Book Club | Tim Watts MP and Alice Pung (Melbourne)VIEW EVENT DETAILS
Tim Watts MP discusses his new book 'The Golden Country: Australia's Changing Identity' with Alice Pung.
If Asian-Australians make up 12-13% of our population, do we need to redefine our Australian story? If yes, how?
Join Tim Watts MP for Asia Society Australia’s first book club event as he discusses The Golden Country: Australia's Changing Identity, reassessing ‘Australianess’ through a deep dive into Australia’s race and immigration history. Tim will be joined by renowned Australian writer, lawyer and educator Alice Pung for an interactive conversation on inclusive identity and nation building.
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Date: Thursday 14 November, 2019
Venue: Asia Society Australia, Level 2, 77 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, VIC 3002
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About the Speakers
About the Book
The Golden Country: Australia's Changing Identity
John Howard was the unlikely reformer of Australian society. He loosened migration laws, massively boosting the population and making it less white. Simultaneously, his divisive rhetoric about national identity - a legacy of White Australia - hamstrung discussion of these huge changes.
As the MP for a diverse electorate, the partner of a Hong-Kong-Chinese-Australian and father of Eurasian-Australians, and the descendant of a proponent of laws stopping Chinese people from coming here, Tim Watts asks: Why don't we remember Billy Sing, the Chinese-Australian sharpshooter at Gallipoli, or that Ararat was founded by Chinese miners? Why is Australia's imagined community so far behind our lived community?
The Golden Country challenges us to reckon with the dark heart of Federation, the racial core of the Australian Legend, and to confront outdated notions of Australianness. It crunches the numbers on the economic and social effects of migration, and looks to a more inclusive future.
Our Arts, Culture and Diversity Programs span across visual art and performance, literature, media, technology, education, and community sectors. These unique partner events examine cultural traditions and expressions, celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and explore a changing Australian society. Run as both public and member only events, this programming stream offers an exciting way to engage with the work of Asia Society Australia.
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