LI Na said it well when she wished everyone a happy Chinese New Year on Saturday night after her loss to Kim Clijsters in the Women’s Final. Will the Year of the Rabbit finally be hers?
Every year Chin Communications puts together its take on the year to come in its popular Chinwags Newsletter. LI isn’t a Rabbit, but there are a few highly ranked women who are. Li and her compatriots would have been much better served had the Australian Open provided high-quality Mandarin interpreters to assist in press conferences.
Chin Communications has done its share of sports-related interpreting in Chinese over the last few years, with Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and, indeed, the odd tennis encounter. Australian organisations need to catch up with the rest of the world and realise that other languages are important too and not expect everyone to be able to speak English like, well, Roger Federer.
Did you know that Rabbits cost the Australian economy up to $1 billion annually in damage and losses. The Rabbit-Proof fence wasn’t much help – perhaps the Great Wall would be better. Chinwags also covers a story on Kim Il Jung’s attempt to become a bunny breeder or boiler.
A lot of rabbits have drowned during the floods and even pet bunnies are threatened by what appears to be resurgent Myxomatosis. The human population is also going to be in the headlines in this Rabbit Year.
As the saying goes - jian tu gu quan - whistle up the dog when you spot a rabbit – take advantage of an opportunity that comes only once in a long while – you’ll just have to read more in Chinwags or online at: http://www.chincommunications.com.au/chinesenewyear.php
To find out where and how Australia is celebrating Chinese New Year in 2011, see the Chin Communications blog which has a listing: http://chincommunications.com.au/blog/
Happy Chinese New Year – gongxi facai!
China’s holiday period: Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) - 2 - 8 February 2011
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