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J VALENZUELA DIDI
J Valenzuela Didi is a Queensland based artist, exploring his dual heritages on canvas.
SAMPA THE GREAT
"Your spirit has chosen this body and everything that comes with it.
Female. Black. It’s not a mistake. Walk in it with no fear."
"Music is an expression of who I am, it defines my identity, my soul and my spirit."
REMI + SENSIBLE J
"When I was in prep and this kid said I was the colour of shit. I was four years old and that was the first moment I knew I was black."
"I remember early on some of my friends saying, ‘Why are you that colour?’. I went home and I asked my mum why I was a different colour and she said, ‘We left you on St Kilda beach and you got burnt!’, so I went back to school and told everyone."
''I remember when my youngest brother was about six and he told me that it doesn’t matter what people look like on the outside because everybody’s heart is the same colour.
Children are wise.''
"I find being able to still connect back to my culture and my family quite important and it’s becoming more important as I get older."
"To me, a Third Culture Kid is someone who’s straddling the space between familiarity and unfamiliarity - between belonging and isolation, collective identity and *crisis*."
"Ever since I was about four or five, I’ve had a really strong interest in the way the world works and the nuances that are very specific to different cultures."
André Dao lives a life immersed in narrative. Dao co-founded the oral history project Behind The Wire, a non-for-profit organisation documenting the first hand stories people detained by the Australian government whilst seeking asylum.
"I’m aware that as a white person I don’t know, and it’s my job to go and find out."
"It’s extremely difficult to understand racism until you see what it looks like in a person"
"I think illiteracy is a nightmare no child should ever experience."
"Drag is one of those things that blurs the lines between what is right and what is wrong."
"I am not fully a Congolese. I am not fully Australian. I am not rejected by both worlds. I am not really accepted by both worlds."
DR ADAM AITKEN
"I knew that I wasn’t the same as other kids when we arrived in Australia."
"I feel like Asian men often get looked at through a de-masculinised lens."
MOSE (+ THE FMLY)
"My parents were first generation immigrants from India and all they really knew was the Indian way of life."
"My identity is very much tied to my love of music."
"When people highlight a interracial marriage or something like that I question why it is even still a talking point. Isn’t everything inter-something?"
"There’s a subtle affliction for actors of colour to become more white. A lot of people make that choice to change and are rewarded for it. It’s a conundrum."
"I have always chosen to say I’m Malaysian hyphen Australian because I am interested in that hyphen. That liminal in-between place."
"It’s quite amazing to be able to say that about a piece that is performed in languages your audience may not necessarily speak. It’s a testament to the power of music."
"Music has played a huge part in my identity so I can’t really split the two. '
"I find the word assimilation really offensive. The notion that we would require someone to change who they fundamentally are and where they came from because they have become Australians is, it’s a negative way of looking at it."
TUMI THE BE
"Race is race, but culture is probably the realest thing."
"My parents really did their best to raise me with Zimbabwean traditions, but they realised as well that they were raising their kids in a different culture and that we would absorb the new culture and grow up as Australians."
"I was in kindergarten when I became hyperaware of my own race and unfortunately that went hand in hand with learning about the the prejudices I would face because of that."
VIKA + LINDA BULL
"Our career together has brought us closer. We’ve been through ups and downs together and kept our friendship. I’ve always made sure we’re sisters first, and singing partners second."
"With the benefit of hindsight, I think it would have been terrific to get some guidance from either my parents or school on how to handle racism."
"First and foremost, I identity as Australian above other labels, which thankfully is really quite diverse in meaning."
"People in Australia see cross cultural marriages and assume you’re some guy who has gone overseas and ‘bought a wife’, more or less."