Big step from China
His Chinese wife Vivian, whom he met in Australia three years ago, did not become a citizen, but she and their daughter Angela attended the event to show support.
“China is my motherland, but Australia is now my country and I just wanted to become a citizen to make my contribution to the country,” Mr Lu said.
“I have no other relatives here in Australia, so I am excited to be the first Australian generation of my family.”
The electrical engineering PhD student at Sydney University found the culture challenging at first, but it was only a matter of time for him to understand the Australian way of life.
“It didn’t take long for me to adapt to this country because I connected with the Australian way of thinking quickly,” Mr Lu said.
More than 16,000 people became Australian citizens on Tuesday, with 50 people at Kogarah Council and 71 people at Rockdale Council.