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We all have one thing in common: diversity!!

Celebrate it every day!

 

Next Monday night at 8pm we'll be talking cultural diversity right here on Getting Real!

 

 

“So where are you from?”
“I’m from Australia. I was born here.”
“No, no, that’s not what I meant. I mean, where are your people from?”

 

Nothing annoys me more than those questions. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great that people are interested in my cultural background. However, along with the amazement that I speak English well, the shock that I am outspoken, and the attempts to relate to my heritage by regaling the wonders of our exotic mainstream cuisine, I usually resent how it’s phrased and said.

 

We live in a multicultural nation where within our communities, there’s a slice of the world everywhere you go. From the people you know and meet, the places you pass by, what your religious faith is, the food you eat, what your hobbies are and what you own, it’s impossible not to attribute this all to the many different cultures around us. But there is still a lot out there for us to learn about others and of ourselves. We do hold certain presumptions about what culture means to us and what we think we know about other cultures. Sometimes, that can hold us back.

 

Living in a coastal city, there have been many times where I’ve felt taken aback when such queries are asked as well as the derogatory remarks that follow. Unfortunately, in recent years, I haven’t gone out on Australia Day as I fear for my own safety (in the form of escalated racist backlash). But I also fear for my father’s. With the current political stance and despite having arrived thirty years ago, he still believes people still see him the same way – a Vietnamese refugee.

 

But really, it shouldn’t hold neither me nor anybody back from learning about others and themselves.

 

We still have some work to do and this learning curve is ongoing. That, one day, we no longer see the acceptance, the ability to understand and to help another human being as an astounding feat but, just being another human being.  

 

 

So whether you’re curious about another culture, wondering about what cultural diversity means and why we should celebrate it, not hate on it – we want to hear from you on Monday 17th March 2014, 8pm AEST!

 

 

 

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Re: We all have one thing in common: diversity!!

Good evening everyone!

 

Welcome to this week's Getting Real session! Tonight @Chessca_H , @Rosie-RO and myself will facilitating and chatting about cultural diversity!

 

In Australia, we do come face-to-face with so many experiences and so many cultures! It's practically impossible not to say otherwise.  It's awesome learning about others and having others learn about us too. Sometimes, we do hold some misconceptions about other cultural backgrounds or may even be unaware of what prejudice that some people face in our society. We'll be talking about the positive, the negative and the damn ugly when it comes to cultural diversity as well as how we can take steps into celebrating it, rather than hating on it!

 

As always, we'd like this to be safe, fun and informative for everyone involved (this includes those who are following/reading along!).  If anything comes up for you that you feel you need to speak to someone one on one about, there are services available if you click  emergency help and info

 

No matter where we come from and what we practice, the one thing all of us have in common is that we’re, well… different! So just to kick things off: How big of a part of your life do you feel your cultural identity is?

 

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Re: We all have one thing in common: diversity!!

Hey everyone, Chessca_H here. Super excited about tonight's Getting Real session!

How big of a part of your life do you feel your cultural identity is?

 

I wouldn't say that it's a particularly huge part of my life on a day-to-day basis, becomes a much bigger part when I go to visit the rellies Smiley Tongue

What do you all think?

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Hi all! Smiley Happy

 

How big of a part of your life do you feel your cultural identity is?


Hmm, I don't know... I think it' somewhat of a big part. My Italian heritage definitely dictates a few tranditions in our family, and I think it influences some of the values I hold also. I also have British/Scottish heritage, which I do identify with, but I think that I relate more strongly to my Italian heritage because my Nana's Italian traditions have been a lot more noticeable and had a lot more influence on my life.

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How big of a part of your life do you feel your cultural identity is?


For me, it's a pretty big part of my life - particularly with family and some friends. I reckon that your cultural identity is what you want it to be, and not others. 

 

@Chessca_H When you visit your rellies, how big of part of your life is your cultural identity? 

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Pretty big, I come from a Jewish background and my family are a bit more observant than I am (that is... They are observant Smiley Tongue) so they tend to do things a little bit differently than I usually do Smiley Happy

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 @delicatedreamer Welcome welcome! British, Scottish and Italian! That sounds awesome Smiley Happy Do you think that who you're surrounded with can sometimes influence how you identify yourself culturally? 

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Hi guys Smiley Happy

How big of a part of your life do you feel your cultural identity is?


Well I am a first generation Australian. I am Eurasian. My Mum is from England and my Dad is from Hong Kong. For me, I don't identify with being asian at all! So it frustrates me so  much that I look asian! I am totally English at heart! I embrace my English heritage with pride. Unfortunately though, I do get written off as being Asian because of how I look. Which is a real shame! It is hard when people judge you based on how you look! Smiley Happy I should point out there is nothing wrong with being Asian lol Many of my besties are Asain! But my Dad wasn't around a lot when my brother & I were little, and we lived in a small central QLD town where we were the only Asians, so I didn't have any Asian influence whilst growing up. If I did, I suspect things would be very different! Smiley Tongue

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Hey all!

 

It's been a while since I've popped my head into a GR, and I mightnt be able to stay long, but I'll make a start Smiley Happy

 

 

How big of a part of your life do you feel your cultural identity is?

 


I don't really have much of a cultural background in terms of heritage - just Australian pretty much - British I guess.

 

Having said that, I resent  'Australian' culture pretty hardcore. I despise Australia Day/Invasion Day - it makes me feel ashamed of our history.

 

My life is much more influenced by the culture I seek through being a part of a community, and the values I seek to identify with and live my life by.

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@jey Welcome to tonight's GR session! Dude! Haha, I'm also a first generation Australian and although, I live in a coastal 'city' (I say, 'city', because it's not very progressive), it's not exactly a nice cup of tea when you're different. During the early 2000s, it was pretty rare to see an Asian face. At that time, our city was starting to have attract Japanese tourists that would come here for the beach life. Because of this, soooo many people would ask me whether I was Japanese. 

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