Date(s) - 22/09/2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Theatrette, Immigration Museum
New Public Seminar Series Announcement
by Monash Asia Institute and Immigration Museum
Moderator: Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute)
Speaker: Fazal Rizvi (University of Melbourne)
The rise of Asian economies has brought to the fore the necessity of enhancing Australia’s literacy about Asian languages, cultures and societies as well as human exchanges between Australian and Asian countries. Though being highly economy-driven, these trends surely have an impact on Australia’s engagement with, and impression about, Asian countries. These, in turn, might influence and improve the mainstream’s social perception of people with Asian backgrounds living in Australia.
This public seminar series will discuss how we can further advance such positive potentials of Australia’s engagement with Asia by rethinking Australian culture, society and identity in ways to go beyond a bipolarized Australia-Asia perception. This is to refocus the discussion of Asia literacy onto that of Australian literacy by reimagining Australia as part of trans-Asian cultural flows and human mobilities and reconceiving Asian Australians on equal terms as constitutive of Australian society.
The inaugural seminar will feature Professor Fazal Rizvi, who co-authored the recent report on Asian diasporas’ contribution to Australian economy, and discuss the limitations and potentials of the idea of the uses of Asian- Australians for Australian economy in the Asian century. The complicated relationship between Asian migrants and diasporas’ lives in and attachment to Australia as citizens and their connections and identifications with the “homeland” will also be discussed.