Diverse Bananas, Global Dragons International Conference 2014


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Friday 17 August 2007


The University of Auckland Fale Pasifika
20 Wynyard Street, Auckland Central

5.45pm    Reception Begins
6.00pm   Opening by the Prime Minister of New Zealand
6.15pm   Chinese Folk Dance Item
6.20pm   Messages from the Dragon Sponsors
6.35pm   Multicultimedia – Jin Hong
6.40pm Drinks and Canapés
7.30pm Reception Ends


8.00am   Registration

Opening Remarks - Kai Luey


Session 1:   History in the Making


History is not just about the past. It is a gift to us from our ancestors.

This panel will update the audience on New Zealand and Canadian developments post-Poll/Head Tax apologies.

    Chairperson – Kai Luey
James Ng – Update of Poll Tax in NZ  
Kenda Gee – Head Tax Issues in Canada   Read the paper
    In 1902 the SS Ventnor sank off the Hokianga Harbour. On board were 499 coffins destined for the Poon Yu and Jung Seng regions of Canton    Read the story
      Updates from Wong Liu Shueng, Kirsten Wong and Nigel Murphy.

10.30am   Morning Tea

Session 2:   Belonging in the Diaspora - Virtual Communities


Modern media have given rise to Chinese communities which are deterritorialised and yet linked in cyberspace. 

This panel explores how radio, television, cinema, and the Internet have brought about a sense of belonging among diasporic communities.
      Chairperson – Manying Ip
Loong Wong – University of  Canberra, Australia
Adam Lam – University of Canterbury, New Zealand
12 noon   Lunch

Session 3:   High Flying Bananas


Chinese are high achievers. They make things happen both here and abroad. Speakers across a range of sectors share the challenges they have overcome on the road to success. 

This session celebrates their inspirational stories and highlights the significant contributions they have made in local and international waters.


Chairperson – Arthur Loo
Lynda Chanwai-Earle  - Writer
Robyn Wong - Cyclist
Sou Chiam - Lawyer
Jilnaught Wong - Academic
   Read the paper

2.30pm   Special Guest Speaker
    Alison Wong, Chinese NZ poet, will read selected poems from her recent publication, "Cup", which has been shortlisted for the 2007 Montana NZ Book Awards NZ Society Authors Best First Book for Poetry.
2.45pm   Session 4:   The Listener / NZCA Short Story Competition

Stories are magical. They give communities a voice. NZCA is proud to announce the inaugural NZ Listener / NZCA Short Story Competition. We have the pleasure of hearing the three finalists read excerpts from their works. The finalists will also discuss what inspires them to write.

Chairperson - Denis Welch, Deputy Editor, The Listener

NZ Listener

For entry forms, visit this page on our web site
Enquiries to Ye Miao udolpho@gmail.com

3.30pm   Afternoon tea

Session 5:   An Audience with Frank Chin

    NZCA is delighted to welcome Frank Chin, respected author and the acknowledged pioneer of modern Asian-American literature.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from a personality whose influence is felt throughout the whole Chinese diaspora.

Chairperson – Kirsten Wong

For this session, children aged 10-16 of attendees will be invited, free of charge, to be part of a special audience to hear Chinese myths from Frank Chin. (Limited to 50)


Close of Day One

6.30pm   Dinner at Dynasty Restaurant (BYO)
57 - 59 Wakefield Street, Auckland Central





In Conversation - Breakfast with our International Guest Speakers

    Get up early for this unique opportunity to have that intimate conversation with our renowned global personalities.
      Kenda Gee
Loong Wong
Charlotte Glennie
Frank Chin
Li Tao
      Sponsored by Karajoz, Hubbard Foods, Nekta,  PAK’nSave (Mt Albert & Whangarei), MG Marketing.
9.00am   Session 6: Reshaping Multiculturalism
    Monoculturalism is dead. Is multiculturalism established in New Zealand yet?

This session explores our shifting national identity and the complexities of living in a multi-ethnic society without a clear framework.

Chairperson – Paul Spoonley
James Liu - Victoria University of Wellington, NZ    Read the paper
Manying Ip - The University of Auckland, NZ          Read the paper
Margaret Mutu - The University of Auckland, NZ   Redd the paper

This session is kindly sponsored by


10.30am   Morning tea
11.00am   Session 7: Falling Leaves Return Home

The journey back to China has a spiritual dimension. Speakers on this panel tell stories of personal transformation on returning to their roots. The annual NZCA Winter Camp offered several of the panellists a unique experience to reconnect with their heritage and culture.


Chairperson – Andrew Young
Jason Wong - Winter Camp (1989)
Raewyn Ho - Winter Camp (1991)
Bevan Chong - Winter Camp (2004)
Sonia Yee - Writer    Read the speech notes


For more information on the NZCA Winter Camp, visit www.nzchinese.org.nz

12.30pm   Lunch  
1.30pm   Session 8: China Rising

China is here. Ready or not?
This panel explores the contemporary interface between New Zealand and China.
Panellists working in or with China will offer powerful insights into what is happening on the ground.
Like it or not, our future is with China.


Chairperson – Kai Luey
Richard Yan - CEO, Richina   
Charlotte Glennie – China Correspondent, Australia Network
Carla van Zon - Arts, Culture, Event Creation Consultant


This session is kindly sponsored by


2.30pm   Session 9: New Media - Evolving Communication Spaces

Get connected! YouTube and MySpace have opened up fresh communication channels and audiences.
Panellists trace the recent developments in New Media and explore the profound influence these will have in shaping our attitudes, choices and lifestyle.
Welcome to Web 2.0 – the era of personal and participatory media.


Chairperson – Russell Brown
mrbrown – blogger and l’infantile terrible, Singapore
Justin Zhang – ex-Marketing Director, skykiwi.com
Antony Young – President, Optimedia

3.30pm   Afternoon tea
4.00pm   Session 10: The New Mainstream  – Chinese on the World Stage

What will Chinese communities look like in 10-20 years? This panel of movers and shakers paints a vision of the future – a world in which Chinese are leading the way and straddling local and global identities.
Make way for The New Mainstream.


Chairperson – Wong Liu Shueng
Jack Yan -  Publisher, Lucire   Read the speech notes
Li Tao - Filmmaker, Shanghai, China
Paul Spoonley - Massey University, New Zealand    Read the paper

5.00pm   Summing Up - Kai Luey
5.30pm   Conference closes
7.00pm   Film Evening

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004)
A rich documentary directed by Karen Cho that uncovers stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. This sheds light on a dark chapter of Canadian history. (43 minutes)


Waves (2006)
A contemporary documentary directed by Li Tao about the experiences of four culturally displaced Chinese international students studying at Hutt Valley High School. (120 minutes)

Further details, please contact Mr. Kai Luey on (09) 522 1840 kailuey@xtra.co.nz