Chinese Youth League 澳 洲 僑 青 社


The Chinese Youth League (CYL) was first established as the Sydney Chinese Youth Drama Association on 1st July 1939. It was formed by a group of patriotic Australian Chinese Youth gathering regularly to perform drama and Cantonese Opera to raise money helping China to fight against Japanese invasion.
Many Chinese seaman were stranded in Sydney during the Pacific war, and many Chinese from the Pacific islands also came to Sydney. CYL helped them finding jobs, provided them meals and accommodations. CYL organised around 1,000 seamen to Brisbane to help build landing craft in supporting of the Australian government’s effort to fight against Japanese invasion.
CYL help Chinese fight for their rights and have played an important part in ending the “white Australian policy”. Over the years CYL has supported Australia government’s multiculturalism by participating at many sports and culture events to promote Chinese Culture and Value.
CYL participated in the Folk-Dance competition at the Sydney Opera House from the 70’s to 80’s. We organised Chinatown Carnivale as part of the NSW Carnivale since 1980. In 1988 we produced a dance and song performance show based on Chinese contribution to Australia as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebration. The show was performed in Sydney Opera House, Brisbane and Melbourne. Moreover, Prime Minister Bob Hawke invited us to perform at the parliament house in welcoming Chinese Premier Mr. Li Peng. In year 2000 it was a great honour for CYL to perform at the Opening Ceremony of Sydney Olympic games.
Our sporting teams performed very well in representing CYL, NSW and Australia. Table Tennis were our major sport from 1950’s to 1970’s. We won many Championships in NSW’s tournament and contributed greatly in promoting the Table Tennis sport. Basketball was reorganised in 1973,  we started by participated the Sydney Basketball Association’s C grade and then gradually promoted to A Grade. CYL organised the Chinese community tournament from 1978, where both our men and women team were a strong force in winning many tournaments.
Our Lion and Dragon Dance troupe work very hard to perform every year at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. They are also participating at local and international Championships. In 1990 our Lion and Dragon Dance team came 3rd place at the first world championship held in Kuala Lumpur.
CYL was one of the first participant and has joined every Sydney Dragon Boat competition since its inception in 1984. Our team is competitive and continue promoting the sport. Our men’s team won the Australian Championship in 1997 and represent Australia in the world championship. We were very proud to won bronze medal, the best record that any Australian team ever achieve. Recently, our men’s team performed very well in winning 200 and 500 Australian title.

News and Events

The Recreation group organised a short trip to Tasmania from 2nd of May to 6th May, although the weather was a little cold, it cannot stop everyone’s enthusiasm for the sign seeing. In just 5 days and 4 nights, we travelled around Tasmania and ate delicious seafood.
It was such a memorable trip. Our trips are usually very popular, please book early if we would like to join us for the upcoming trips.
We arrived at 7:30am with only 17 paddlers , one sweep and a drummer. We were short of 3 paddlers for a full boat race. It was a very windy and cold day. The team spirit were high and we beat our own PB in every race.  Excellent team of crews with mixed ages being oldest in the 70’s. 
It is first time in the history of CYL, we have mum, son and daughter-in-law are in the race and did us proud.  The grandchildren came to support and have taken some excellent photos. We sure finished up with a high note,  very proud of the team and special thanks to the coaches for their time and commitment.
Roy, the freelance photographer came to film the Tai Chi Group on 1st June.  All group members in their bright yellow tai chi uniform turned up early at CYL premises to rehearse prior to the shooting.
The shooting only lasted for about 20 minutes, followed by interview conducted with some of the group members.  
We all treasured this occasion and thought that it was a good opportunity to promote CYL and Chinese culture.

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