SBS WorldWatch breaks down the language barrier

News anchor Jeff Kuan, former chief reporter of Taiwan Next magazinewho moved to Australia in 2016, says his program will broaden the outlook for the estimated 600,000 Mandarin-speaking Australians and English-speaking viewers who might watch the program on SBS OnDemand.

It is democracy. It’s freedom. That’s what equality means to me.

Jeff Kuan

“Finally, we have a program on mainstream media,” Kuan says. “It will really help our community understand Australia. Plus, we become a window for the local Mandarin community to speak out.

Kuan also hopes the new Mandarin news program will help dismantle generalizations about the political views of the Chinese people.

“For example, when Labor won the election, the opinion of the mainstream media was, ‘Oh Chinese Australians are voting Labour.’ I interviewed people and they told me they voted Liberal. A gentleman who spoke to me said: “Yes, the Australian-Chinese relationship is shit now”. However, who should take on this responsibility?

“So it’s quite interesting because not all Chinese people say China is right. For me, coming from Taiwan, there could be issues in my own country that Australians may not be aware of, and it’s something we can offer – different points of view.

Informed multicultural communities could also have an impact on future elections, says Al-swaiedi.

“A lot of people went to the elections and didn’t know who to vote for because they didn’t know the politics in Australia. Now they can choose knowing what’s going on.

For Kuan, SBS WorldWatch is an example of Australia’s “willingness to invest in the minority”.

“This country is ready to take care of people, even if those people don’t vote for them. It is democracy. It’s freedom. That’s what equality means to me.


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