Canberra-based Forum Australia held a dinner and discussion on Wednesday 29 July to gather thoughts of speakers who have grown up or dealt with families and communities with mixed cultural baggage.

Andrea Ho addresses the Forum guests

Andrea Ho addresses the Forum guests

Billed as Mixed Up! Intergenerational Views on Living Across Cultures, the aim of the evening was to understand the perspectives of those who across generations have had to struggle with competing cultural and religious values and practices.

The dinner was held at Taj Agra in Dickson. Speakers at the dinner were:

Kanti Jinna, an advisor to the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum; Samreen Syed, a Law Student at the Australian National University (ANU); Andrea Ho, 666 ABC Radio & Online Manager; Jeevan Nadanakumar, a student at the ANU and Member volunteer youth broadcaster at FM91.1 Community Radio.

Also providing a community perspective to the topic was Rolf Bachmann, a Case Management Team Leader at Southside Community Services.

The Master of Ceremonies was Elliott Dunn of ABC 666 Radio.

Seated L-R: Kanti Jinna, Rolf Bachmann, Mansoor Syed, Aussie Forum President and Jeevan Nadanakumar listen to Samreen Syed recount her experience as Russian-Pakistani-Australian.

Welcoming the guests and speakers was Mansoor Syed, President of Aussie Forum with a Vote of Thanks by Helen Wilson, Treasurer and Executive Committee member. Concluding remarks were made by Mohammed Ali, Founder and current Vice President of Aussie Forum.

The talks were followed by a Q&A session in which it was stressed that focus should move from Mixed Up to Mixed In with an emphasis on better understanding between the generations of each other’s perception and reality.

For example Andrea Ho related how her parents’ reaction to racism was more accepting than her or her generations reaction because in their generation you had fewer avenues to complain and had to “suck it up” whereas now racism is more widely unacceptable.

Aussie Forum is supported by the ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs to assist in building stronger inter-cultural ties within the ACT.

Aussie Forum Executive Committee members Helen Wilson and Mohammed Ali

Aussie Forum Executive Committee members Helen Wilson and Mohammed Ali

The Forum, formally known as Aussie Forum Inc, has since 2005 brought diverse views together for engagement and discussion. It will celebrate its 10th anniversary in its November 2015 Forum.  For those interested register your interest on the Forum website www.aussieforum.org.

For further information including photos and complete videos of the forum visit the Aussie Forum website above or use the QR code.

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