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Panelists Benjamin Law, Annette Shun Wah, Juliana Qian and William Yang talking Growing Up Chinese in Australia talk
  • Reflecting on Growing Up Chinese in Australia


    Posted on: 03/03/2015

    Complementing the dreamlike Yang Fudong: Filmscapes exhibition and broader China Up Close program, our Growing Up Chinese in Australia talk offered key insights into issues surrounding being Australian-Chinese, understanding racial culture, and the development of a hybrid identity through acculturation.

    Our panel of prominent Chinese Australians, including Benjamin Law, Annette Shun Wah, Juliana Qian and William Yang, shared personal experiences and delightful anecdotes about straddling the divide between two cultures. Here are some of the program highlights we captured.

     William Yang shared his experiences of having his sexuality and ethnicity repressed.

    Juliana Qian laid down some poetry about immigrating to Australia.

    Annette Shun Wah shared an anecdote about how her mother was not a confident speaker of English and her father was a very traditional man, resulting in the following hilarious story:

    Benjamin Law discussed his work which chronicles his family life and then the wider implications of being Asian and gay.

    After the panelists were introduced, they moved onto broader discussions about championing minority voices to represent a community, diversity in Australian storytelling and what the future holds for the next generation of Australian Chinese.

    Yang Fudong: Filmscapes runs until 15 March 2015. Check out our China Up Close program of films, workshops and events at ACMI.

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