Article reproduced from the column of Stephen Yarwood, Adelaideâ€™s Lord Mayor in the City Messenger. Asia is booming. Its economy has proven resilient during economic downturn and it is overwhelming to contemplate cities bigger than Australia’s population. Tokyo and Seoul are greater than 20 million and a further 10 Asian cities have populations of more than 10 million. That’s big! Given Australia’s proximity to Asia, it is important we build a future with this region for cultural and economic benefit. Asian students and immigration bring valuable business opportunities to our shores whilst cultural diversity and associated spectacular food make Adelaide a more dynamic and interesting destination. All over the world local Chinatowns are the material expression of the growing connection between east and west. Adelaide’s Moonta Street, located adjacent the Central Market and Gouger Street, is a good example of a focal point for people of diverse Asian backgrounds to
Chinatown is set to get a splash of colour… anime, cosplay, Harajuku fashion and music.
Chinatown Adelaide is well-known for great entertainment on Friday nights. Recently we have been extremely lucky to have Taiwanese celebrity singe Connie Lu Hsin perform in Moonta Street. Glamorazzi models together with the GlamoDesign crew set off to do some random street interviews at Chinatown Adelaide Moonta Street on Friday 16th March 2012 late afternoon. They were accompanied by Connie Lu Hsin. The GlamoDesign crew filmed many interviews with the locals and asked what they think of the vibrant activities going on the culturally rich precinct. GlamoDesign Chinatown Adelaide You Tube Clip
Adelaide is the jewel in the crown of South Australia, and is the first and last vision that visitors have of this great state. It is what drives investment to the state, particularly in the areas of mining, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. The heart of any city is undoubtedly the food district; it is a place where people congregate, trade, live life and engages. This is where the true vibrancy of a city emerges. In Adelaide our food district is the Chinatown precinct. The true heart of the city may be known as Chinatown but it really represents a broad cross section of our multicultural community and the wider community soaking up the atmosphere and cosmopolitan vibrancy of the wider Chinatown precinct. The benefits for South Australia are lucrative and far reaching. They include increased tourism and investment, an increased residential linkage to business, the greater salability to overseas investors and
Celebrations are well under-way for Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai! SBS has a comprehensive list of event’s in Australia. Adelaide’s big day is today, the 28th January with Moonta Street the focus of attention. View a great video of celebrations in Beijing and images from the BBC. The dragon year brings with it forecasts of wealth and prosperity. The Business Review says there will be a “much-needed economic boost to the retail sector, particularly in the luxury goods department.” The Australian reports a record number of Visa’s to Chinese visitors. Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said the growth of tourists from China had been 20 per cent a year for the past two years. Chinese tennis superstar Li Na is reportedly responsible for a huge rise in ticket sales to the Australian Open. Locally, Premier Jay Weatherall said “China remained important to the state’s economic future but the rest of Asia