Portable Studio

Talking Difference in 2014

In 2014, the Talking Difference Portable Studio has visited libraries and community centres in Swan Hill (Swan Hill Public Library), Geelong (Corio Library and Belmont Library), and Hobsons Bay (Altona North Community, Laverton Hub, Williamstown Library and Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre), creating opportunities for a broad range of people to have their say.

Community workshops, open to the public, were held in all of these venues. During these workshops, participants were able to discuss how race based discrimination has affected their lives, their sense of identity, and the communities they live in. Questions were generated in these workshops, and these questions were then recorded onto the studio for the general public to respond to.

Examples of questions generated during workshops:

  • Have you ever been stereotyped? What happened? How did it make you feel?
  • How do you identify yourself?
  • Have you ever experienced racism? How did it make you feel?
  • Were you born in another country? How long did it take you to feel like you belonged in Australia?
  • Do you speak English with an accent? How does it change the way people view you?
  • What is the best thing about living in a multicultural country like Australia?