About CYL

The Chinese Youth League (CYL) was first established as the Sydney Chinese Youth Drama Association on 1 July 1939. It was formed by a group of patriotic Australian Chinese Youth gathering regularly in the Shanghai Cafe on Campbell Street, Sydney. Three years later, the name was officially changed to the Chinese Youth League in August 1942. Today it is one of the oldest Chinese Community Organisations in existence in Australia.

Aims & Objectives

Since it’s origins, CYL has worked to promote friendship between Australia and China. Today, it has developed to embrace all round cultural, sports, social and welfare activities as discussed above. The objectives of the Chinese Youth League are to:

  • Promote Chinese Cultural activities
  • Foster Friendship and Goodwill between Australia and China
  • Undertake Welfare and Charitable work
  • Organise recreational and sports activities
  • Participate in Community activities to promote Multiculturalism

CYL Today

The Chinese Youth League is a Government recognised non-profit community organisation with some 7,000 members coming from all walks of life. It’s activities spread across the social stratum and include the following:

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Cantonese Opera

Like all versions of Chinese opera, it is a traditional Chinese art form, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting.

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Cultural Dancing

The group aims to teach and preserve Chinese culture and raise awareness of the beautiful art of Chinese Dancing.

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Lion & Dragon Dancing

Lion Dancing involves gestures and movements that closely mimic the emotion of the mystical animal tell the story behind the performance.

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Wushu

Wushu is a martial art and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.

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Dragon Boat

A dragon boat (also dragonboat) is a very long and narrow canoe-style human-powered boat. It is now used in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing which originated in China over 2000 years ago.

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Table Tennis

CYL Table Tennis Group holds exercise games on Monday, Thursday and Friday three days a week at the CYL Clubhouse. This activity suits people of all age.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced for health reasons. CYL Tai Chi Group practises on every Tuesday.

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Recreation Group

The Recreation Group is a social group, that organises events and extra-curricular activities for all ages.
Activities can include bush-walking and sightseeing.

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