Tomorrow, on the 21th of September 2021, the Online and Offline Gala Celebration of an Essay Competition on 【Borderless Love During the Pandemic】 and 【Enjoying the Moonlight】 Mid-Autumn Festival is being held on the Fisherman’s Wharf of the City of Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province in China, that Australia China Entrepreneurs' Club hosts in conjunction with ABC World. Due to Covid-19 restriction, we are only able to host this event up to 150 people onsite. However, there are 12+ venues worldwide and expected audience through our online audience, attending the event worldwide including more than 10 Chinese Australian influencers, who contributed to the competitions and shared their moving stories online to millions of overseas Chinese in different countries.
One story tells in this competition of essays, in particular, the ordeal that an Australian Chinese named Judy, who experienced all the trouble to get a departure exemption from the Department of Home Affairs, then applied for a Chinese visa to visit her dying mother in China, booked three different flights to make sure that she would be able to get on, two of which were subsequently canceled, but lucky enough, she finally got on the only uncancelled flight, and went through all the troubles of going through the extremely slow and cautious custom and arrived in her Quarantine hotel in China, ready for the 14 day quarantine to see her mother. She waited with agony to try to On her 7th day of agony in waiting in hotel quarantine, she had to witness her mother passing away, before her very eyes, in hospital through video call. It was absolutely devastating. The story has been shared and viewed by over 5 million people worldwide.
The “Borderless Love During the Pandemic” topic originated from my personal story that I posted on the 18th of August, an occasion that I had to teach, with uttermost patience, my 80 year old parents with difficulty using video-call on their mobile device. Due to their difficulty in hearing properly and lack of understanding of the new technology, it took us very long to figure things out and we were able to chat for over an hour. That story has been shared and reposted by many of my friends, and miraculously, starting from the next day, many friends started to call their elderly parents and loved ones to show their filial and respect for the elderly. Three days later, I received very strong and positive feedback from an overwhelming amount of people that resonated with my story. Hence the reason for my start of the “an Essay Competition” which aims to encourage people worldwide to contribute by writing their stories on how the pandemic has impacted their families in the overseas Chinese community.
To date, the competition published 25+ stories, and it is still adding up a new one daily, through our WeChat platform “Abcmedia”, reached, shared, and reposted on 25+ popular news and media outlets throughout the world.
You can join us tomorrow night too! It is going to be held on my LinkedIn live and Youtube live starting from 9:30pm AEST on 21 September, 2021, my pilot livestream on Linkedin Live, while offshore due to Covid19 restrictions. Your patience and tolerance is appreciated.