House debates

Monday, 11 September 2023

Statements by Members

Feng Hua Chinese School

1:44 pm

Photo of Jerome LaxaleJerome Laxale (Bennelong, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

LAXALE () (): Last Saturday, I had the absolute privilege of attending the Feng Hua Chinese School Moon Festival celebration. It was a delightful and enriching experience that not only celebrated the rich traditions of Chinese culture but also highlighted the school's remarkable 25-year journey in serving our local community. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Feng Hua Chinese School was an occasion filled with pride and gratitude. Over the past 25 years, the school has played a pivotal role in Bennelong by providing quality Chinese language education to all and promoting cultural exchange. The moon festival celebrations and traditional Chinese clothing parade, which were part of the anniversary, were shining examples of how the school brings people together to celebrate Chinese culture and heritage. They provide a platform for cultural exchange, foster a sense of belonging and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Bennelong. This is a lesson that my parents taught me when I was growing up. They were both born overseas. They obviously love Australia and call it home, but they both celebrate their first culture and that of their family with pride.

Soon many in our community will come together across Bennelong to celebrate the moon festival. Like many multicultural celebrations, it's one that transcends all communities. Locals in Bennelong now attend Holi, Diwali, the Korean harvest day, Easter, Lunar New Year and the moon festival. In multicultural Australia, we celebrate one another and our cultures. To all Chinese Australians: sheng ri kuai le.