Tag Archives: Multiculturalism

Racists like us: Reflecting on my own writing…

Lecturing about race and racism is one of the most challenging lectures I do. This is because I do not simply talk about these issues in theory, but discuss how they play out in our everyday lives: including how I … Continue reading

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Uni Graduations and… well, Pauline Hanson…

Last week Western Sydney University had its September graduations. It is always an important event for those graduating, their families and also the university – something that it true for all universities. It is an event that the University takes seriously … Continue reading

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Mutualism: Chinese Contemporary Ink Wash Painting Exhibition

Recently I was asked to curate an exhibition of Ink Wash Paintings at the Chinese Culture Centre. The work was launched in August 2016. As the curator, I also wrote the essay titled Mutualism: a connection across worlds which I have reproduced … Continue reading

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Sociologic #4: The 2016 fed election & Pauline Hanson

It is hard to imagine that a few months have already passed since the federal election. One of the reasons that it feels so recent is that it was only just decided. In fact, the  Senate puzzle was only sorted over the … Continue reading

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Brexit: Musings from a progressive non-expert…

The decision of the majority of the population to leave the European Union – or the so-called ‘Brexit’ – has sent shockwaves around the world.   It seems that very few people expected this to actually happen: even the leaders … Continue reading

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Paris: How do we react to this madness?

The events in Paris have left us all feeling bewildered. I, along with the rest of the world, watched in horror as everything unfolded.   Though I love Paris – it is a place close to my heart as I … Continue reading

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Re-defining literacy: Internationalisation as a form of literacy…

One focus of my research areas has been to consider the skills that, as educators, we should be teaching our students. It is a project which includes a collaboration with Dr David Hornsby (from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa) – who … Continue reading

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On Cultural Humility

One of my favourite things about living in a multicultural society is the opportunity to work with people from many cultures. Diverse and multicultural societies are fulfilling, from the sharing of food, music and traditions, to an appreciation of the … Continue reading

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On social construction and expectations…

One of the topic areas I teach that creates the most comment and controversy is the area of ‘social construction.’ The idea here is that things we expect to be ‘natural’ or ‘innate’ are actually learnt behaviours.   There are … Continue reading

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A solution to refugees: no more absurd than what Canberra is offering

One of the low points in Australian political and social history over the last decades has been about refugees. The way that both major parties have used some of the world’s most vulnerable people to score cheap political points has … Continue reading

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