The original introduction to “Growing Up Asian in Australia” | Peril magazine When I first wrote my introduction to Growing Up Asian in Australia, I felt that the stories and their authors were so brave, so witty, funny, generous with their experience, that it deserved a weighty introduction worthy of such a significant collection – an introduction that highlighted the historical reasons for the dearth of Asian-Australian literature that did not fit into conventional ‘migrant narrative’. After the below introduction was completed and edited, I was told by a trusted adviser who had decades of experience in the book publishing industry, that this type of heavy introduction might not make people want to pick up the book at Borders. She was absolutely right. Academics and students might be interested in the history of Asian-Australians, but we as a popular culture are perhaps not ready. Alice Pung In 1770, Captain Cook stuck his flag up next to a pile of rocks, conveniently forgetting about the indigenous population, and claimed the land for the British Empire.
Aboriginal Languages - Australian Indigenous Language (verbal, non verbal) When I speak language, it makes me feel [at] home.—Roger Hart, Aboriginal elder  I think that Australia holds one of the world's records for linguicide, for the killing of language. Multilingual memory masters Aboriginal people are experts when it comes to language. In my community, it was common to speak 10 languages. “[Aboriginal] language is an important embodiment of cultural heritage, knowledge, tradition and identity unique to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” says Russell Taylor, Principal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) . Languages don’t just carry information. For Aboriginal Senior Australian of the Year and Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga language carries the essence of Aboriginal culture. Even if language is acquired later in life it can instil a sense of well-being and belonging for many Indigenous people who have lost ties to their culture . Aboriginal language groups Mourning. Resources Dharug Dalang
What I Wrote Alice Pung has also provided some Writer's Tips Alice Pung discusses writing her memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, including the joys and the pitfalls. She talks about how her cultural upbringing shaped her writing life and discusses the importance of humour and hope in her work. Jessica Mauboy to kick off Australia Day celebrations by singing the national anthem in Aboriginal languages Uncle Max Eulo conducts a smoking ceremony during the official announcement of the Australia Day 2016 program. Photo: Steven Siewert Jessica Mauboy will help to unfurl celebrations across Sydney on Australia Day by singing the national anthem in local Indigenous languages while perched on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The breakfast-time performance by the 26-year-old Aboriginal star is part of the day's WugulOra ceremony, one element in a powerful display of First Nations tradition on a date that will forever be "complex" for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. For the first time, smoking ceremonies - cleansing rituals that are millenniums old - will take place at seven points around the harbour in remembrance of the founding of New South Wales in 1788. Max "Dulamunmun" Harrison III and Dwayne "Naja" Bannon-Harrison during the smoking ceremony. Aboriginal elder Uncle Max Eulo, who will lead one of the ceremonies, said the day is more about history than celebration.
Alice Pung | Black Inc. Publishing Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Born a month after her Chinese parents fled from Cambodia to Australia as asylum seekers from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge Regime, Alice has used her shared family's experiences to write stories that captivate all readers. She has won numerous awards including the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australia Book Industry Awards for her first book Unpolished Gem (Black Inc). Alice’s writing has appeared in many notable publications including the Monthly, the Age, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.
The Dreaming Aboriginal dancers telling Dreamtime stories at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony. Image source unknown. Warning. Australian Stories may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. Australian Stories also contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased. The Dreaming, or 'Tjukurrpa', also means to 'see and understand the law' as it is translated from the Arrernte language (Frank Gillen with Baldwin Spencer, translating an Arrernte word Altyerrenge). Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations. Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth. The relationships between land, animals and people In most stories of the Dreaming, the Ancestor Spirits came to the earth in human form and as they moved through the land, they created the animals, plants, rocks and other forms of the land that we know today.
Sunday School - Growing Up Asian in Australia by Alice Pung Sunday School - Growing Up Asian in Australia by Alice Pung May 27, 2012 , 9:04 AM by KuljaCoulston Libbi Gorr and Christopher Creek from Bayside Christian College in Langwarrin South, discuss identity and belonging, drawing from the VCE English text Growing Up Asian in Australia, the collection of stories by Asian Australians. This text gives us a variety of insights about how this might happen in a cross cultural sense. Listen to the whole discussion using the audio link below. Kutcha Edwards - Little Day Out Following Sunday School, Libbi Gorr continues the discussion about identity with Mutti Mutti man and singer songwriter Kutcha Edwards. central_victoria_sunday_mornings , gippsland_sundays , goulburn_murray_sundays , melbourne_sundays , mildura_swan_hill_sundays , shepparton_sundays , western_victoria_sunday_mornings
History ‐ Australia Day What drew Australians together in this way? Did Australia Day become a day for all Australians to enjoy? Celebrating Australia: A History of Australia Day is an essay commissioned by the National Australia Day Council. Completed in 2007, it was researched and written by historian Dr Elizabeth Kwan. Explore its sections below. Beginnings 1838: The Jubilee 1888: The Centenary 1901: Federation 1938: The Sesquicentenary and The Day of Mourning 1988: The Bicentenary Australia Day, 26 January: A day for all Australians? Timeline About the author: Dr Elizabeth Kwan has written and lectured widely on Australians' transition in identity, from British to Australian, with particular attention to national flags: the Union Jack, and since 1954, the Australian national flag. Her book, Flag and Nation: Australians and Their National Flags since 1901 (UNSW Press, 2006), explains Australians' changing relationship to those flags and the politics of patriotism which shaped it.
Blog - alicepung Over the past weeks, I have been asked many questions about Laurinda at launches, public talks and over the radio, so I thought I would share these written answers with readers about the book: How much does Laurinda draw on my own life experiences? Growing up, I went to five different high schools, and I have always been fascinated by the way institutions shape individuals. In each new high school I felt like I was a slightly different person - not because anything about me had immediately changed - but because people’s perceptions of me had. High school is the only time in your life where a large part of your identity is actually shaped by other people. Many of the examples in the book are taken from direct experience, or experiences of my teacher friends. Lucy Lam, my protagonist When I wrote the character of Lucy, I was very aware of her voice first and foremost, very certain that the reader would be hearing her thoughts and not her words. What is the Cabinet? Power in Laurinda
1938: The Sesquicentenary and The Day of Mourning ‐ Australia Day By 1938 Australians, still 98 per cent British in background, had, after almost one hundred years, found agreement on the name, timing and nature of the day's celebration they had come to share. All six state premiers were in Sydney, again very much the focus of the Australia Day celebrations. But Brisbane's Courier-Mail warned against seeing those celebrations as 'merely of local interest': 'Sydney has the pageantry, but the event it recalls and reconstructs is significant to all Australians. FIGURE 16: The flyer, with resolution, advertising Australian Aborigines' Conference and Sesquicentenary Day of Mourning and Protest, 26 January 1938. The NSW government, seeking to match Victoria's celebration of its centenary in 1934, had chosen as its centrepiece the re-enactment of Captain Phillips' arrival and flag-raising at Sydney Cove, followed by a pageant. But the organisers saw Aborigines as essential to the day's proceedings. Next - 1988: The Bicentenary
Growing up Asian in Australia - Book Reviews - Books - Entertainment Everyone has their battle scars from primary school. One of my worst was turning up at my school, a newly arrived child-migrant, attending her first sports day. My problem was sartorial - I wasn't wearing shorts like everyone else in grade 3. My mother, in the Sri Lankan style, had insisted I wear a lovely short smock - garish green for my house - with a matching set of (handmade) knickers. It was the Age of Aquarius - the mid-1970s - but it wasn't exactly the outfit to perform the mandatory somersault in. Of course, I couldn't get out of it. Despite the shrill call of some politician under the spell of elections, Australia has absorbed successive waves of migrants for more than 200 years. It's an expression of assertiveness and confidence when the experiences of a group - hardships as much as triumphs and easy self-deprecations - are shared broadly. Celebrating "exoticism", of course, is not the preoccupation of this project. This book is more heartful, however, than statistical.