Race & multiculturalism
Not Racist, But …: Indigenous Australia and Racism
What role does racism play in the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia today? How does racism impact on the health of Indigenous Australians? How has racial oppression become institutionalised over the decades and how has this been rationalised since European settlement?
In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated…
The Wheeler Centre
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
Anita Heiss, Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne — Photo: Scott Limbrick
In her introduction to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, editor Anita Heiss writes: ‘[These] stories cover country from Nukunu to Noongar, Wiradjuri to Western Arrernte, Ku Ku Yalinji to Kunibidji, Gunditjamara to Gumbaynggirr and many places in between.’
It’s a collection of truly diverse stories – sometimes surprising and funny, often confronting and always illuminating – that paint a rich and detailed picture of what it means to come of age as an Aboriginal Australian. How do the formative experiences of Aboriginal Australians shape their sense of self and their sense of community? And what experiences do Aboriginal kids across the country have in common – whether they’re in the city or the suburbs or in the most remote corners of the continent?
With contributors Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne, Heiss hosts a frank, funny and forthright discussion of formative years and life lessons.
Not Racist, But …: Racism, Identity and Labels
Who is ‘black’ in Australia today? Who is Asian-Australian? Who is ‘white’? And where do race and religion overlap when it comes to identity? And is it really possible, or desirable, to be colour-blind?
In this session – the third in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Yassir Morsi, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Luke Pearson and Chingaipe…
To writer Jenny Zhang, candid and subversive humour is an important ingredient in writing about marginalised groups. Women and people of colour, she explains, must have the opportunity to tell stories that deal not only with struggle, but with absurdity and joy. In conversation with Brodie Lancaster, Zhang talks about physicality, forging a fresh path as a writer and woman of…
The Wheeler Centre
To writer Jenny Zhang, candid and subversive humour is an important ingredient in writing about marginalised groups. Women and people of colour, she explains, must have the opportunity to tell stories that deal not only with struggle, but with absurdity and joy. In conversation with Brodie Lancaster, Zhang talks about physicality, forging a fresh path as a writer and woman of colour, and the complexity of autobiographical readings of her fiction.
Brodie Lancaster and Jenny Zhang — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Her essays and poems were already earning accolades from Rookie readers, but Zhang thought she was being catfished when Lena Dunham tweeted to say she loved her work. She wasn’t.
Dunham – the real Dunham – wanted Zhang to write the first book published by her new Random House imprint. The result, 2017’s Sour Heart, is a collection of short stories about Chinese-American girls and young women growing up in New York – the daughters of artists who fled the chaos of Mao’s China, only to wind up struggling to survive in a new country. Her stories traverse generations and continents, from public school in Queens to the streets of Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution.
Not Racist, But …: The Media and Racism
How does a person’s race or religion frame how the way they’re portrayed in the media? How do news narratives perpetuate racism?
In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Karen Farquharson, Usha Rodrigues, Anthony Kelly and Oishee Alam discuss racial sensationalism and stereotype in the Australian news today.
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