ACCRC was initiated by Australian Hokkien Huay Kuan Association, together with the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China, and Eastwood Evergreen Elderly Centre in 2003 as a charitable education organisation.
The objective of the ACCRC is to provide a platform for the Australian children, whether of Chinese origin or not, to learn and understand the Chinese culture, so as to cultivate the young generation to be culturally rich, respectful, and tolerant.
The motto of the ACCRC is: Following Masters & Learning Masterpieces.
Since July 2003, the teaching has been conducted by experienced voluntary teacher totally free of charge to children aged 3-13. The ACCRC started from seven little kids of one class, it now boats many classes in Sydney's Haymarket and many local suburbs, even Gosford, offering weekly courses for several hundred children.
ACCRC teaches moral values and traditional culture based on the Chinese Four Books and Five Classics (四书五经), mainly, The Confucian Analects, The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, Lao Tsu, The works of Mencius, Zhang Zi, Di Zi Gui and The Three-Character Classic, as well as some traditional English works. By reading aloud, hence memorising through recitation of ancient Chinese classics; handwriting and copying masterpieces; and through storytelling, and lecturing, the students have shown marked improvement in language skill, memorizing, concentration and confidence. Not only have they learned thousands of Chinese characters, the children who have attended the courses are known to display decent and respectful behaviors at home and in community; outstanding academic performance at schools; solid understanding of social norms and cultural integration and tolerance; and profound self-confidence and love to others.