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by A. Tsang, New Zealand Jul 25, 2005
Child & Youth Rights , Education , Culture   Opinions


In conclusion, I would suggest New Zealand Immigration should do an “Attitude Test” to every migrate and overseas Chinese student who are going to New Zealand. The authorities should also kill all those bad agents who are selling “Fake Hopes” and picking the wrong person to land on our beautiful land.

Every migrate and overseas Chinese student also need to pass the New Zealand Road Code Test. Since many Chinese use bicycles and public transport in their hometown, rich Chinese actually have chauffeur back home. Many of them have very poor road sense. Even some of them have Chinese Driver Licenses, they are hardly use them. I believe the compulsory test could keep our road safe.

There are ignorant and arrogant Asians in this country (especially Auckland). They ignore New Zealand road codes and New Zealand laws until they are caught red handed. Rather then being tough on English level, I am begging New Zealand to do some good screening. I look forward a compulsory Road Code Test, Fishery Law Test and Attitude Test for every new comer to New Zealand. I always wonder why our authorities do not pick the right Chinese who will contribute and assimilate to our community. I certainly school agents are not happy with my tone especially they are big clients of many local Auckland Chinese papers. This is the reason I never write this article in Chinese.

On the other hand, our Export Education sector should have the attitude to help and guiding young Chinese to the Boulevard of success. I believe every kiwis are people with compassion. Maybe we should launch a campaign to save those frustrated Chinese students who already landed. Let us be their mentor and guide them to the NZ way of success. Don’t let them turn into the highway to hell. If we can, so can the million of Chinese parents who would really thank us and really give a big boast to our “Export Education Industry”. As a Chinese idiom said, "Water can lift and also sink a boat." See how smart our fellow New Zealanders can handle the issue.

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A. Tsang

I was born in Hong Kong, China in the year 1975. I'm a born Catholic and educated in English and Chinese since kindergarten. I arrived in Auckland in 1993 as an overseas student at Sacred Heart College. A year later, I followed my parents, migrating to New Zealand in investment categories.

I tried to get a degree at AUT and Auckland Uni but never made it. I earned a Diploma of Language and Culture at Auckland Institute of Studies. I was working in a gas station and as a caregiver in 2 healthcare organizations, but had no employment for longer than 1 year.

During my unemployment, I worked with my dad with some freelance interpreting, cleaning, lawn mowing for my dad's property and as a 24-7 sole caregiver to my pregnant wife. I am also an active volunteer and trustee of a Chinese Mental Health Family Support Group based in the Eastern Suburbs of Auckland. During my 12 year stay in Auckland, I flew back to Hong Kong 6 times, with one trip to Tianjin City, China (a city close to Beijing).

Cherrie Kong | Aug 20th, 2005
That's an interesting article. Maybe we could start helping "new-comer" youth at the grassroots level... that is, helping them make friends with the right crowd so that they feel safe here and thus, can work to achieve their potential. We must not leave the responsibility to the government - we can help too by explaining the differences and making them feel a sense of belonging, a sense of ownership in this new, foreign country.

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