Online event: Growing up Asian in Australia

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There have been several reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a significant increase in anti-Chinese and anti-Asian racism in Australia, with some verbal and even physical abuse that has created a feeling of uneasiness amongst the Asian Australian population.

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Date:
Wednesday 08 July 2020 05:00 pm until Wednesday 08 July 2020 06:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Lauren Elliott
events@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Ideas & Society Program & La Trobe Asia
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public Lecture; Public
Cost:
Free to register

There have been several reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a significant increase in anti-Chinese and anti-Asian racism in Australia, with some verbal and even physical abuse that has created a feeling of uneasiness amongst the Asian Australian population.

To address the issue of anti-Chinese or anti-Asian racism in contemporary Australia, The Ideas and Society Program and La Trobe Asia have invited three of Australia's most talented, perceptive and influential younger writers and thinkers of Asian background to reflect upon their personal experience of growing up in Australia, the racism they have encountered, and the strengths and weaknesses of Australian multiculturalism.

Speakers

Tim SoutphommasaneProfessor Tim Soutphommasane is a Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. He was Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2013-18, a member of the board of the National Australia Day Council, and the author of several books, including The Virtuous Citizen: Patriotism in a Multicultural Society and Don't Go Back To Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works (2013). As Race Discrimination Commissioner, with considerable courage he led the successful struggle to maintain Australia's laws offering protection against all forms of racial vilification.

Benjamin LawBenjamin Law is the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010). Ben created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on it. In 2019, Benjamin was named one of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians. Ben co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything and interviews public figures for Good Weekend. Through his work in the popular culture, it is arguable that no one in Australia has done more than Ben to help break down some of Australia's oldest anti-Chinese and anti-Asian prejudices and stereotypes.

Alice PungAlice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Alice's two memoirs, Unpolished Gem and Her Father's Daughter, have been widely celebrated and have thrown light on the experiences of a daughter of a family who escaped the killing fields of Pol Pot's Cambodia before settling in Australia.

Moderator

Bec StratingDr Rebecca Strating is the acting Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University. Bec is a recognised authority on the international politics of maritime disputes in Asia and Australian foreign policy. She was an Asian Studies Visiting Fellow at the East West Center in Washington DC in 2019 and was awarded the prestigious Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2018.

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