I was one of the speakers at a recent Harmony Day event today.
I spoke about how being a migrant woman influences my research and sense of social justice in my work to the present day. I also talked about the diversity of Australian society. I noted that despite our rhetoric of multiculturalism and harmony, racism is a daily occurrence for many migrants.
I gave some tips on how to overcome bystander bias in the face of racism (this is a concept showing how most people don’t take action if they’re in an emergency in public places, because they think other people will do something). I also raised some questions about how we can increase racial inclusion through co-designing policy with minority communities.
The other speakers were wonderful. They shared courageous personal stories and asked thought-provoking questions for the audience to ponder. The event also hosted Indian and African dance groups.