The Pin is run by biracial Australians for all Australians.
"My childhood was uncomplicated. Media had yet to play a role in our lives. It was only really after 9/11 that we lost that innocence."
"I'd be surrounded all day by kids from a mainly English ancestry so that sometimes it would even be a kind of surprise to walk past a mirror or collect a school photo, and realise how different I looked to all my peers."
I vividly remember going into bookstores and really yearning to have a book of my own on that bookshelf. I still remember now how much I wanted it...how badly I wanted it for myself.
PRIYA VUNAKI SINGH
I think I’ve done a little more processing than my father of what it means to be a minority in Australia.
I think that anything you do as a black person is a statement, whether you want it to be or not.
"I found it difficult when I was younger because my parents wouldn’t allow me to integrate."
DR PATRICK McGORRY
"Prior to moving here we thought ‘everyone speaks English, this won’t be much of an adjustment’. It was a massive adjustment"
"In Australia I was not an expat, I was an immigrant and that is a different relationship."
"In Malaysia there is a word that they call foreign/caucasian people and that is mat salleh. I would always be considered the mat salleh. They would refer to me as that like it was my name."
"My ethnicity is very important to me."
"I want my children to be humble and respect their root cultures. I don’t want them to think they are superior because they are half Australian."
Culture is a very complex thing, it’s very hard to critique it as well because it’s the water we swim in.
"Some people think of multiculturalism as something to fear, something which seeks to displace the Australian way of life."
"My father always had an unsaid sadness and it was there with me too, it left me with a feeling of difference and of being an outsider."
"Learn to protect yourself and give as much love out as you can."
"I think that it’s really hard when you’re growing up in a mix of cultures to actually identify what is one and the other."
DR HUAN VO-TRAN
"I wouldn’t call myself completely Australian, I wouldn’t call myself completely Vietnamese. I straddle the two cultures and combining them actually gives me a greater sense of identity."
"I think Australia is filled with so many people who have brought their cultures here."
"I thought my voice was not authentic because of how I grew up."
L-FRESH THE LION
"I might be the first impression they have of a Sikh person. I’m conscious of what that means, and how that may impact my community."
"I went out of my way to try and deny my Polish background and stopped speaking the language. It didn’t make any difference at all, I was still bullied."
UNCLE JACK CHARLES
"There are not pictures of us here arriving by boats and all that. We were here all the time."
"Race was never talked about, which in retrospect was a problem really."
"I grew up with what my parents came with. Whatever their idea was of Italy in the ‘60s was what I grew up with here."
"I expected my family to be open-minded."
"I recall asking my mum about how they met and was somewhat appalled, not by their courtship, but by the way their relationship was received."
"People always say, ‘so did you go to Africa?’ like it’s my mail order husband. Ebay, it’s great...just type in black husband. But that’s the thing, he’s just a person who I met."
"What I realised a good couple of years ago was that, although I was raised Chinese, subconsciously I’ve been identifying with being black since I was a child."