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BRUCE Li has been spotted in Coffs Harbour. But not the Bruce Lee you’re possibly thinking of.
Mr Li is an exchange student at Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour Campus from his home town Fujian in China.
“I came for independence,” Mr Li said.
Ahead of this year’s Harmony Day (see below), SCU really is a multicultural hotspot.
Gathered yesterday for our photograph, Mr Li was joined by Indian national Jiya Khangura and Iranian Sid Moradi.
“I came for the experience,” Miss Khangura said. “And it helps that my sister lives here!”
Although she scored highly on an English exam before coming to Australia, Miss Khangura had trouble with the language barrier when she arrived.
Mr Moradi overcome his language problems by learning a new sport.
“I didn’t know any rugby rules,” he said. “But I went along to practice and they taught me the rules as we played.”
Swedish student Noshin Mansourian has enjoyed studying psychology in Coffs Harbour.
The university is smaller than her home campus in Stockholm, but this makes learning easier as she can get to know her lecturers and discuss her studies with them.
Mr Li, Mr Moradi and Miss Mansourian finish their studies at SCU at the end of the year while Miss Khangura will continue studying for another 18-months.