After the first stage, I ask them some questions about a picture with no words. They are nervous, shy and some freeze and need to be crank started or come back later. Maybe some have not talked to a foreigner and are very shy. Most didn't know the answers because they learn by rote. And they are amazing as to what they can memorise. In that confusion of question time we have to say "that's all" and some knew they were finished. But for most we had to say "bye bye" with matching hand waving for them to realise they could go. Many long goodbyes were had.
There is a touch of irony here in that it was the Chinese government — not its Australian counterpart — which had suggested that the distinguished sinologist and leading authority on Chinese opera be present during Xi's address.
"The addition establishes their guiding status in the country's political and social life, reflects common aspirations of people of all ethnic groups, embodies the unity in the Party's advocacy and people's will, and makes clear the common ideological foundation for the entire Party and all the Chinese people to strive for national rejuvenation," read the document.
The researchers used computerized tomography - or CT - scanning to confirm the bone was human, followed by a process known as uranium series dating to narrow down its age.
On April 10, a job fair for inmates was held in a prison in Shaoguan, Guangdong province. More than 600 job vacancies were offered to 214 prisoners who are about to be released.
One of her ancestors, Isaac Nathan (1790-1864), was a distinguished conductor and composer. After coming to Australia in 1841, he opened an academy of singing. Nathan went on to become the choirmaster of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney and organized the largest concert of sacred music in the then British colony.
Looking back at that day in Parliament, the mild-mannered academic said: "I felt deeply honored by his reference to me … deeply honored."
Seeking jobs is not the exclusive domain of graduating students or laid-off workers — it's also an essential activity for people behind bars to reenter society.