Multiculturalism is the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles. — IFLA 2015
Applications for the 2015 Australia-China Student Forum are now open to all La Trobe University students. There’s only 20 spots, so you won’t want to delay and potentially miss out on scoring an interview.
This year’s forum in Chongqing is asking the big question; what is the implication of multiculturalism to Australian and Chinese society today?
Prominent political scientist Will Kymlicka defines two types of multiculturalism, which squarely encompasses both Australian and Chinese cases. Australia represents a poly-ethnic state type of multiculturalism, where aboriginals and immigrants from the world all are seen as diverse ethnic groups of the nation. China falls into another type of multiculturalism as a multinational state, where the majority of Han people and dozens of groups of national minorities live together.
In the simplest way, cross-checking multiculturalism in Australia and China today means how do we harmoniously see and interact with people who are different in culture, language, religion, gender, and more. The signality of multiculturalism relates to both countries in the 21st century.
Find out how you can participate in an overseas intercultural and educational exchange experience that is driven with discussions, seminars, presentations, language classes and cultural site visits.