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Living Library: Refugee Talk Rohingya, Bhutanese & Vietnames


Wed 19 Aug 2015, 6:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Parramatta Council Chambers, 2 Civic Place, Parramatta, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Joyce Fu

A joint venture by Refugee Council of Australia and People Just Like Us

Living Library: "People Just Like Us" Refugee Talk II. Rohingya from Myanmar, Bhutanese and Vietnamese

Asylum seekers and refugees are people just like us. They should not be punished for fleeing danger and seeking our help. Seeking asylum is not a crime. However, in Australia, asylum seekers and refugees have long been dehumanised by our Government and the mainstream media. They have been called 'illegals', 'queue jumpers', and 'security threats', in order to justify the cruel and inhumane treatment meted to them. Billions of dollars have been spent on "stop the boats", "mandatory detention", "offshore detention", and the "Cambodia deal" in order to tackle what is perceived as a "refugee problem".

In order to change this negative perception of asylum seekers and refugees, as well as the inhumane policies, "People Just Like Us", partnering with Refugee Council of Australia, will hold a series of talks in which we invite refugees / former refugees to share their life stories. We will also have refugee community groups to talk about their history and location specific issues, and refugee service providers to talk about their work.

Talk II. Rohingya from Myanmar, Bhutanese and Vietnamese

Time: Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 6pm for 6:30pm start
Venue: Parramatta City Council Chambers (2 Civic Place, Parramatta)
(3 mins walk from Parramatta Train Station, opposite the Parramatta Library)

Rohingya refugees: Salemul Kalam and Sayed Kasim (Secretary, Australia Burmese Rohingya Association)

Vietnamese refugee: Davy Nguyen (Vietnamese Community in Australia, participant in 2015 SBS "Go Back to Where You Came From" series 3)

Bhutanese refugee: Om Dhungel (President, Association of Bhutanese in Australia - Sydney)

Sarah Dale from Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and Paul Power, CEO of Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) will contribute to the current asylum seeker policy debate, as well as talk about how their organisations help asylum seekers and refugees.

The project serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for asylum seekers and refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy they bring to this country.

Please join us to hear the personal journeys of local refugee community members.

Light refreshments will be provided by Rohingya community after the talk. This is an opportunity to keep the discussion going with the panelists and other audience members.

Free event. Donations at the door.

Registration essential.