Rising Dragon Souring Banana International Conference 2009

Speakers 2009

John Allen
John Allen (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : "The role of traditional New Zealand institutions in a changing New Zealand"

John will deliver this special address at the Conference Dinner at 9.30pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: John Allen is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Post Group. He was appointed in 2003 after nearly ten years working within the business. Previously, John was a partner with Rudd Watts and Stone. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. External to the New Zealand Post Group, he is on the Board of Te Papa, Save the Children New Zealand and Datacom (in addition to the Post Group Boards of Kiwibank, Datamail and ECL). He is co-chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum and Chair of the Territorial Forces Employer Support Council.
Natalie Chan
Natalie Chan (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Natalie Chan studied pattern making and garment construction at AUT University. After her studies she undertook an apprenticeship with Trelise Cooper from 2001-2002. In 2002, Natalie scored success with her own label when Cocorico in Parnell began to stock her designs. By 2005, Natalie had sustained a market that adored her feminine and fun outfits. This led her to open up a workroom in Parnell as a retail store. Not only does she sell her range in store, but she also designs and sews bespoke items for balls, weddings and for everyday wear. Most of Natalie's clothes are designed as one-offs as she is a strong believer of individuality. Natalie's aim is to bring back femininity and the heyday of the headpiece and beautiful dressing. She started making head pieces and hair fascinators at first to complement her fashion shows and photo shoots, but through word of mouth Natalie has made them a staple fashion accessory.

Mai Chen
Mai Chen (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Mai talked about her personal journey where she overcame the barriers facing Chinese migrants in NZ to become a successful high profile constitutional lawyer.

This presentation was given in the "High Flying Bananas" session of the conference at 11.00 am on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Mai made the following four key points in her address.

Do not view the discrimination that you suffered as a weakness. See the power that it brings and the sensitivity you have developed to discrimination and your intolerance of it in the desire to champion those who are discriminated against. Se the energy and determination that it has created in you to make a difference and the world a better place.

Your biggest contribution is not by trying to be like everyone else but by being yourself.

Your ethnicity, your history and your struggles have made you different and you need to be authentic because that is what is of greatest value to the community. Your ethnicity will mean that you need more help than others to succeed, so be open to seeking and receiving that extra help.

There is no secret ingredient in the noodle soup as we found out in "Kung Fu Panda". Like everyone else, you will have to work very hard, if you want to succeed. You will also need to be tougher as your ethnicity will bring with it more criticism.

Biography: Mai Chen was born in Taiwan and emigrated in 1970 with her family to Christchurch, New Zealand at the age of six. The Chen family were the first Taiwanese family to settle in the South Island.
Mai has a First Class Law Honours degree from Otago University, a Masters degree from Harvard Law School and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Mai is a founding partner of Chen Palmer, Barristers and Solicitors and Public Law Specialists. Chen Palmer was winner of the New Zealand Law Award for the best Public Law Firm in New Zealand in 2007 and again in 2008. Formerly a senior lecturer at Victoria University Law School, Mai sits on the Securities Commission, is a board member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation and an Associate Member of the New Zealand Advisory Board of Trade and Enterprise's Beachheads programme. Mai is currently President of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association (New Zealand).

Liyen Chong
Liyen Chong (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Liyen will give a Pecha Kucha presentation of her art practice in the session "Visually Chinese" at 2.30pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.
Biography: Liyen Chong was born in Malaysia and migrated to New Zealand when she was 15. She gained her undergraduate degree in Painting and Masters in Fine Art (with Distinction) in Design at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. In 2005 she won a travelling scholarship with which she visited over forty cities in fourteen countries around the world. She has regularly exhibited in private and public galleries in New Zealand since 2006 and more recently in Sydney, Australia. Liyen's work has been collected by The Chartwell Trust as well as prominent private collections in both New Zealand and Australia. In 2008, Liyen received the runner up prize in the Wallace Art Awards.
In addition to her art practice, Liyen has worked as a part time lecturer in Graphic Design since 2006 and is currently teaching at Unitec.

Ward Friesen
Ward Friesen (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Chinese settlement patterns in New Zealand and their implications.

Public and media attention has at times focused on the spatial concentration of migrant groups, and whether 'ghettos' are developing in New Zealand cities. This presentation considers the patterns of Chinese settlement between different parts of New Zealand, and within its larger cities, and considers the implications of these for migrants and for the host society.

This presentation will be made in the Plenary Session "Chinese Today" at 9.30 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: Dr. Ward Friesen is Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at The University of Auckland. His recent research focus has been in the areas of migration and ethnic change, and his research and publication have focused on various groups including Pacific, Chinese and Indian migrants. Other areas of research have included population change, international education, development in the Pacific, and urban change. He is a regular commentator in the media on these and related issues, and has been the author of four reports for the Asia New Zealand Foundation on the Asian populations of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Xiaoying   Fu
Xiaoying  Fu (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Know yourself, be yourself, reach the unreachable

Through a mainland Chinese eyes and personal experience, I will give an open discussion about the advantages and challenges facing Mainland Chinese new migrants along their career paths.

This presentation will be made in the session "Cracking the Glass Ceiling" at 1.30 pm on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: Born in China, educated in China and UK. In 1990, for higher education I left China for UK. I have lived in New Zealand for the last 13 years. Married with two boys. I had my PhD degree in computer science. But now I work as a banker in the financial sector. In my 13 years life in New Zealand, I have worked as a team leader, project manager, analyst programmer, business analyst and now I am the manager, Asian Markets within ANZ National Bank Financial Group. Prior to moving to UK, I was a lecturer at Nanjing University, China.
Don  Ha
Don  Ha (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Don Ha will be talking about his personal life journey as a new migrant from Vietnam who became a very successful businessman. His presentation will be given in the "High Flying Bananas" session at 11.00 am on Saturday, 18 July 2009
Biography: In 1994 Don sold his bakery to join the Real Estate industry in the hope "of bettering himself' - within his first year, without any experience, he sold and settled 86 property transactions.

Don is currently a team leader, and sales trainer of the dynamic team at Ray White Manukau. Since opening in July 2004 Ray White Manukau has already gained the Number 1 Office status for the Ray White Group in Auckland and Number 5 International Office out of 900 offices in internationally.

Don Ha was awarded the distinction of being Number 2 Salesperson in New Zealand and Number 2 for the prestigious International Leadership Award. The office started with 12 staff and now we have 60! Along with his personal achievements as a Real Estate Agent and a Franchisee owner, Don has also written a book called "Make A Million Selling Real Estate". Professionals have considered this to be a very inspirational book providing practical information with a common sense approach. This book gives you a great insight to Don and why it is he is so successful.
Don has achieved financial freedom at an early age and now assists others with their goals. He is a mentor to a number of people helping them reach their goals stepping that path to their financial freedom.

Challenges are what drives him, nothing ventured is nothing gained. A quote from his book "Your time here is finite, so make the most of it. Life is to be lived get out there and do it and do it now".

Elsie  Ho
Elsie  Ho (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Being old in a new country: Older Chinese immigrants' views on health, housing, home and getting help

Older Chinese immigrants' concerns about becoming ill or injured are complex, and the inability to access services because of language, financial and transport barriers are some major concerns. This paper explores a range of issues facing older Chinese immigrants in New Zealand, and discusses the research findings in the wider context of the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy.

This presentation will be given in the "Chinese Today" session at 9.30 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.
Biography: Elsie Ho is an Associate Professor in the Migration Research Group of the Population Studies Centre, University of Waikato. She has been researching the cross-cultural transition and adaptation of Asian immigrants and international students for over a decade, and the outputs represent the results of primary research conducted in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia, as well as extensive and innovative analyses of census and migration statistics. Her substantive research programmes have been funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, the Marsden Fund as well as contract funding from a range of policy-focused government agencies and community organisations.

Chang  Hung
Chang  Hung (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Chang will talk about his experiences as a radio broadcaster and TV reporter in the "Creative Cool Chinese" session at 4.30 pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Finalist in the CLEO Bachelor of The Year 2009, Chang grew up in Fiji and Sydney and moved to New Zealand eight years ago. The first person of Asian descent to win the Best New Broadcaster award within the radio industry, he works on The Edge radio station as Producer for The Morning Madhouse. Chang also serves as Gaming Reporter on TV2's The Erin Simpson Show. He was previously the crazy stunt guy who was on the air in the afternoons with Fletch and Vaughan. Chang is a self-confessed film buff and gaming geek!
Clifford Kam
Clifford Kam (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Clifford will talk about his 2008 NZCA Winter Camp experience and the impact it had on the way he values and appreciates her Chinese ethnicity and its culture.
This presentation will be given in the "Falling Leaves Return Home" session at 11.00 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: Originally from South Africa, Clifford Kam has witnessed life in a country that celebrates a wondrous mosaic of cultures, languages and traditions. A constant source of energy and fun, Clifford is always up for a challenge, and this enables him to keep an open mind towards everything that life throws before him. He was a delegate at the 2009 NZCA Leadership & Development Conference.
Kerry Ann Lee
Kerry Ann Lee (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Kerry Ann will give a Pecha Kucha presentation of her collage, poster design, zine-making and self publishing works in the session "Visually Chinese" at 2.30pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.
Biography: With a background in illustration and graphic design, specialising in collage, poster design, zine-making and self publishing I have a particular interest in exploring cultural intersections through traditional hand-made processes and digital media.

I have created artist books and fanzines for the past eleven years, which began with an infamous sporadical titled Help, My Snowman's Burning. In 2002, I founded The
Red Letter
, an international distribution catalogue for independent zines, comics and
small press publications in New Zealand and abroad. Celebretard Magazine, which I
co-produced, featured as part of Reading South at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2008. I have also worked on numerous community art initiatives from murals, exhibitions, workshops and children's and adult art education programmes, and have actively
organised shows and promoted local bands and artists since 1997.

I have been lecturing at Massey College of Creative Arts since 2002. In 2007 I was the recipient of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Emerging Researcher Grant and in 2008 I successfully completed my Masters in Design at Massey University. This was followed with the launched my first solo exhibition, Home Made: Picturing Chinese Settlement in New Zealand at Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington and being a Selected Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards 2008. Artworks from Home Made have also been selected for display at the residence of the new Ambassador to China in Beijing.

I am currently continuing my art and design practice while working towards future projects including artwork for Hue & Cry journal and exhibiting at Pataka Art Museum in August 2009. I have been recently chosen as the artist-in-residence at the Island6 Arts Centre in Shanghai in September 2009.

Frank Liew
Frank Liew (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Frank will talk about his experiences as a blogger and an international trend setter in the "Creative Cool Chinese" session at 4.30 pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: With a background of numerous years in sneakers, music, art, and alternative sports, Frank is the Founder of Qubic Store, Quarters Boutique and solejam.com. A man of many cultures and part-time globe trotter, he has been instrumental in the growth of the New Zealand street fashion subculture. Frank connects with numerous designers, influencers, and iconic figures in the global community, consulting for local and international companies such as Nike and adidas on special projects and campaigns. He holds personal blogs on key international influencer websites, Think Silly (http://blog.think-silly.com/frankliew) and Hypebeast (http://www.hypebeast.com/blog/frankliew).
Susan  Louie
Susan  Louie (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : A journey of exploration of a Chinese market garden girl through glass art.

This Pecha Kucha presentation will be given in the session "Visually Chinese" at 2.30 pm on SAturday, 18 July 2009
Biography: I love glass - glass objects - either functional or non-functional: it is a beguiling medium. What attracts me most is its luminosity, optical qualities, the heaviness, the fragility combined with its hardness, the endless possibilities....
My glass work references childhood memories of life experiences living on a market garden, as a Chinese New Zealander and therefore it is a continuous study of my identity and culture.

Susan has held office for the NZ Society of Artists in glass as Secretary and Editor of Glass News from 2004-2006 and elected President from 2006-2008.

Marcus Lui
Marcus Lui (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Marcus will talk about his experiences as Creative Director in the very competitive international marketing arena in the "Creative Cool Chinese" session at 4.30 pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Marcus Lui is Creative Director at The One Centre, a Sydney-based international branding agency specialising in positioning and total branding. With a focus on development of products, packaging and environments, his clients include McDonald's, Coca Cola, Audi, Tiger Beer and Freedom Furniture. Marcus holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Sydney and one in Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design in California and Switzerland. He carved a career in the branding industry in New York where, as Creative Director at Arnell Group and KramerHutchison, he served clients such as DKNY, Guggenheim Museum and Samsung.

Sam Minchin
Sam Minchin (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Digitally Chinese

Auckland City Libraries and the NZ Chinese Association Auckland Inc, collaborated to develop an online story-telling facility that enables the uploading of family histories, photographs, audio and video files with the goal of creating an online community for Chinese New Zealanders. The online community will provide tools to incorporate digital content, provided by the NZ cultural sector, which is relevant to the Chinese community.

An overview of the project will be given at 3.30pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009 and a demonstration seminar at 8.30am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.
Biography: Sam Minchin is the online service delivery manager at Auckland City Libraries. He recently led the redevelopment of Auckland City Libraries' website to achieve the vision of building a social digital space. The next phase of this project is providing tools that enable the development of online communities. The first of these communities is the Chinese. Sam also worked on the NZ Chinese journals project that included the digitization of three New Zealand Chinese publications (Man Sing Times, NZ Chinese Weekly News & NZ Chinese Growers) which is available at www.nzchinesejournals.org.nz.
James  Ng
James  Ng (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : 'The progress in historical writing on the New Zealand Cantonese'

The Cantonese in New Zealand have long formed the history of the Chinese in this country. Gradually the outline of their immigration is being filled with the social details necessary to depict them as a real people.
This presentation will be given in the Plenary Session "The Yellow Peril - Early Chinese in NZ" at 1.30 pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Jim Ng is a retired family doctor and community historian of the Cantonese in New Zealand. He is the author of the 4 volume Windows on a Chinese Past, for which he was made DLitt by his alma mater, Otago University. He is close to New Zealand Cantonese history and literature as chair of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Fund and he is additionally chair of the Lawrence Chinese Camp Trust and a member of the proposed Chinese Mining Heritage Trail. He has been long involved in the southern Chinese Presbyterian Church and Chinese language school and is a recipient of the Queen's honours of MBE and CNZM.
Jock  Phillips
Jock  Phillips (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : The 'yellow peril' - New Zealand racial attitudes and the history of the Chinese in New Zealand.

This presentation will be given in the Plenary Session "The Yellow Peril - Early Chinese in NZ" at 1.30 pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Jock Phillips is General Editor of Te Ara, the Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand. He was previously the Chief Historian following 16 years teaching American and New Zealand History at Victoria University of Wellington. He was also the founding Director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies. He has published eleven books on New Zealand history, of which the best known is A Man's Country?- the Image of the Pakeha Male: a History.
Ron Sang
Ron Sang (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Ron will give a Pecha Kucha presentation of his architectual works and his ceramics & art collection in the session "Visually Chinese - Artists in New Zealand" at 2.30pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Ron Sang was born in Fiji and came to NZ in 1957. He is a well-known architect and art collector. His company, Ron Sang Publications, has produced books on Len Castle Potter, Michael Smither Painter & Ralph Hotere Painter. Ron has received several achitects and book awards and in 2000 received the Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his contribution to Architecture and Art.
Ron was also a leading player in the organising of the Chnese New Zealanders Millenium Tree sculpture unveiled in 2005 in Auckland Domain and the Dragon sculpture for the NZ Olympic Team at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Donald Sew Hoy (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : The presentation is especially directed to the young people who if they wish to excel and if they have passion and determination to work hard, be focused and work even harder, then their aspiration can be achieved and success comes. Then this may apply "In my Great Grandfather's days the saying was "Go West young man , and he came to New Zealand " and now it could be "Go East, young man, go to China ".
Donald has had to take an urgent business trip to China so his speech will be be read by his youngest daughter, Vicki, in the "High Flying Bananas" session at 11.00am on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Donald Sew Hoy was born in China, arrived Dunedin from China in1948 with his family.
He is a 4 th generation descendant and Great Grandson of Choie Sew Hoy, early Chinese goldminer.
Donald's father persuaded him not to study to be a doctor, and instead to join him and two Donald's brothers to form Sew Hoy & Sons Ltd. who manufactured clothing for NZ and Export to Australia and USA. They employed over 700 staff. In 1971 Sew Hoy & Sons were presented with the" NZ Export Award " in recognition of outstanding contribution to NZ Exports by Prime Minister J.R. Marshall.
In 1972-73 Donald was elected President of the Otago/Southland Textiles and Garments Manufacturers Association, and in 1977-78 elected National President of The NZ Manuf. Assn, Underwear Division. Donald was Delegate and Spokesperson for the NZ Garment industry on NAFTA.( NZ Aust. Free Trade Agreement ) and later CER.
Donald & Jennie in 1990 formed Glacier Investments Limited to design garments in NZ and manufacture in China. Business expansion necessitated them to relocate from Dunedin to Auckland . This enabled them to be near their 3 girls who after graduating from Otago University were already in Auckland working for large companies.
Further expansion attracted two daughters, son -in- law and more Kiwi staff to join Glacier.
In 2006 Donald & his company won "The Warehouse Apparel Supplier of The Year"
April 7 2008 - NZ-China Free Trade Agreement in Beijing. Donald & Jennie were invited by then P.M. Helen Clark and Phil Goff, Minister of Trade to accompany them to Beijing to witness the signing of the FTA. This was a very historic and fantastic occasion with great celebrations. Donald & Jennie were invited into the Great Hall of The People in Beijing to witness the Signing by Ministers Phil Goff and Chen Deming at 11.30am 7 April 200D
Donald was invited by Premier Wen Jiabao to the Official State Luncheon for P.M. Helen Clark, and NZ Ministers and dignitaries, together with a limited number of NZ and Chinese business leaders, held in the West Hall inside the Great Hall of The People. Celebrations continued with NZ Banquet for 600 guests in Beijing Sofital Hotel Ballroom.. This was a personal dream that had come true. NZ-China FTA
April 9 2008, Phil Goff invited Donald to accompany him to Hanghzou, with the NZ Trade Delegation
Today Glacier have manufactured in China about 2 million garments annually, with the factories employing over 2000 staff to make this large quantity.

Mervin  Singham
Mervin  Singham (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Mervin Singham in his role as Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs will present the Opening Remarks at 9.00 am on Saturday, 18 July 2009
Biography: Mervin Singham is from Malaysia and has lived in New Zealand for over twenty years. He has an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Law from the University of Auckland. Mervin's career encompasses management roles in both the private and public sector. Before assuming the position of Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin spent eight years working in the field of human rights where he held the position of Chief Mediator, Human Rights Commission and, prior to that, several years in a multinational company based in New Zealand. His achievements include several United Nations consultancy projects and work in a number of jurisdictions including Australia, Fiji, Canada, UK and the Middle East. He currently leads a policy dialogue between the UK and New Zealand governments on the topics of multicultural communities, diversity and social cohesion.

Mervin has a particular interest in conflict resolution, public policy and intercultural issues. His human rights experience provides him with a unique insight into the dynamics of inequality and its intersection with cultural values.

Paul Spoonley
Paul Spoonley (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Researching With Chinese Communities: Some Observations

There is a significant and escalating need to understand the growing presence of Chinese communities, businesses, language and culture in New Zealand. A good evidence base is important in informing debates and contributing to decision-making. But for those of us involved in training the researchers, in funding the research or who take part in various policy debates, there are two important questions to be asked - the first is whether there is currently capacity to provide information, and if not, what needs to be done; the second is what model of research is most appropriate.

This presentation will be made in the Plenary Session "Chinese Today" at 9.30 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: Paul Spoonley is Professor of Sociology at Massey University. He began his research career by looking at the reactions of gatekeepers in Auckland to the arrival of Pacific migrants in the 1970s. His PhD in the 1980s was on racism and political extremism in New Zealand. He is chair of the Asia-Pacific Migration Research Network, an initiative involving 16 countries in the region. He is the leader of the Integration of Immigrants Programme (2007-2012) which received $3.2 million to look at the experiences and strategies of immigrants, including Chinese.
In the 2008-09 period, he is also involved in funded research on Chinese businesses (Asia-New Zealand Foundation) and sports and leisure organisations and meeting the needs of ethnic/immigrant minorities (ARPASS). Books that will appear in 2009 include Mata Toa. The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker (Penguin), New Zealand and International Migration (Massey University) and Exploring Society (Pearson).

Leo Suryadinata
Leo Suryadinata (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : "Chinese Migration in a Globalizing World"

Since the end of the last century, roughly 80% of new Chinese migrants have gone to developed and industrialized countries such as USA, Australia and New Zealand and 20% to Southeast Asia. This talk addresses Chinese migration generally and Chinese migrants in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand in particular, focusing on their socio-economic problems and process of adaptation.

This presentation will be made in the Plenary Session at 9:00 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.
Biography: Prof. Dr. Leo Suryadinata is currently Chairman of the International Society for the Studies of Chinese Overseas, Director of Chinese Heritage Centre (Singapore) and Adjunct Professor at Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was formerly Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore. His most recent books include Southeast Asia's Chinese Businesses in an era of Globalization: Coping with the rise of China (editor, 2006) and Understanding the ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia (2007).
Samapeap Tarr
Samapeap Tarr (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Peap will give a Pecha Kucha presentation of his unique works of art in the session "Visually Chinese" at 2.30pm on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Peap, or Samapeap Tarr was born in Auckland NZ
but grew up in many different places and countries because his mother is Chinese Cambodian and his father is from Te Awamutu and they were always on the move all over the place. He is a NZ based artist whose cultural background has influenced him and his emotions to create his signature sinister yet tranquil works of art.
Known primarily for his use of bold black ink on a blank white medium, his art exists in a world where lightness and darkness battle, yet coexist in the same breath to balance each other and contrast against each other. It represents the ups and downs of life, the yin and the yang, the
ongoing war that ends up being waged on canvas or whatever medium his work lies on.

Aside from local accolades such as the ArtBeatz (2005) and FunkyRazors (2007) shows, more recently Peap has been receiving international
acclaim and attention, including a feature in international Hi-Fructose magazine.

The Ventnor Group
The Ventnor Group (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Earlier this year, The Ventnor Group traveled to the home marae of Te Roroa and Te Rarawa to open relations with the iwi who have cared for the remains of our Chinese countrymen since the sinking of the SS Ventnor in 1902. The group was welcomed with open arms, and Chinese and Maori alike performed bai jay at the burial sites and along the beaches where the bones washed up.

This story of that weekend will be presented in the final session at 5.00 pm on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: The Ventnor Group is named for the ship SS Ventnor, which sunk in 1902 off the Hokianga coast taking with it the bones of 500 deceased Chinese goldminers. Over 100 years later, a group has formed to pay respects to those who were lost, and pay respects to local iwi who collected and buried the bones that washed ashore after the sinking.

The group comprises the Poon Fah Association of NZ, the Otago Southland branch of the NZCA and the Sew Hoy family, each of whom have historic links to the miners, and facilitators Wong Liu Shueng and Kirsten Wong.

Elizabeth (Libby) Wong
Elizabeth (Libby) Wong (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : OVERSEAS CHINESE IN A NEW GLOBAL WORLD (THE JANUS GEOPOLITICS OF IT) is the Conference Keynote Address being delivered at 9.30 am on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

The speaker traces the ever changing status of overseas Chinese against the background of historical events in China and the Western world.
Looking to the future, against the background of the recent credit crunch, experienced internationally, she highlights the importance of strategic partnership between the Chinese and the rest of the world to bring about peace and prosperity.

Biography: Writer and playwright; former Secretary for Health and Welfare; and Legislator of Hong Kong.
Libby Wong was born in Shanghai, educated in Hong Kong and is married to a Kiwi. A teacher by profession, she taught for many years before joining the Hong Kong Civil Service. She took early retirement from her position as Secretary for Health and Welfare to go into politics. She was democratically elected to Hong Kong's Legislative Council in 1995 with the highest number of votes in the last election under British rule. In 1997 she quit politics to write. She is now a popular bilingual fiction writer and playwright. Her best selling novels include Rainbow City and Flower Mountain.
Rodney Wong
Rodney Wong (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : "What's a nice boy like you doing a place like this?"

My business philosophy is simple:
Problems/Opportunities within a business are, usually known by those already in the business; they are also, usually the most effective in resolving them, if given the appropriate tools, focus, direction and motivation.

This presentation will be made in the session "Cracking the Glass Ceiling" at 1.30 pm on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: Born in Auckland, Rodney has over 25 years in the NZ food & dairy industry. Former Chief Executive Pacific Brands Food Group: 1992 - 2003, owned or managed the NZ business interests of Yoplait, Birdseye, IXL, Leggos, Plumrose, Nannas, and Edgell.

Strength lies in his ability to recognize value & build enduring businesses. The last 3 years, has been Managing Director Conzepts Engineering/Noske-Kaeser, Rotary District Governor 2005-6 and as Chairman of Crop & Food Research Institute leading the merger with HortResearch; to form Plant & Food Research. Director/Chair of biotech companies Gracelinc (Glucagel) & Speirs Nutritionals Ltd (omega-3 fish oil micro-encapsulation).

Robyn Wong
Robyn Wong (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Robyn will talk about her experiences in China including the 2007 Great Wall Marathon, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and family visits to her ancestral villages.

This presentation will be given in the "Falling Leaves Return Home" session at 11.00 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.
Biography: Robyn Wong grew up on a farm outside Masterton to become a semi professional mountain bike rider. In 2004 she represented New Zealand at the Athens Olympics. Robyn's major achievements include 16th at the Athens Olympics, 14th at the World Marathon Mountain Biking Championships in 2003, world ranking of 22nd in 2004 and two times NZ National Series Champion.

Robyn worked for companies such as National Bank and TelstraSaturn before she left her career as a chartered accountant to pursue her love of cycle racing overseas. Robyn worked as a Consultant for 2 years which offered her diverse, challenging work and flexibility - a necessity for her while training and competing at an elite level.

Now retired from competitive cycling, Robyn dedicates her time to managing New Zealand teams for Olympic and Commonwealth Games. She coaches athletes and in 2007 ran the Great Wall of China Marathon - however this year her challenge is the 38km Routeburn track.

Alison Wong
Alison Wong (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Alison will discuss and read from her novel, "As the Earth Turns Silver" at the Opening Reception at 6.50pm on Friday, 17 July 2009.

From the 1890s to the 1920s, from Kwangtung to Wellington, Dunedin and the Western Front, the story is of two families - the Wongs and the McKechnies - and the far-reaching love affair between Yung and Katherine.
"This is rich, rewarding fiction of the highest quality... [It] reaches across the racial divide in fascinating ways."
Geoff Walker, Penguin New Zealand.

Read more about the book in this PDF flyer.

Biography: Alison Wong was born and raised in Hawke's Bay and, apart from several years in China, has spent most of her adult life in greater Wellington.
She was the 2002 Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University; her poetry collection, Cup, was shortlisted for the Best First Book for Poetry at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards; and her poems were selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2006 and 2007.

Her first novel, As the Earth Turns Silver, is published by Penguin NZ and by Picador in Australia, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. It will also be published in French.
Sonia  Yee
Sonia  Yee (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : The Golden Tide - A Radio New Zealand production which extracts the essence of the Chinese New Zealand experiences.

This presentation will be given in the "High Flying Bananas" session of the conference at 11.00 am on Saturday, 18 July 2009.

Biography: Following a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Canterbury University) Sonia went on to graduate as an actor at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Amidst performing in various theatre productions and radio dramas, her main focus and passion was her own writing, with a solo show - The Wholly Grain, (premiered 2003 with a reworked toured season in 2005). Sonia's role at a Wellington community radio station eventually lead to an opportunity at Radio New Zealand, and the production of her 5-part series The Golden Tide.

Sonia currently produces South Island stories for the out and about human interest programme Spectrum for Radio New Zealand National.

Koreen Young
Koreen Young (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Koreen will talk about her 2005 NZCA Winter experience and the impact it had on the way she values and appreciates her Chinese ethnicity and its culture.
This presentation will be given in the "Falling Leaves Return Home" session at 11.00 am on Sunday, 19 July 2009.

Biography: Koreen is a Poll Tax descendant from Napier, Hawkes Bay, who completed a Bachelor of Design at Massey University before moving to Auckland to pursue her career as a motion graphic designer with a start up company which became Health TV. In 2003 she was asked to speak at NZCA's exhibition opening of "A Barbarous Measure - The Poll Tax and Chinese New Zealanders" at the National Library Gallery, Wellington. She has a background in dance and a keen interest in sport, competing in NZCA Easter Tournaments for 11 years and is currently involved in running ACCCSC's Volleyball Club. Koreen is also currently pursuing her passion for volleyball competing in South Pacific Games in April and Nationals in October.
Cyril Young
Cyril Young (Rising Dragons, Soaring Bananas International Conference (2009))
Presentation : Cyril will talk about his personal life experience of a New Zealand-born Chinese in China during the significant changes that occurred from the fifties to the seventies. This presentation will be given at 11.00am on Sunday, 19 July 2009 in the "Falling Leaves Return Home" session.
Biography: Cyril Young was born in Dunedin and went to China in the 1950s. He spent the next two decades in China and returned to New Zealand after the Cultural Revolution. Cyril graduated from South China Normal University and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. He has worked as an interpreter and translator in Auckland for more than 20 years and taught interpreting at the Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland University of Technology.