Online Video Exhibition: 20th September – 20th December 2021

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Australians with Chinese Ancestry – Chinese Australians – forged the beginnings of a truly multicultural society that is the Australia of today. Starting in the 1850s and over 200 years of migration, Chinese Australians have been an integral part of Australia's social and economic fabric, nationally and internationally.  

Developed by the Chinese Museum and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Who We Are is an eight-part video series that celebrates Australia’s multicultural heritage by providing insights into the immigration journeys of eight Chinese-Australians and their significant participation in contemporary Australian society.  

Featured in Who We Are is:  

  • Nick Shying
  • Jieh-Yung Lo 
  • Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert (née Tammy Wong)
  • Jasmine DeBono
  • Philip Le Liu
  • Dario Haotian Zhang
  • Grace Fangjuan Feng
  • Isabel Zhang

Click here to learn more about our Who We Are interviewees.

The 8 episode titles are:

  1. We Set Sail Towards Australia: The Migration Journey Over 200 Years
  2. In Earlier Times We Faced Hardship: The Evolution of a Multicultural Society
  3. Now We Celebrate Our Chineseness!: Cultural Identity is a Strength Of Character
  4. I Wish to Pass on What Was Given to Me: Heritage Evolves from Generation to Generation
  5. You Can Be Who You Want to Be: Australia is a Land of Opportunity
  6. You Will Find New Friends, Then Get to Know Local Culture: Settling in a New Country Faces Its Challenges
  7. Our Pathways in Life Are Both Exciting and Challenging: Contributing to Australian Society
  8. Recognising Cultural Diversity Brings Us All Together: The Strength of Australia’s Social Harmony

Episode 1  WE SET SAIL TOWARDS AUSTRALIA 

THE MIGRATION JOURNEY OVER 200 YEARS 

“We came from different places at different times, always carrying our Chinese culture with us… We now call Australia our home.” The first episode of the series introduces 8 Chinese Australians who come from different walks of life. We learn their names, professions, their origins and how they or their forbears came to settle in Australia.

 


Episode 2   IN EARLIER TIMES WE FACED HARDSHIP 

THE EVOLUTION OF A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY 

“Respect and equal opportunity for all has become the keystone to creating social harmony for us in Australia.” In this episode, see what our Chinese Australians think about the challenges Australian multicultural society faced throughout its history. 


Episode 3   NOW WE CELEBRATE OUR CHINESENESS! 

CULTURAL IDENTITY IS A STRENGTH OF CHARACTER 

“We enjoy being part of a rich and culturally diverse Australian society that contains more than 270 ancestries from the world over.” In this episode, we are taking a more positive spin on things by looking at what our participants love about Australian multiculturalism instead.  


Episode 4  I WISH TO PASS ON WHAT WAS GIVEN TO ME

HERITAGE EVOLVES FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

“Even though we live in Australia, we are the keepers of our Chinese heritage and culture. Our biggest challenge is to pass it onto our children!” As Chinese Australians, our eight participants have their ways of maintaining their cultural heritage outside their ancestral homeland. For some of them, the challenge does not only extend to themselves alone but also to how to pass on that priceless heritage to their children. See the video below to find out how they accomplish that.


Episode 5  YOU CAN BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE

AUSTRALIA IS A LAND OF OPPORTUNITY 

“If you choose to work hard, you can advance your living standard. If you can also work smart, there are even greater opportunities for you." Ever wondered what makes Australia such a great place to live in? In this episode, you’ll discover all the different ways in Australia, you can be who you want to be. 


Episode 6  YOU WILL FIND NEW FRIENDS, THEN GET TO KNOW LOCAL CULTURE 

SETTLING IN A NEW COUNTRY FACES ITS CHALLENGES 

“Over one-quarter of all Australians were born overseas and migrated here to start a new life. You won’t feel alone if you come!” Watch our eight Chinese Australians tell it like it is! What were their trials and tribulations of living as Chinese in Australia? What were the high points they experienced? Do they regret making the plunge? Find out below! 


Episode 7 OUR PATHWAYS IN LIFE ARE BOTH EXCITING AND CHALLENGING 

CONTRIBUTING TO AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY  

“Our Chinese Australian perspectives in what we choose to achieve contributes to making Australia a better place.” Episode 7 introduces you to the life journeys our 8 Chinese Australians and their contributions they have made to contemporary Australian Society. How do they play their part? Keep watching to find out! 


Episode 8 RECOGNISING CULTURAL DIVERSITY BRINGS US ALL TOGETHER 

THE STRENGTH OF AUSTRALIA’S SOCIAL HARMONY 

“Modern-day Australian society has a set of values and aspirations that enables everyone to have a Fair Go.” In 2016, one in four Australians were born overseas, whilst one in two Australians had a parent born overseas. So, it is hard, when newly-arrived migrants come to Australia to define themselves as Australian. But eventually over time, they call Australia home and call their culture and heritage from another place. We all share this dual identity that helps us understand and appreciate each other.