Venue: Catchpoles Room Jamison Southern Cross Club

Time: 7:30pm

Entry: Gold coin donation

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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 ( 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?