I Love Aus­tralia

Vision Magazine - - From The Editor - 夏言Edi­tor-in-chief

As March wraps up the first month of Autumn in Aus­tralia, the his­toric visit of Chi­nese Premier, Li Ke­qiang, stirs up the al­ready heated topic of China. It has long been sug­gested that the 21st cen­tury will see a world that cen­tres on China, or per­haps more ap­pro­pri­ately put, a world that China has "bought" over. The rise and fall of mod­ern China draws the eco­nomic life­line of ev­ery coun­try around the world.

Re­cently, one par­tic­u­lar book has drawn a lot of aca­demic at­ten­tion: Age of Dis­cov­ery: Nav­i­gat­ing the Risks and Re­wards of Our New Re­nais­sance, by Ox­ford Martin pro­fes­sor Ian Goldin and re­searcher Chris Ku­tarna.

Chris Ku­tarna is a Cana­dian born doc­tor­ate in pol­i­tics who has lived in China for sev­eral years and speaks flu­ent Chi­nese. He be­lieves that Chi­nese an­ces­tors in­vented pa­per­mak­ing, thus lay­ing the foun­da­tion of the Euro­pean Re­nais­sance. The dra­matic rise of China at the end of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury has pushed the world into a sec­ond round of Re­nais­sance, es­pe­cially now, with the devel­op­ment of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and the age of the In­ter­net bring­ing the world closer than it has ever been.

Weeks ago, I had the plea­sure of be­ing in­vited to test drive the new Tesla Model S P100D, which looks like a lux­ury sedan yet is fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent. This was an ex­pe­ri­ence into the very lim­its of con­tem­po­rary, cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy that this cen­tury can nd pos­si­bly reach, a ve­hi­cle en­gi­neered with the po­ten­tial to re­place hu­man driv­ing en­tirely. Its in­her­ent con­cept us­ing elec­tri­cal power gives us a hint on what's to come in the fu­ture line of car devel­op­ment.

As global devel­op­ment soars at an all-time high in our mod­ern world, peo­ple are grow­ing more anx­ious about where this un­stop­pable revo­lu­tion is tak­ing them. Glob­al­i­sa­tion has be­come a con­tentious and di­vi­sive is­sue to­day as time-hon­oured in­sti­tu­tions, tra­di­tions and cul­ture are be­ing swept away by these rapid forces of moder­nity.

"This cen­tury is a rac­ing game", states Ku­tarna. "We live in a cen­tury filled with flour­ish­ing ge­nius and pro­duc­tion, yet also one full of risks." Our world has be­come a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the bright and dark sides of dis­cov­ery and in­no­va­tion. In or­der not to leave cer­tain groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions torn in this prickly time, we must try and guide the trends.

I be­lieve that to live in Aus­tralia is a priv­i­lege and plea­sure. Aus­tralia is a rel­a­tively young and free na­tion that of­fers us the op­por­tu­nity to lead a healthy and ful­fill­ing life­style in an un­spoiled beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. It is en­riched by a mul­ti­cul­tural pol­icy that up­holds hu­man dig­nity and em­braces di­ver­sity while cher­ish­ing long­stand­ing tra­di­tions.

To­day, we share an is­sue of Vi­sion Mag­a­zine with you il­lus­trated by the new Re­nais­sance, an era where fash­ion and cul­ture is in­dis­pens­able. I would like to thank the ed­i­to­rial team for their ob­ser­va­tions and end­less cre­ativ­ity. Aus­tralia is a coun­try filled with op­por­tu­ni­ties and "ge­niuses", and trust me when I say, Vi­sion will re­main clear and strong in its mis­sion and not be lost amongst the chaotic trends that be­set so­ci­ety to­day.

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