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The domino effect of $200,000 bank mistake

By Gao Yinan (People's Daily Online)    16:54, February 18, 2016
The domino effect of $200,000 bank mistake
(Photo/The Advertiser)

Good things have been coming to a 27-year-old Adelaide international student named Dong Siqun, also known as "Queenie" Dong, just like dominoes toppling one after another.

Ms Dong, originally from Hangzhou, in east China's Zhejiang province was chosen as the student ambassador by the University of South Australia (UniSA) last month. Thereafter, she has received job offers from at least ten companies in Australia since February. Also, she stars on the world's popular TV dating show, If You Are The One. And, her book based on her experiences as an international student in Australia is about to be published in China.

Dong Siqun, once the youngest lawyer in her homeland is now studying social work at UniSA. Just like many international students, she does various part-time jobs in her spare time, mingling with native people and tries to immerse in the local life and culture.

The lucky domino started when $200,000 mysteriously appeared in her NAB savings account on June 30 last year. The bank explained that the money was transferred to her account due to a mistake by the bank. Dong Siqun returned the money immediately.

"The Advertiser", a local newspaper wrote stories about her act of honesty as well as her participation later in If You Are The One. The infamous match-making show attracts more than 30 million Chinese viewers every week, with a growing cult following in Australia.

The two stories brought Ms Dong both popularity and opportunities and she even got her rent at a low price in Adelaide. On Feb 1, this year, Dong Siqun was invited as the only student to a Spring Festival Dinner where she met with Governor of South Australia, the South Australian Finance Minister, the mayor of Adelaide and Chinese Consul General in Adelaide. Officials are interested in her experience and asked her about the whole story.

And as an even bigger surprise, "UniSA is considering eliminating my school fees," Dong said she was told by the school leadership at the dinner. 

Ms Dong stars on the world's popular TV dating show, If You Are The One. (Photo/The Advertiser)
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