Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Dr Tim Soutphommasane is a political philosopher at The University of Sydney's Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. He is a columnist with The Age and fellow at Per Capita, and sits on the board of the National Australia Day Council and the Australian Multicultural Council. He is a regular on ABC radio and television, often to offer insights into Australia’s approach to multiculturalism. His latest book is Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From and his other books include The Virtuous Citizen, Reclaiming Patriotism, and All That’s Left.
Extraordinary Stories of Migration
Date: Friday 24 May
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Venue: Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free, no bookings
Non-Anglo Australians are constantly asked, ‘Where were you born, where do you come from?’ The answer is often extraordinary, detailing experiences we can only try to understand. Majok Tulba (Beneath The Darkening Sky), Kooshyar Karimi (I Confess), Arnold Zable (Violin Lessons) and Pauline Nguyen (Secrets of the Red Lantern) talk with Dr Tim Soutphommasane (Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From) about the remarkable stories that brought them to Australia.
Date: Saturday 25 May
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free, no bookings
Australia is a nation made up of many cultures. What does the fabric of our multicultural society say about who we are? How exactly do we define the Australian character – and is it racist to say Australia and Australians are special? Nick Cater (The Lucky Culture), Tim Soutphommasane (Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From) and graphic novelist Pat Grant (Blue) speak with Julia Baird about the forces driving the Australian character today.
Don't Go Back to Where You Came From
Date: Sunday 26 May
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Venue: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Casula Road, Casula
Cost: Free, bookings essential 02 9824 1121
Tim Soutphommasane boldly stakes a claim for the overwhelming success of multiculturalism in Australia. European governments are declaring multiculturalism a failure, with many conservatives in Australia hastening to agree. But is a multicultural approach to integration and diversity really as destructive as critics say? Have we been too quick to declare its demise? Offering an unflinching and informed defence of cultural diversity, Soutphommasane discusses with the University of Western Sydney’s Professor James Arvanitakis how multiculturalism is more than laksa, kebabs or souvlaki and that it doesn’t automatically spell cultural relativism, ethnic ghettos or reverse racism. In fact, multicultural Australia has been a national success story.
Presented with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the University of Western Sydney.