Asian Australian Alliance (AAA) is organising its Inaugural Conference titled and themed:
Race, Identity, Advocacy - Where do Asian Australians belong?
This will be a structured panel style conference which will address this problem. Where mainstream society has accepted the "bamboo ceiling" as a major barrier, this conference will look at the "bamboo ceiling" in the context of the following scenario:
As Asian Australians, there is a perception and stereotype in society that the community has achieved a lot of success economically, socially and professionally. This may be true to a certain extent, but it is also a myth in other ways. Asian Australians make up nearly 10% of Australia's population, however, there is a lack of representation in mainstream decision making roles (political, corporate, media, not for profit and academic sectors). The other major problems is that even within the gender equality debate, Asian Australian women are not necessarily included, but the greater movement and cause has overshadowed this fact. Within the broader Australian LGBTIQ movement, there is a lack of connection and involvement of Asian Australians and the issue of discrimination in terms of race remains. The Asian Australian youth, the future, need to understand, be mentored and be empowered to take on more leadership roles as well as learn how to push the envelope.
The purpose of this upcoming conference is to address this scenario via dialogue, consultation and outcomes as well as formally launch the Asian Australian Alliance as a national body.
This event is not hosted by the AALA, but AALA members are warmly invited to attend.
Please note: The AAA is offering FREE entry to the first 20 AALA members to RSVP
Date: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Venue: Room G08, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
Cost: $30, Students and Seniors $15. Please rsvp to Erin Chew on firstname.lastname@example.org
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