In the recent morning light, a small but energetic figure always appeared at the train station in the surrounding area of ​​Mount Waverley in the foggy area, holding a bright red campaign sign, smiling brightly and patiently telling passers-by about his running for state assembly. Vision and dream. In the WeChat circle of friends, she laughed at herself that her hands and feet were frozen. It is hard to imagine that she is Jennifer Yang, Ms. Yang Qianhui, with the halo of "Victoria's first Chinese female mayor" above her head.

The city of Manningham where Jennifer once worked has an auspicious Chinese translation called "万年兴". At the end of 2013, she had just finished her term of office as mayor and successfully stepped down. A few days ago, she began to invest non-stop into the preparations for the state assembly. Minority, female, and her early age made her first step into politics and attracted a lot of curious and skeptical eyes. However, it took her three years to prove her ability to the mainstream society. Now she has faded away from her former glory and concentrated on alternatives, but she is safe in the outcome of the election. "I hope to be able to serve the community, but winning the election is not the only way." She smiled and added a sentence in standard Mandarin: "However, I also look forward to getting what I want and letting the political circle see the active Chinese. Let every Chinese feel "prosperous with each other"."


Simple dream, set sail for politics

Jennifer, who was born in Taiwan in 1977, is so elegant and likes to put a sunny smile on her lips, which makes it difficult for people who meet her for the first time to associate her with the changing political arena. Her early experience did not reveal the slightest clues to politics. She continued to study for master degrees in earth sciences and information technology based on her personal interests. She first set foot on the land of Melbourne just to accompany the parents of immigrants. However, destiny unhurriedly unfolded her pre-set path in front of her. The acquaintance with the local Mr. Robert made her decide to settle in Melbourne, and the encouragement of her friends from the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in 2008 made her the first time to participate. The idea of ​​electing city councillors.

Jennifer said that the original intention of the Chamber of Commerce friends is very simple. At that time, the Manningham district where Jennifer lived had no precedent for Chinese parliamentarians. The local Chinese eagerly hoped that someone in the parliament could speak for them. "My friend told me half jokingly, at least if you run for the election, we will see a familiar name when voting." Jennifer recalled with a smile. With an easy-going personality, she didn't want to let down the expectations of the local Chinese, and immediately set out to stand for election. However, she is not without her own ideas. After arriving in Melbourne, Jennifer noticed a reality: There are active Chinese in all walks of life in Australia, but Chinese in the political field are always rare. She had heard occasional news of Chinese candidates for election before, but most of them ended in failure. Now Jennifer sits opposite me and talks about the reasons for this: cultural and language barriers, lack of interest in politics, and unfamiliarity with political ecology have made the road of Chinese politics full of thorns. "But the failure of the predecessors is not meaningless-what we need is the enthusiasm of the predecessors," Jennifer stretched out a smile, "My dream at the time was also very simple, one is to give back to the society, and the other is to let the mainstream society see the Chinese. No matter where you are, you can shine."


Alternative notes flowing into politics: down-to-earth is far better than a thousand words

Jennifer, who was running for the first time, was a little immature. She laughed and said that she even had an abstract understanding of the work of parliamentarians at the time, and she could only groped forward with the team; however, the frantic attempts did not stop her enthusiastic heart. "You can never wait until everything is ready to start working." Jennifer said, this is her life creed; it is true. In 2003, she just graduated from Monash University with a major in information technology, but unfortunately encountered a job hunting boom in the IT industry. When many locals had difficulty finding an offer, she found her first job within a month. "I don't have any tricks, it's just that I submitted more than three hundred resumes in that month." Jennifer described it calmly. She lacked experience and English speaking and speaking skills in the first few interviews that seemed like disasters, but it was them that contributed to her growth, which made her finally knock on the first door with her hard work and accumulated experience. "Others are afraid of failure, but I don't want to set limits on myself. I have no regrets if I try hard. After all, I only need to seize one of XNUMX opportunities." After five years, she is still the same newborn calf when she was first involved in politics. I am not afraid of the tiger's strength, and learn from other candidates with the team, often fighting until midnight. After the news of the failure came, she was not disappointed, and she shifted her focus back to the family. Soon after, she gave birth to a second child and returned to family happiness.

However, the unsuccessful sweat in the first battle also quietly bred fruit, and the Australian politics finally threw an olive branch to this thin Chinese woman. In 2011, the resignation of a parliamentarian led to a recount, and she was elected as the first candidate. Jennifer, who was already the mother of the two children at this time, couldn't help being a little worried besides the surprise, and her husband's firm support gave her a reassurance in time. She laughed and said that her husband has always been the “number one volunteer” in her political career, and her unconditional recognition and encouragement alone are her most indispensable help. Jennifer was not favored when she first entered politics. She was among tall and eloquent colleagues. She clearly felt that others looked at her as if they were saying: This little Asian girl with little speech can do it. what? Faced with doubts, Jennifer chose to respond calmly in his own way. She believes that sensitivity, closeness to the people, humility, and down-to-earth are all her advantages. Others think that career and family are difficult to balance, so she simply takes her children to participate in community activities; when she does not understand the conversation or can't figure out the operating mechanism, she simply admits and confesses that she has lived and learned as she is; her colleagues are talking When talking, she chose to go deep into the community and think about the most needed issues in the community with a delicate touch that is unique to women. Slowly from the feedback from voters and the changes in the eyes of her colleagues, she knew that she was right. "They said: her style is different from ours, but it doesn't mean she can't do things." Jennifer smiled. She took office as the deputy mayor in December 2011 and was elected mayor with the highest vote in November 12. Her job has changed from part-time to full-time. Behind her busy schedule is the recognized happiness.


A grateful heart bears the glory of the Chinese

After the mayor’s term ended, Jennifer decided to run for the state legislator to seek welfare for the residents of Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley. Different from the first time running for the election, she was thoughtful and not prepared to fight empty-handed. She belongs to the Labor Party, which pursues social democracy, and her campaign slogan is printed on the leaflet: Putting people first. She said that the translation of this sentence into Chinese is based on the people, and its spirit corresponds to the "people but the state" mentioned in "Shangshu", and the following sentence "bengu Bangning" is exactly what she looks at the state politics. The reason. Jennifer said that the city council has the closest and most frequent contact with voters, so that it is easy to understand the real needs of the people; however, it can do nothing in the face of the current state government policy defects. In the first battle in Victorian politics in 2014, she is committed to promoting a series of detailed policy reform visions formulated by the Labor Party for current education, medical care, transportation, employment, etc., and even the current ambulance dispatch system adjustments, hoping to make up for this. The social trauma caused by the sub-budget, she used her meager strength to defend the community she lives and loves. Jennifer believes that Victoria's support for multiculturalism ranks first in Australia, and the peaceful and peaceful social atmosphere is not a day's work. As a mother, she cares about the future of her children, so education and employment issues are imminent; as a wife, her husband’s experience with cancer exposes the weakness of the medical system to her eyes; and as a citizen, she believes In the current economic situation, it is urgent to protect the happiness of residents. Jennifer said that her husband miraculously recovered health and gave birth to two angelic children with herself. The family enjoyed peace in the community. All this made her grateful. Therefore, she believed that the community should be better. I hope to contribute to this process with meager efforts.

Jennifer said that she felt that "Chinese parliamentarians seek welfare for the Chinese" is too one-sided. She believes that citizen welfare is common. She not only seeks welfare for the Chinese in the community, but also looks forward to seeking welfare for the entire community of compatriots with different skin colors, and even the entire Victorian residents. However, she has never forgotten that she is a Chinese and has quietly influenced Australia's mainstream politics with a Chinese perspective. She said that when she received a phone call from a resident during her tenure and the other person spoke Chinese, she often felt a warmth in her heart; when her young children were unexpectedly proud of their teachers at school When she said "My mother is the mayor", she felt a heavy burden on her shoulders while smiling. Jennifer said that the "prosperity and prosperity" of relatives and even the majority of Chinese people is not only the source of her happiness, but also the endless motivation for her work. Embracing this grateful heart that is expected and recognized, she is rushing through the streets and alleys every twilight morning, struggling on the next journey of giving back to this love.

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