Queenslanders in conversation March

How has the changing face of migration shaped Queensland? Does migration bring us closer together?

Hear from our panel of highly regarded academics and advocates as they reflect on their own stories of migration and discuss how changes in immigration policies and attitudes towards diversity have shaped Queensland.

From the political and popular to the insightful and opinionated, the interactive format of the conversation will enable alternative voices to be heard and stories of belonging to be shared.

In the first conversation, host Kelly Higgins-Devine from 612 ABC Brisbane explores Queensland’s cultural and religious diversity, the role it plays in our identity, sense of belonging, and our communities’ social cohesion.

The Panellists

Dr Shuang Liu
Originally from China, Shuang is an academic who has been in Australia for 15 years. She feels that however hard she tries, she will always be one of “the other” but it’s not necessarily grounded in racism. Shuang believes integration does not necessarily represent equal identification with both cultures; and identity and belonging may not be the same thing.

Yasmin Khan 
Yasmin is a Queenslander whose father is a fifth generation Aussie while her mother is from Pakistan.
She believes migration is the only way to bring us closer – we have no other choice. 
Yasmin says the country lacks leadership and a strategic plan to best deal with the issues at hand.

Paul Joseph 
Paul’s family fled the civil war in Sudan and made it to Australia at the turn of the century via a refugee camp in Kenya. 
He thinks the media has serious questions to answer when it comes to creating “them” and “us”. 
Paul believes the solution lies in education-especially equipping young people with the knowledge on refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Alice Langford 
Alice is a first-generation Aussie whose parents escaped the horrors of the Nazis in Germany and Poland. She thinks it often takes a generation for new settlers to be accepted.
Alice wonders how we can ever learn about other cultures unless we live side by side with them.

When: Mon 21 Mar 2016, 6:00 pm - 07:15 pm 
Venue:SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2