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LOOKING FOR MAI: A NEW VOICE FROM THE SPACE BETWEEN TWO CULTURES
By Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
I never saw myself reflected in the books I voraciously read. The closest I felt to understanding was in the character of Josephine Alibrandi – a girl who was also yearning to break out of her place between cultures, yet constantly felt an obligation to her family and heritage.
FAIR & LOVELY
By Lucie Cutting
‘What is it?’ I exclaim as I feel the cool touch of a cream upon both cheeks. I open my eyes to her smiling face and a tube of whitening cream held aloft. The words scream at me. She rubs it gently into my skin; I push her hand away playfully and quickly remove the excess...Read more
COLOURISM AND LIGHT SKINNED PRIVILEGE
By Elodie Silberstein
Growing up mixed-race in Douala was a peculiar experience. Interracial unions were rare in the 1970s. My parents were a bit of a curiosity. I became used to being called chocolat au lait (milk chocolate) by my neighbours. It did not take me long to realise the obvious advantages that my lighter hue provided me over my dark chocolate counterparts in the white, but also in the black community.
MY NAME IS NOT A JOKE
By Tali Aualiitia
My name is Tali Aualiitia... and, don’t worry, if I saw my name written down I wouldn’t know how to pronounce it either. But, this is not about spelling or pronunciation – it’s about respect. Respect for a name that is 'different'...Read more
FACT OR FICTION: RESEARCHING IDENTITY
By Alyssa Scott
As the biracial child of a white Australian mother and South African father, Alyssa Scott grew up being made aware of race. A constant outside interest into Scott's cultural heritage and requests to touch her curly hair alerted Scott to the difference between her own family and others.
AUTHORITARIANISM BY ANOTHER NAME
By Tinashe Jakwa
As a Zimbabwean-born Australian, I am often expected to be critical of the state of post-independence Zimbabwe in a narrow sense. That is, people are quick to label Zimbabwe 'dictatorial' and 'authoritarian', painting it in sharp contrast to Australia. Indeed, most people believe Zimbabweans’ aspirations should be for our country to resemble Australia...read more.
WHITENESS AND THE PURSUIT OF GOOD FEELING
By Daniella Trimboli
When I stand in a crowd of people taking a stand on the issue my hope for Australia and people at large is reignited, I am reminded of the compassion within our country and extraordinary people who need our support...Read more
By Stephen Cutting
People are like matryoshka dolls. The first doll – the big one might be black or white but when you lift that one, you will find another and another – eventually we find our identities connect, we have something in common and might laugh together...Read more
PIN TALKS PT.2
Feat. Ajak Kwai, N'fa Jones and Nkechi Anele
Part two of our November Ausmusic Month discussion on race, culture and identity in music. Learn from people who have experienced firsthand the interplay of these topics and the music scene in Australia....Watch here
THE PIN TALKS PT.1
Feat. Kira Puru, MzRizk and Hancoq
In celebration of all things music, and the amazing talent we have right here in Australia, The Pin met with musicians, DJs and music minded people in a two-part series to discuss race, identity and culture in the music industry...Watch here
THE SOUND OF PROTEST
By Lucille Cutting
usic has long been used as a form of protest in Australia, and the world. In the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s the sound of protest was embalmed in the Australian rock movement and, while various themes have been broached such as the treatment of asylum seekers, a key focus of Australia’s musically fuelled retort to social and political issues has been indigenous rights...Read more
SAME PATH, NEW PERSPECTIVE
By Narges Hakimi
There is a lot of negativity and blame targeted towards certain groups of people generated from horrific events occurring in many states today. Most of this hatred stems from people’s ignorance and a lack of education beyond a superficial understanding of an issue...Read more
FROM FATHER TO DAUGHTER
By George Kanjere
Being the child of a black Zimbabwean father and a white Australian mother, my experience of life differed significantly from both of my parents, as I am sure it does for children in multiracial families all over the world. This seems obvious enough, but the reality is that many parents of biracial children don’t seem to be aware of a lot of race-based issues that affect their children...Read more
WHAT MAKES AN AUSSIE?
By Peter Drew
I spent the first 30 years of my life completely disengaged from politics and notions of collective identity like race, gender or nationhood. I thought about it all the time, I just didn’t want anything to do with it...Read more
ANCHORING: HOW MEDIA AND POLITICS PERSUADE
By Alphonse Mulumba
What the media does, and sometimes unknowingly, is it reassigns a past status that continues to shape someone’s life in their new home...Read more
THE MARGINAL MAN
Some men preferred having sex with Arab men because they have more hair on their bodies, some loved ‘that caramel colour’ of my skin. Some men wanted me to speak to them in Arabic, while others made me tell them about Lebanese food....Read more
ALL THREE AND NONE
By Jasmine Giuliani
It’s the first time he wants to teach me something and I can’t help but to incline toward the
I wanted straight hair that would swoosh from side to side when I put it up in a high ponytail. I wanted straight hair that wouldn’t grow in volume during the day and hinder my ability to walk through a doorway. I wanted straight hair so I could try out the suggested hairstyles in the Cosmopolitan and Cleo beauty sections. Most of all, I wanted straight hair so I could be pretty....read more
THE FACE OF ISLAMOPHOBIA
By Zoya Patel
'We are walking through a crowded car park when my mother admits to me that she has a constant humming of fear in her veins.
‘I’m just so visible,’ she says quietly, indicating toward her hijab. ‘I worry about someone taking their anger out on me, driving into me or something.’
WE ARE NOT ALL SLUM DOGS
By Zoya Patel
I went to see The Big Sick with my very own white and not-parentally-approved-of partner, and we both loved the film. There are moments where Nandjiani’s parents are saying word for word statements that my own parents once said in response to my interracial partnership...
LIVING IN COLOUR, WRITING WITH SKIN
By Cath Moore
As sole carer, my mother’s whiteness seemed like a shield from the injustices of the world. Whiteness was a Barbie kind of beauty. I would sit for hours brushing her hair, knowing I could never do the same with my own. Being white seemed effortless. You glided through life unrestrained. Chose when to stand out or blend in. I craved anonymity more than anything else. Though I’ve not encountered overt racism for many years, I still see through my child eyes; unable to hold a stranger’s glance in case a derisive glare stares back.
THE COMPLEXITY OF RACE AND IDENTITY IN PREDOMINATELY WHITE WORKPLACES
By Colin Peters
When I was a kid, I took a white bread ham sandwich to school for lunch every single day. I hated them. Yet despite my aversion to ham sandwiches, my aversion to being punched by racists was far stronger.