“Who are Aussie celebrities? Social presence and media representation of Asian-Australians”

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Date(s) - 13/11/2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Theatrette, Immigration Museum


<From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy>

Public Seminar Series co-organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Immigration Museum, Melbourne

“Who are Aussie celebrities? Social presence and media representation of Asian-Australians”

Speaker: Andy Trieu (Actor & co-host of SBS popasia)

Date and Time: 1-4pm, 13 November (Sunday)

Venue: The Theatrette, Immigration Museum, Melbourne 400 Flinders St, Melbourne 

Refreshment is available near the venue.

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Many people in Australia were especially impressed by the performance of Dami Im, who represented Australia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and won the jury vote and was placed second overall. Australian Women’s Weekly (16 may 2016) claims that she “embodies the diversity of 21st-Century Australia”. But does Dami represent the diversity of the Australian media world too? How is the media representation of Asian-Australians related to their actual presence in society? The second seminar of From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy will discuss the media representation of Asian-Australians, featuring Andy Trieu who co-hosts SBS popasia program. From his experience of living in Australia as a second-generation Vietnamese-Australian and as an Asian-Australian media figure, Andy will give a talk about the disproportionate representation of Asian-Australian media figures relative to the growing their presence in society and how it would be significant to increase the media presence of Asian-Australians to make Australian society more inclusive and will share some tips of living together in diversity with us.

Three-time Australian Champion Martial Artist Andy Trieu expanded his repertoire from competing in tournaments to being the full-time champion of Australia’s best Asian pop show, SBS PopAsia. Catch him on SBS 2 every Sunday from 9am or online anytime to get the lowdown on all things Asian pop and hear from the biggest stars in the biz. Andy was a finalist in CLEO’s Top 50 Bachelors and has performed on stage and screen. He was a series regular on the game-show ‘Kitchen Whiz’ and Australia’s first Kung Fu TV show ‘Maximum Choppage’. Andy is an Ambassador for the charity organisation All Together Now and an advocate for the National Stroke Foundation. Outside of entertainment he holds a double degree in International Relations and Business and was a former Science Communicator.

<About the seminar series>

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. This public seminar series will discuss how we can further advance 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.