The changing face of modern Australia – 1950s to 1970s After the Second World War (1939–45) the Australian government committed to a vigorous and sustained immigration program. The purpose of this ambitious program was to meet labour shortages, protect Australia from external threat and create prosperity. As a result, from 1945 to 1975 Australia's population almost doubled from 7½ million to 13 million. About 3 million migrants and refugees arrived. Spanish immigrants on board on their way to Australia, courtesy of South Australian Migration Museum This was a major break in policy. The original introduction to “Growing Up Asian in Australia” 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.
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.—Prof Ghil'ad Zuckermann, linguist, Adelaide University  Multilingual memory masters
This Australian Life: 10 words about - Learn English - Australia Plus What is life really like in Australia? How to do people think, interact, communicate, eat, work, play and relax? Join three young recent arrivals from the Asia Pacific region as they experience an 'ordinary' week in Australia. Australia’s migration history Australia’s migration history The nineteenth century In 1788, when European settlement began, Australia’s Aboriginal population was about 400,000. Today, over 20 million people live here. Migration has been the main driver for this change. 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. She speaks of the editing process in compiling Growing Up Asian in Australia. She openly reveals her writing process.
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.
English Bites Series 9 - Learn English - Australia Plus English Bites is an informative and entertaining way to improve your knowledge of the English language. You'll find the full list of available episodes from Series 9 of English Bites below. Chapter 1: Immigration 1901–39: An Overview - More People Imperative: Immigration to Australia, 1901–39 Immigration has been a vital feature of Australia's history and identity. The nation today is composed not only of its own indigenous peoples but a wide variety of ethnic and cultural groups. Although Australia has always been multicultural, for at least a century and a half after European settlement, the British predominated.
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). Her next book, Her Father's Daughter (Black Inc), won the Western Australia Premier's Book Award for Non Fiction, and it was also shortlisted for the Premier's Literary Awards in Victoria and New South Wales, and nominated also in the Queensland Literary Awards. Laurinda, Alice's first novel, was published by Black Inc in 2014 and was one of Readings' Top 100 bestselling books for the year.
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.