Knowing more about people who migrate to Australia can help in the understanding of their cultural identity. People migrate for many reasons; work, a better way of life, fleeing from persecution and asylum seeking. What ever the reason, they come to Australia because they believe it is a better life. Take some time to watch some YouTube videos. The first is a current short video inviting skilled workers to Australia, the next two videos are about people who have migrated to Australia.
The Australian Governments Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (2014) has put out this short video inviting skilled workers to 'fast track your life in Australia as a skilled migrant'. Made by ImmiTV, National Communications Branch 2014. Ask yourself if you would be influenced to migrate to Australia if you saw this invitation?
Read a transcript of "If you have the skills, Australia has the lifestyle"
Watch this video to see how one family has embraced their new country. Megan Nguyen, shares her parents hardships and happiness in the YouTube video - Digital story of my parent's migration from Vietnam to Australia. Here is their story.
Read a transcript of 'Digital story of my parents' migration from Vietnam to Australia'
Living in cultural harmony is living in accordance with the society we inhabit. To have cultural integrity is to believe in and participate in an environment that promotes equity and respect to all. If you read about or hear something about a particular culture, remember that this does not mean all people from that culture have the same beliefs and values. That would by stereotyping.
Learning to accept that everyone is different, but a person first, helps to embrace cultural differences and create cultural harmony. Unfortunately, Australia's past shows it is not always supportive of cultural harmony.
Cross cultural understanding and an environment that supports all cultures
Go to following page by the Refugee Council of Australia, 2014, which provides links to personal stories of former refugees who have found a new life in Australia. Choose one story to read. If you choose to take more time, follow the links on Stories compiled by other organisations.
"Sometimes when I go to bed my mind goes back home. I can't go to sleep immediately, it takes me two hours. I think of the past. A lot of bad things happened to me, so it is not easy." (Santino Mou Ngong Dut, 2011)
In December 2013, the Australian Government launched a new multicultural policy, named The People of Australia, Australia's Multicultural Policy. The policy states that 'Multiculturalism is in Australia's national interest and speaks to fairness and inclusion. It enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. It is about Australia's shared experience and the composition of neighbourhoods. It acknowledges the benefits and potential that cultural diversity brings' (Australian Government, 2013, p 2)
The multicultural policy upholds four (4) Principles. Below is an activity that has the principles with some words missing. Look at the words and choose which one fits the sentence in the principle.