Before serving as Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong, Jocelyn Chey made the bold choice to learn Mandarin at university.
- Despite China’s rise, few young Australians are choosing to study Mandarin
- Students say it’s a very difficult subject to learn at high school
- There’s concern Australia and China’s tensions might make it harder
Arriving from Europe with her parents as a teen in 1954, she’d made her mind up to learn an Asian language. But unl…