Venue: Catchpoles Room Jamison Southern Cross Club

Time: 7:30pm

Entry: Gold coin donation

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Background

Alex Olah is a retired public servant whose career was with AUSTRADE and included a number of overseas postings (Jakarta, Beijing, Singapore, etc).

From August 2009 until July 2016 Alex worked as an English teacher at the China University of Petroleum (www.upc.edu.cn) in Dongying and Qingdao, Shandong Province.  He was accompanied by his wife, Vera.

Alex’s talk will discuss particular aspects of Chinese culture.  Questions he will attempt to answer, among others, include:

  • Major differences 1984 – 2016 (they were posted to Beijing in 1984-6)?
  • Why does one notice so few old people in China?
  • How many Chinese are left-handed?
  • Why do many young Chinese admire Jewish people?
  • Does the game “Chinese Whispers” work in China?
  • What is the Gao Kao, and why is it so important?