Diverse Bananas, Global Dragons International Conference 2014


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Friday 30 May 2014


A Creative Conversation with Anthony Hoy Fong

4.30pm - 5.30pm   

OGBB 03 The University of Auckland Business School
Hear Anthony talk about his creativity and what the University of Auckland is learning about the creative process. Anthony is an Auckland born and raised celebrity chef based in New York. He has cooked for the President of the United States, worked with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and appeared on Oprah. This is a free event. Please ensure you register to attend. Seats are limited.

Friday 30 May 2014


The University of Auckland Business School Level 1 Foyer, 12 Grafton Road,

Auckland City

6.00pm   Guests arrive
6.30pm   Introduction By MC - David Wong
6.35pm   Welcome - Kai Luey
6.40pm   Opening by Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister

Messages from Consul General Niu Qingbao, Eric Chuah, ANZ Bank Prof. Jenny Dixon, University of Auckland

6.55pm Rhythms of Aotearoa

Book Launch - “Destinies Divided: A Story of the Chinese Diaspora in WW1” by Meemee Phipps 

7.15pm Drinks ands canapes
7.30pm Reception Ends

DAY ONE – Saturday 31 May 2014

8.00am   Registration on site.

Welcome - Richard Leung, Chairman, New Zealand Chinese Association Auckland Inc.
Jilnaught Wong, Deputy Dean of University of Auckland Business School

9.10am   Keynote address

The Leadership Role Chinese NZers can play to build NZ Inc: Changing your Mindset.
Mai Chen will talk about minority/majority thinking, demographic trend towards a
non-white majority, our  “expertise” in doing business with China and understanding
the levers of power in NZ.

  • Chairperson - Jilnaught Wong
  • Mai Chen - Founding Partner, Chen Palmer Public Law Specialists
10.15am Morning Tea

  High Flying Bananas - Personal Journeys of Chinese New Zealanders
at Home & Aboard

Chinese are high achievers. They make things happen both here and abroad.

Movers and shakers across a variety of sectors share the personal and professional challenges they have overcome on the road to success in local and international waters.

  • Chairperson - David Wong
  • Anthony Hoy Fong - International Chef & Entrepreneur
  • Annie Chen-Green - Medical Doctor & Asian Aid Worker
  • John & Michael Chow - Entertainment Entrepreneurs
  • Paul Croucher - Brewing Entrepreneur
12.15pm   Lunch

Session 3:  Creative Cool Chinese


Creativity knows no boundaries. It disrupts everything in life and opens up a world where impossible means nothing. Make way for the new generation of visionary culture-shapers.

Artists across various disciplines paint a mosaic of their creative output..

  • Chairperson - Andrew Young
  • Renee Liang - Playwright & Poet
  • Weilun Ha - Chinese Brush Painter
  • Dion Hitchens - Sculptor & Artist
2.45pm   Where’s the Yellow Peril - ALIVE OR DEAD ?

The rise of China as a world power in the past 10 years plus the migration of Chinese into Aotearoa has once again revived the ugly phrase “Yellow Peril” as a description of all Chinese here as part of the country’s ethnic mosaic.

We shall also examine the sense of belonging and cultural identity of the Chinese, and see whether ‘Chinese New Zealanders’ is a term which will gain currency like ‘Pakeha’ and ‘Maori’.

  • Chairperson - Richard Leung
  • James Ng - Eminent NZ Chinese Historian & Author - Windows on a Chinese Past  & Poll Tax Issues
  • Manying Ip - Professor of Asian Studies at University of Auckland - The Latest Trends of Chinese Settlement in New Zealand and Implications
3.30pm   Afternoon tea

Global Dragon Voices


Chinese suffered blatant discrimination and anti-Chinese legisation in many countries besides New Zealand, and in this session, activists describe the immigrant experiences in USA, Canada and Australia. Despite the obstacles, the heartbreak and separation from loved ones, the Chinese persevered, working hard and making sacrifices in order to create a better life for future generations.

  • Chairperson - Kai Luey
  • David H T Wong - Eminent Canadian Architect & Chinese Activist - The graphic novel as a genre to teach the forgotten history of the Chinese in North America
  • Daphne Lowe Kelley - President (2003 - 2012) Chinese Heritage Association Inc - Finding the Australian Chinese Voice

Close of Day One


Dinner at Seafood King Chinese Restaurant (BYO), 333 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland (optional extra)



DAY TWO – Sunday 1 June 2014


In Conversation with International and Local Personalities


Get up early for this unique opportunity to interact with our distinguished global and local personalities. 
Goods donated by MG Marketing, Hubbard Foods, Nekta Nutrition, PAK’ n SAVE Whangarei

8.15am   Seminar on use of the Chinese Online Communities Website 

NZCA Auckland Inc. and Auckland City Libraries have partnered to ensure history is kept alive forever. www.chinesecommunity.org.nz is a significant online repository housing the stories and family memories of Chinese New Zealanders.

  • Michael Ng & Smita Biswas
9am   Dragon and Taniwha Relationships

The Maori and Chinese share a common bond as two very different marginalised groups in New Zealand society. Previously, Chinese and Maori may have formed alliances based on  family values and genetic history. However, with China now New Zealand’s largest trading partner, business liaisons may be the most significant aspect in the coming years.

  • Chairperson – Meng Foon
  • Hon Dr Pita Sharples - Minister of Maori Affairs)
  • Mary-Anne Lee - Chinese / Maori Identity
10.am   Morning tea
10.30am   SS Ventnor - The Call of The Ancestors

Ching Ming 2013 saw 100+ Chinese travel to the Far North to pay their respects to the
 ancestors whose bones were on the SS Ventnor  when it sank in 1902.

This year the panel is five new people to our conference. They will give their reactions to this important event.  The session ends with a Self Help Guide to the Chinese Historical Ventnor Trail (CHVT) available to all NZers for their own journey with family and friends.

  • Chairperson - Wong Liu Shueng
  • Karena Sew Hoy - representing her family
  • Suzanne Chan On - representing her grandfather
  • Linda Chanwai-Earle - Pooh Fah, Journalist Radio NZ
  • Nick Grace - Te Rawara - designer, Red Gateway at Mitimiti
  • Wong Liu Shueng - Organiser of the CHVT
11.30pm   Asianisation of Auckland

The 2013 census has shown that about 23% of the Auckland population of 1.42 million are now Asian and expected to grow significantly over the next seven years. Already Chinese businesses and services have started to dominate in certain suburbs.

Will the changing landscape cause a racial backlash and other problems, or will a vibrant multi-cultural society become the accepted norm?

  • Chairperson – James Liu
  • Paul Spoonley - Pro Vice Chancellor Massey University
12.30pm   Lunch  
1.30pm   Bananas in the Dragon’s Den - Living & Working in China & Asia

 China is becoming the dominant global economic powerhouse in the 21st century and the Chinese diaspora has also been very influential in other parts of Asia. Our panellists have extensive experience working in or with China and offer powerful insights on the benefits and pitfalls of being part of the Chinese miracle.

  • Chairperson – Pam Dunn
  • Eric Chuah - Head of ANZ International Banking Services
  • Lynnette Xu - Young Systems Manager working in China
  • Lester Khoo - Director International Projects, AUT University
  • Pat English - Executive Director, NZ China Council
3.30pm   Afternoon tea
3.30pm   Diverse Bananas - Inter Cultural Relationships

The session covers a visual and historical perspective of Asian-Australian marriages in the era of the White Australian policy to reveal a historical cultural shift in Australian society followed by the experiences of a Chinese 1.5 generation New Zealander with an African partner.                             

  • Chairperson – Vivian Chow
  • Dr Kathie Blunt - Australian Historian
  • Gar Kee Wu - 1.5 Generation Chinese New Zealander
4.45pm   Emerging Bananas Have Their Say

The Chinese psyche has been to make sacrifices to provide a better life for succeeding
generations. The confidence in the educated and inspired youth of today is justified when you hear these Emerging Bananas relate their life journeys, their ambitions and achievements, and their visions for the future.

  • Chairperson – June Kuan
  • Jordan Hui - ANZ Investments Advisor
  • Tyla Nathan Wong - Professional Sportsperson
  • Deanna Yang - MD of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar
  • Alice Wang - NZ Rhodes Scholar Elect 2014

5.55pm   Summing Up - Kai Luey
6pm   Conference closes

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