ON BEING THE ASIAN STUDENT IN THE ASIAN CENTURY, MELBOURNE” — From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy” #3

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Date(s) - 12/04/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Immigration Museum


From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy” #3


Co-organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Immigration Museum

Education is an important export industry for Australia and Melbourne accepts the largest number of international students from Asian regions. Giving warm welcome and cultivating hospitality to international students from Asian regions has been stressed. But what are the realities of the lived experience of the International students in Melbourne? Are they free from racialised stereotyping? How are their experiences similar to and different from local students with Asian heritage? How do they perceive Australian society where many people of Asian heritages as well as Asian students live? What kind of literacy on “Asia” and “Australia” do they consider desirable to foster?

In this panel discussion, Mr. Gary Lee, the International Student and Youth Officer at the City of Melbourne will lead and guide a conversation with international students from Asian countries and local students with Asian heritages. The conversation will consider experiences and responses to racialisation /stereotyping on “being the Asian student”.


Gary Lee is Australia Day Council ‘New Australian of the Year 2016.’ He is an advocate and champion of cultural diversity, particularly issues pertaining to international students and migrants.. In January 2016, Gary was announced as the ‘New Australian of the Year 2016’ by the Australia Day Council; and in the same year, he was recognised for his tireless work introducing new Australians to the indigenous game of AFL with the 2016 AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year Award.

Mustika Indah (Nina) Khairina is the National President of the Council of International Students Australia. As President she actively engaged with international student groups and work with the university in advancing students’ interests and needs while heading the division in organising educational and social programs and events on campus. Nina is also one of the four finalists for the 2015 Victorian International Education Award for Higher Education Category.

Danny Ong is currently completing his PhD at Monash University with a topic on how domestic and international doctoral students construct their work experiences. During his undergraduate years, he was heavily engaged with international student activities in the university, notably as the President of Monash University International Student Services (MUISS) in 2005. Using his past experiences, he authored “The International Students’ Handbook : Living and Studying in Australia” with UNSW Press in 2009.

Wesa Chau is Director of Cultural Intelligence, a boutique consultancy that deliver solutions to organisations build cultural competency, awareness and skills. Prior to that she was a senior manager in a community organisation with a focus on change management. Wesa is a regular commentator on television and radio and was awarded Young Victorian of the Year 2010 and Rising Star Award for Young Alumni (University of Melbourne) 2012.