so get in quick!

If you are a student, you can enter to win an iPad! Students are invited to create a poster on innovation and how it has shaped Asian society. Winners will present for 10 minutes on their posters. You’ll have the opportunity to win an iPad for first place, as well as a one-on-one industry coaching programme for second and third place!

Suggested topics for the contest include but are not limited to:

  1. The new age of innovation in Asia
  2. Asia innovation: business, arts, technology
  3. Asia’s innovation journey: past, present and future
  4. Discover possibilities: adapting from Asia’s innovation spirit

Find out more about both Asia Savvy and their poster competition on the organisation's registration page. Register now!

#3. All-ages, All-Asian Community Dance Show

Jang Huddle, a company created by dance practitioner Cindy Jang, is looking for expressions of interest for a new and exciting community dance show in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

Email Cindy at if you're interested!

#4. Climate Changes Challenge China

China has been confronted this month by a range of climate challenges. Most notably, an unprecedented heat wave has engulfed the country this summer, resulting in dried up rivers, wilted crops and forest fire outbreaks. These events have grounded ships, caused hydropower shortages and forced major cities to dim their lights. The most stricken province has been Sichuan, a region which is home to 80 million people in the southwest of China.

Sichuan accounts for approximately 30% of China's total hydroelectric generation, with hydropower constituting approximately 18% of China’s gross energy production. The extreme climate impacts recently provide a strong case for urgent climate reform in China to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Experts worldwide are expecting further cost pressures on various goods sourced from China as the changes in climate continue to disrupt production.

This summer's heatwave marks one of the longest and hottest in China’s history. Chen Lijuan from the National Climate Centre told state media: “Against the backdrop of global warming, heatwaves will be a ‘new normal.’ The high temperature starts early, leaves late and lasts long, this will become more and more obvious in the future.”

Read more here!

#5. Chinese Clothing & Etiquette Show: A Walk Through Dynasties

Miracle Entertainment Limited are excited to announce and host the second annual 'Chinese Clothing and Etiquette Show: A Walk Through Dynasties' in New Zealand. The show will display elegant Chinese clothing to the public and pioneer it as a trend. It hopes to demonstrate a deeper understanding and appreciation for China’s 5,000 years of culture and history.

Miracle Entertainment invites you to join them in a journey to travel back to ancient times and witness the evolution of cultures and generations through a spectacular display of arts.

Location: Victory Convention Centre, 98 Beaumont St, Freemans Bay
Time: Sat 1 Oct, 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Get your tickets here!

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Editors: David, Melanie, Shannon and Mia

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this newsletter are the sole opinion of the NZCTA Young Associates and do not represent the opinions of the wider New Zealand China Trade Association or any of its executive committee.

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