A video recording of the Perspectives:Asia seminar, ‘Popular culture and the representation of Asian-Australia’ seminar is now available on our Griffith Asia Institute YouTube channel.

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Whilst much of the rhetoric of contemporary Australian culture circulates around its multicultural diversity, the reality is often very different. There is a distinct lack of Asian-Australians on our screens, and a perceived hesitation to represent Australia’s unique migrant stories in our popular culture. This panel asks: Have media representations and Australian popular culture kept up-to-date with the lived experiences and histories of Asian-Australians? If not, why not? What stories are being told and what stereotypes are being perpetuated? What are the successes, challenges and barriers to a more complete representation of contemporary Australian culture?


Tony Ayres, award-winning writer and director working across film and television

Mandy Chang, Head of Arts, ABC TV

Michelle Law, writer and screenwriter

Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA

→ Thursday 22 September, 6:00-7:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

→ Cinema B, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank

Places are limited for this free event, please book early to avoid disappointment.  Reservations are essential and can be made via the Perspectives:Asia web site  by Friday 16 September.  For further information, contact Natasha Vary on telephone 07 3735 5322 or email: [email protected]

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