cultural values

Doku Rai: Challenging our image of East Timor

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“We are brothers, we support each other. But the question is, does Australia think of us like brothers?” Colonised for centuries by the Portuguese and occupied later by Indonesia – East Timor’s struggle for Independence is well remembered by Australians. But outside of politics how much do we really know about the island nation? A [...]

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Special SBS Report: Mandarin’s growing influence in Hong Kong

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“There’s more of a future as a global citizen in Mandarin… It makes strategic sense, it makes good business sense.” For the first time this year Mandarin has overtaken English as the second most spoken language in Hong Kong. As Christy and Kenny Au get ready for school early on Monday morning, their mother Queenie [...]

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Fighting prejudice, one roll of the dice at a time

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A boardgame has been launched by Sydney’s Burwood Council as a tool in the battle against racial bullying. Prejudice can start early… even in the school playground. Research shows children targetted because of their ethnic background become vulnerable to anti-social behaviour later in life. Now a local council in Sydney is doing something about it, [...]

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Being bilingual: Why migrants should keep their mother tongue

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“Globally bilinguals and multilinguals out-number monolinguals, who are a small – but the in the case of Australia – a very strong minority.” Despite Australia’s multicultural mix, Diversity Studies and Languages educator Dr Criss Jones Diaz says we’re falling well behind the world when it comes to learning a second language. She says Australia is [...]

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Special SBS report: Breaking the silence on FGM in Australia

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“You bleed, you just cry, you can’t defend yourself… Imagine having an operation, live, without anything. Somebody is cutting your body and you are just lying there hopeless.” It’s a controversial issue rarely spoken of outside Australia’s migrant communities, but Faduma Salah Musse is breaking the silence on Female Genital Mutilation in order to stamp [...]

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The Philippines Project: Stopping the cycle of exploitation with Talikala

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“They have very low self-esteem… they’re called dirt of the society, good-for-nothing children.” The saddest fact about sex-trafficking is that its victims are left so damaged and stigamatised, the only place they are able earn income, even once they escape being sexually exploited, is to return to it. The aim of the staff and volunteers [...]

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The Philippines Project: Empowering communities with Child Alert

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“Recruitment is very rampant… the recruiters are going house to house while the van is waiting.” There are many uncontrollable factors which contribute to the problem of sex-trafficking in the Philippines, but Child Alert believes that the key to addressing the problem lies in capacitating local Filipino communities. The anti-trafficking and child rescue organisation operates [...]

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A voice for the voiceless: Meet Tshibanda Gracia Ngoy

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Whoever said that “youth is wasted on the young” had obviously never met Tshibanda Gracia Ngoy. The Congolese-born Australian has a real passion for serving her community and a portfolio to prove it. The 20 year-old has an impressive list of leadership, volunteer and citizenship prizes to her name, and ended last year with one [...]

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Niu Warrior Festival: The Indigenous family of the Pacific

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The Indigenous peoples of the Asia-Pacific came together for a family celebration of epic proportions at the Niu Warrior Festival at Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians joined local Pacific Islander communities in a celebration of culture, history and tradition. The exhibition highlighted what the different Indigenous peoples have in common and [...]

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Dragons and tigers: School days & paying your kids to want to be smart

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Growing up I think it’s safe to say I was an ‘Asian nerd’. I love learning, and it’s that way now as it was then. I remember being in year eight history class. The teacher was about to hand back a much-awaited assignment and everyone was asking about the top mark. “It was 20 out [...]

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