Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 in Speeches
On 28 October I attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the Hunan Association of Victoria. Over the past 10 years the Hunan Association has developed into an organisation of more than 200 active members in Victoria, and it is highly respected among members of the Victorian Chinese community here and overseas. Apart from delivering a range of social services to its members, the organisation is well known for preserving and promoting traditional and contemporary performing arts of Hunan Province origin, with its artists performing at numerous events throughout the years. This year they joined the Embrace China art performance group from Hunan Province to perform at Melbourne town hall in front of more than 1200 people.
This organisation has been promoting Victoria in China through receiving and assisting delegations from China over the years and facilitating visits of Victorian organisations to China. In 2011 it organised the first visit of public broadcasters ABC and SBS to Hunan TV, the second most‑watched TV channel in China.
Having known and worked with the organisation since its establishment, I wish to pay tribute to its members for their contribution to the Victorian community in promoting multiculturalism. I send my congratulations to the president, Mrs Jianhuang Li, for providing leadership during the past 10 years and especially for her relentless efforts in strengthening our relationship with China in the Asian century we are heading into.