A Word From Our Editor: Welcoming the Future of 2021
2020 has been a strenuous year commencing with a virus starting from China’s Wuhan and hitting the rest of the world by storm, taking over 1.6 million souls with it. As the entire world grinds to a halt, Australia is no different; struggling to recover from catastrophic financial losses whilst dealing with further external economic challenges from China’s trade freeze. Fortunately, the Australian government is trying everything within its power to face these unprecedented challenges head on.
Australia is a very successful multicultural nation where people of all races are respected equally. Despite rampant Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence within some parts of the Australian Chinese community and institutions working against Australian interests, the Australian government has continued to emphasise the importance of this community as part of the fabric of mainstream society and clearly distinguishes the Australian-Chinese community from the CCP. Every time the Australian-Chinese community seemingly comes under any pressure from the rest of society, the Immigration Minster and sometimes the Prime Minister will publically affirm the contributions of Chinese Australians.
当我们看到满街都是中国餐厅、处处都是“Made in China”时，就会情不自禁地以此为荣。但如今，病毒疫情横行，中共的霸凌令澳洲上下同仇敌忾时，我们华人的故国优越感还剩多少？几年的风风雨雨让我们更加认清自己，我们是名副其实的澳洲人，绝对不是中共当局的涉外工具。
We swell with pride when streets are lined with Chinese restaurants and items big and small are labelled with “Made in China”. However, how proud do we now feel about our motherland following widespread discontent due to Covid and CCP’s continued hostilities? The past few soul-searching years have let us see ourselves much clearer. We are not tools of CCP’s overseas infiltration; we are true Australians.
As Chinese-Australians, we should be thankful to this society’s tolerance and patience. We are willing to stand together with the rest of the Australian people for what is our right.
However, some Chinese like to chase after shadows and continue to accuse the Australian society of being “racist” towards Chinese. There is no denying that there are isolated cases of racial discrimination towards those of Chinese decent in Australia, but magnifying individual cases through public opinion will only push Chinese-Australians into further controversy. Australia has sound legal frameworks to deal with such cases and to protect all those living here, including each Chinese person.
This pandemic has also pushed every media outlet to a financial death plunge with many having to halt operations or scale back operations. However, Vision China Times Australia has not only stood our ground but has forged ahead; all this is due to the immensurable support from our readers.
Attracting worldwide attention, the US election has drawn disappointing behaviours from mainstream media and social media giants. Playing with various motives and interfering with the election, the media has been engaging in bias and censorship. They have thrown media independence into the wind and in many cases directly misleading the audience.
However, Vision China Times Australia does not have or promote a subjective position in our reporting. We present facts and situations to our readers which mainstream media may have intentionally dismissed and/or censored. From our editorials and reports, our readers are able to see the full picture of the US election and the real situation around the world.
2020 is nearing an end, we hope the pending Christmas bells will clear the haze within this great nation. We believe that the Australian government has the ability to bring peace and harmony to this country. We also need to use our actions to show that Chinese-Australians are an invaluable part of this society. Together with all other Australian ethnic groups, we are creating our future and walking towards the dawn of 2021. Vision China Times Australia will accompany you hand in hand.
Wishing our readers and clients a very prosperous and happy new year.
Yan Xia (Chief editor)
Vision Times Media Australia