When did you start learning Chinese? What inspired you to take up the language?

During my first year of uni, I was interested in languages and Asia. 

Tell us about your Chinese language learning journey? What has been the most unexpected or rewarding part of the experience?

I started learning Chinese in my first year of university, the most rewarding part of the experience has been all of the opportunities that this has brought me. For me, Chinese was not as difficult as many make it out to be, it is a logical language and Chinese people are fantastic to speak with. This includes: - a full scholarship to study in China for a year - travelling to China twice for the Chinese Bridge competition and TV show - market insights that led to starting my business - becoming a member of the Asia New Zealand foundation - access to exceptional talent for hiring - numerous friends and connections

What opportunities have opened up for you as a result of your Chinese speaking ability?

- a full scholarship to study in China for a year - travelling to China twice for the Chinese Bridge competition and TV show - market insights that led to starting my business - becoming a member of the Asia New Zealand foundation - access to exceptional talent for hiring - numerous friends and connections 

What do you like most about the Chinese culture? 

The adherence to traditions and historical practices. 

What are the most striking differences between Chinese and Kiwi culture?

Values. Kiwis value time, Chinese value convenience. 

Why do you think other New Zealanders should learn Chinese? Do you have any tips for anyone thinking of taking up the language?

Because it will open a world of opportunities. My number one tip is to learn the fundamentals of Chinese characters - they make a lot of sense and each has a unique history.