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Arts residencies in Asia calling for applications

Our culture programme has two outstanding opportunities for New Zealand arts professionals to travel and work in Japan or Taiwan in 2011. Applications for the 10-week JENESYS Japan residency for curators close on 14 January 2011. Contemporary arts professionals have until 21 January 2011 to apply for the Taipei Artist Village residency in Taipei City.

Shanghai business study trip open to school leaders

A six-day study trip opportunity in Shanghai in July 2011 is now open for 10-12 heads of business studies departments in New Zealand schools. The purpose of the visit is to deepen educators' knowledge and understanding of Shanghai and China, regional growth and New Zealand business connections, thus better equipping them to increase Asia Awareness in schools.


Silk Road songs and Shanghai jazz usher in Chinese New Year 2011

Announcing the dates for the much-anticipated 12th Chinese Lantern Festival in Auckland and Christchurch! This year we are bringing over Chinese rock pioneers Askar Grey Wolf, mixing Uyghur and Han Chinese influences; Shanghai Bai Yulan jazz band reviving the jazz atmosphere of 1930s Shanghai, and the spectacular Chengdu Puppetry Theatre. Mark your diaries, this is not to be missed!

Trilateral co-operation affirmed at Kuala Lumpur talks

Foreign policy experts met in the Malaysian capital in November 2010 for the third annual ASEAN/Australia/New Zealand (AANZ) Track II dialogue. With a population of more than 560 million and accounting for NZ$4.4 million worth of New Zealand exports (year ended June 2010), the ASEAN countries remain a key partner for this country. Asia:NZ executive director Dr Richard Grant reports.

Generosity and vitality define the Filipino way

Dominion Post reporter and Asia:NZ media grantee Amanda Fisher spent several weeks in Manila on a journalism internship at the Philippine Star. The country's fraught history coupled with socioeconomic difficulties gave her plenty of story leads. In this short essay, Amanda reflects what it’s like to be a Kiwi journalist living and working in the Philippines.

China rediscovers its place in the world

"As China’s international status grows, its civilisation excites an increasing interest in the outside world." Although half a century old, this statement by an Oxford China scholar rings especially true in the light of the recent discovery of an ancient Chinese coin on the Kenyan coast, dated about 100 years before the first European explorers arrived on the continent. In Regional Matters this month we take a fresh look at history.

Happy holidays from Asia:NZ

We have had a very busy and successful 2010 and would like to thank all our followers and supporters for your ongoing collaboration. Our offices will be closed from 24 December and will reopen on 5 January. We look forward to bringing exciting new projects and opportunities to all in the new year and wish you a relaxing festive season. - The Asia:NZ team

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