Yuye Zong  SID:450512560

In my news feature, I am going to write about the Greens Member of Parliament, Jenny Leong, and discuss her views about Chinese-Australians in politics. The news value can be seen from the following aspects. Firstly, recent news reports indicated that, following Jenny’s introduction of a bill to repeal the Drug Detection Dog Program, NSW police officers had posted abusive comments on her Facebook page. In this case, political participation was not focused on political activities but rather on personal abuse, using discrimination against a politician’s ethnic background. It inspired us to think about the situation of Chinese-Australians in politics. Secondly, it has been one year since Jenny Leong won the parliamentary seat of Newtown in March of last year. As the representative of this new electorate whose demographic consists of relatively young people, she may be able to give us some newsworthy information from her dealings with her constituents.


(Source: Official site of Jenny Leong http://www.jennyleong.org )

Jenny Leong will be the interviewee of my feature story because she is a politician with two special identities that are rare in Australian politics: female with Chinese heritage. Before her, there was no female member of the lower house with a Chinese background. With her achievement in politics, what role does she see for herself in the political arena? What advantages and disadvantages come from her special identities?

The history of Chinese migrants in Australia can be traced back to the 1850s (Asian Studies Program, 2004). According to some statistics, the proportion of people in NSW with Chinese ancestry is 4.3%, which is the biggest minority group (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011). In 2009, Chinese had already overtaken the English and become the largest source of migrants to Australia since then (Martin, 2009). In the parliament of NSW, there are three members with Chinese heritage: Jenny Leong and Geoff Lee in the Legislative Assembly with Ernest Wong in the Legislative Council. Even at a federal level, the number of politicians with Chinese background is still very few, with senators Zhenya Wang (WA) and Penny Wong (SA) being the most prominent. Are Chinese Australians underrepresented? What will be the future of Chinese Australians’ political participation?

The writing style will be the nut model with a lead, nut graph, main body and conclusion. The title of the feature story will be redesigned after finishing the interview with Jenny Leong. Tags include “Jenny Leong”, “politics” and “Chinese”.

The preferred online publication will be ABC Radio Australia ­— Chinese, and the target audience will be Chinese Australians. This online publication is a part of the ABC and is supported by the Australian government. It has both online text news and iTunes podcasts (Radio Australia ­— Chinese, 2016). Since this feature story includes an interview with a politician of Chinese background, it will be more attractive to those audiences who have a similar cultural background. Politics is also an important part of daily life for Chinese Australians, so discussions about this issue are relevant to them.  (word count 504)


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Australian Bureau of Statistics,. (2011). 2011 Census QuickStats: New South Wales. Censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 28 April 2016, from http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/1?opendocument&navpos=220

Martin, P. (2009). China now biggest source of migrants. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 April 2016, from http://www.smh.com.au/national/china-now-biggest-source-of-migrants-20091207-kffd.html

Radioaustralia Chinese,. (2016). Radioaustralia.net.au. Retrieved 28 April 2016, from http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/chinese/help