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Education in Australia

During the classTo begin with, I believe that education is the key to the future and according to this choosing the university and the country to study in is extremely important.

However, picking out all this in the contemporary world, seems to be rather difficult. Continue reading

Multicultural Events & Festivals on September

How are you doing everyone?

Me? well, I jsut have finished summarizing the list of all the multicultural events/festivals held in Sydney for the rest of this year.

I should say it was not an easy work to search, select, edit and organize in a format, but worth it!

Until now, I haven’t quite known there are such valuable and variety of events focused on Sydney’s multicultural aspects!

What the best point of all is …. most of them are free to enjoy!!!

In this post, I will only list for the September¬†events that will arrive very soon ūüôā

But unfortunately, there are some events held on a same day, so you might need to choose where to go, haha.

Have a look the list first and I am sure you will find some interests!

  • 10 Sep [A National Scandal: Perspectives on Australian/Asian Intermarriages] at Customs House Library

The Chinese Heritage Association of Australia to celebrate History Week 2009’

Individuals from both the Chinese and Anglo-Saxon Aus communities, and Dr Kathie Blunt will discuss why intermarriage between Asians and Australians was a national scandal.

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Mardi Gras: Gay culture in Sydney ‚ÄėWe all live under the sky‚Äô

Have you ever heard about Mardi Gras festival held every year in Sydney?

Well, even if you haven’t, you will probably know the most famous gay & lesbian festival in Sydney and that’s called ‘Mardi Gras’. Although the term ‘Mardi Gras’ refers to the season before Ash Wednesday, its Sydney festival is not held on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) or indeed, on a Tuesday at all.

On every February in Sydney, you can expect tens of thousands visitors and participations from the Sydney Opera House to Victoria Park.

This celebration began in the early 1980s after pro-gay rights protestors were arrested. The organisers of the festival had also been arrested, mainly due to conservative Christian groups have led anti-movement against Mardi Gras.

Despite how much the religious groups feel uncomfortable, the Sydney Mardi Gras has become the largest LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) event in the world. Not only LGBT people but also ‘straight’ unite together and pr0udly celebrate their identity during the festival season.

Have a look at a YouTube clip that summarizes the 2009 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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Brief History of Sydney

Before we get into the races  in Sydney, let us make the  history of Sydney clear  briefly, shall we?

The Sydney's Opera House

Sydney is the capital city of  New South Wales and the  largest city of Australia.  The population of Sydney  is the biggest among other  Australian cities.

Sydney is the first city of  Australia. Sydney was  based in 1788 at that place  where landed first fleet headed by Arthur Phillip, therefore, the history of Sydney is, commonly, known as the history of Australia. Continue reading

Korean Community in Sydney

Korean people who have been living in Sydney has comparably short history. Since 1890s when Australian missioneris went working in Korea, such interaction between two countries had begun.

Short after the Korean War, some Australian families have adopted lost Korean orphans. By the 1980s, apparently 100 Korean people had dwelt in Sydney under the Skilled Migration Program. However the number of Korean residents in Sydney begun to boost itself by 1,000 times more than what it had been before the 1980s. According to the Sydney Korean Society, about 100,000 Korean residents are corrently residing in Sydney.

But, not only more Koreans are entered to this looking gorgeous city, also the number of other various passport holders are significantly increased to stay in.

Unfortunately however, there’s not always good news ahead when people with different cultural/ social background are put together in a place. As a result, several controversial Korean related issues have been breaking news in Australia as more so sensational in S. Korea.

For example,

  • The incident happend last year in March that a brother of famous S.Korean actor Lee Dong-Gun, was killed by two Chinese gangsters just infront of the World Square in Sydney. According to the Daily Telegraph, Lee Joon-yub, 19 old Sydney university student, collapsed and died on the footpath outside World Square after he and a friend became embroiled in a brawl with two teenagers at Hungry Jacks.

This vedio captures the moment of Lee’s friend Song Jung-ho collaped in a Korean store after being stapped.

Korean students have chosen Australia as their educational stepping ground. They are the second largest population just behind that of London, more than 25,000 Korean university and English language students lived in Sydney.

Yet, Lee Dong-gun says

“We had a clean image of Australia but this has tarnished it, and people are worried about the security in the city centre where there are gangs.”

Vivian Park, as the vice president of the Sydney Korean Society  and also as the Commissioner of the Communication Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW, believes that the significance of multiculturalism in Sydney has decreased.

Park comments in an interview,

‚ÄúWe nee to contribute to the process to reestablish multiculturalism as a central principle for co-existence in our society‚ÄĚ

This is a post by dajoung.