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Sydney, NSW

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They say there’s a bit of mongrel in all of us. Mongrel Nation is the story of Australian multiculturalism - in all its glory, ugliness and controversy. A six-part series presented by Tim Soutphommasane.

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@timsout

Language:

English


Episodes

The Asian century

1/17/2014
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Is Australia ready for the Asian century? So far, much of the discussion has focused on the economic opportunities it presents. But what about the deeper challenge of a world where Asian cultural influences and power will be more pronounced?

Duration: 00:26:59


A big Australia

1/16/2014
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These days, attitudes to migrants are often shaped by anxieties about population growth. Can our cities absorb more immigrants? How will the environment cope? Is there ‘too much’ multiculturalism?

Duration: 00:27:00


Ugly Mongrel: Racism and aggressive nationalism

1/15/2014
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Incidents on public transport… at the football... Racial violence lurks under the surface of friendly Aussie acceptance. Nevertheless, no society likes to think of itself as bigoted or intolerant, and very few Australians actually believe in racial hierarchies.

Duration: 00:26:59


Multiculturalism: the Australian way

1/14/2014
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Across Europe, there’s a sense of crisis about immigration and integration. Governments are declaring multiculturalism a failed experiment and one that’s led to social disorder. Is Australia bound to replicate this? Or do we do things differently here?

Duration: 00:26:59


The life and times of Australian multiculturalism

1/13/2014
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The word ‘multicultural’ entered the national vocabulary in August 1973, via the Immigration Minister Al Grassby. It’s been the subject of intense debate ever since then. Each new wave of migrants has been regarded as too ‘different’ to fit in. So what would Australia be like in the 21st century without multiculturalism? Has it made us a better country—or brought out the worst in us?

Duration: 00:26:59


The Asian century

8/18/2013
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Is Australia ready for the Asian century? So far, much of the discussion has focused on the economic opportunities it presents. But what about the deeper challenge of a world where Asian cultural influences and power will be more pronounced?

Duration: 00:27:29


My island fortress: asylum seekers

8/11/2013
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In the 20th century, Australia welcomed refugees from Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Yet many of us are now apprehensive about outsiders seeking sanctuary on our shores, especially when they come in rickety boats. The reasons are complex and the debate is polarising.

Duration: 00:26:59


A big Australia

8/4/2013
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These days, attitudes to migrants are often shaped by anxieties about population growth. Can our cities absorb more immigrants? How will the environment cope? Is there ‘too much’ multiculturalism?

Duration: 00:26:59


Ugly Mongrel: Racism and aggressive nationalism

7/28/2013
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Incidents on public transport… at the football... Racial violence lurks under the surface of friendly Aussie acceptance. Nevertheless, no society likes to think of itself as bigoted or intolerant, and very few Australians actually believe in racial hierarchies.

Duration: 00:26:59


Multiculturalism: the Australian way

7/21/2013
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Across Europe, there’s a sense of crisis about immigration and integration. Governments are declaring multiculturalism a failed experiment and one that’s led to social disorder. Is Australia bound to replicate this? Or do we do things differently here?

Duration: 00:26:59


The life and times of Australian multiculturalism

7/14/2013
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The word ‘multicultural’ entered the national vocabulary in August 1973, via the Immigration Minister Al Grassby. It’s been the subject of intense debate ever since then. Each new wave of migrants has been regarded as too ‘different’ to fit in. So what would Australia be like in the 21st century without multiculturalism? Has it made us a better country—or brought out the worst in us?

Duration: 00:26:59