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The Two Chairs 2.0

Hey folks. You might have noticed that the blog has been on hiatus and we apologize for that.

Life gets in the way and The Two Chairs has been working behind the scenes to make certain projects happen and coming up with new ideas in our race thinklab (is that a word? It is now.).

We’ve been staying connected through our Facebook page and through Twitter but we will be featuring new content on this site soon! We promise!

To start it off (The Two Chairs 2.0), here’s a video by Marlon James, the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker prize in 2015, asking this question:

“Are you a non-racist or an anti-racist?”

 

 

The DERP project

DERP (n)
Defining. Everyday. Racism. Project

A creative and online project that plans to leverage the power of social media and intergrate “DERP” into the mainstream language, our aim is to have young kids arm them with knowledge and resources to deal with racism in Australia.

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Videographer and sound: David Nguyen (Vantage Films)
Editor: David and Suzanne Nguyen
Writer: Suzanne Nguyen
Graphics and designer: Suzanne Nguyen
Animator: Nanweera

Special Thanks to: Daniel Reeders, Christian Tancred, Donita Hulme, Steve Nguyen, Richard Cooke, Ming Zhu Hii and Kate Larsen

The “R” Word is finally HERE

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“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

After a long and bumpy journey, The Two Chairs’ The “R” Word is finally happening!

Join us for a relaxed and interactive afternoon at Kindred Studios in Yarraville that will include activities, performances and a creative space that promises to discuss, explore and analyze race issues in ways that will evoke one’s imagination, understanding and empathy.

Participants are also encouraged to share their stories, poems, songs, artwork — anything that you may want to express on this issue. This will be a space safe for all to voice out their opinions (respectfully, of course).

You can still get tickets here. Or come down to Kindred Studios (212a Whitehall St. Yarraville) and who knows, you might win a free entry!

Details below:

Day & Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM to 5:30-6:00 PM

Venue: Kindred Studios
212a Whitehall St, Yarraville

The Two Chairs at the Activist Arts Festival 2014

The Two Chairs will be at the Activist Arts Festival 2014! We will be holding a mini-workshop/forum from 1:00-2:00pm on November 15th at Bella Union. We will update with more information soon.

Meanwhile, find out more about the inaugural Activist Arts Festival 2014 below:

“The Activist Arts Festival is an initiative to bring together activist groups throughout Melbourne and to enable access to these groups by local communities in a non-protest environment.

The event also exhibits different forms of activism through art: photography, music, spoken word, paintings and film.

It is hoped that the Festival will increase awareness for participants involved of how to access and be involved in activism in Melbourne in a non-protest setting, and strengthen relationships and bonds formed between communities of activists from separate streams. It also aims to highlight the fact that activism comes in many forms, and that there are many different ways a community can speak out against injustice.”

For more info here and how you can book your FREE tickets, check out:

https://www.facebook.com/activistartsfestival?fref=t

[Workshop/Event] The ‘R’ Word Postponed!

 

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DUE TO A NUMBER OF UNFORESEEABLE AND UNAVOIDABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE R WORD WILL BE POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE (FEBRUARY 2015).

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who had already purchased their tickets and were looking to our event.

The new date has been tentatively set for 14th February but that is subject to change (we know it’s Valentine’s Day).

But do stick with us, folks and we will we overcome this bump on our way to having a REAL conversation on Race and Racism.

– The Two Chairs

[Mini-Workshop] @Lead to Achieve Youth Forum

“Being a refugee. I mean, I fear this name will stick on me forever.
And you’re alone and you feel you’ve lost ALL that you had.
And it is hard to build them again.”

“Racism as a new African Australian.”

“I want to learn English as soon as possible to improve my qualifications. Then I can change my life.

“Mental health issues that experiences of racism can cause.”

“Being mixed-race.”

“Paranoia regarding subtle racism – am I just imagining it?”

These were some of the thoughts shared by the young people during a workshop by The Two Chairs as a part of the Lead to Achieve youth forum organized by Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre last month.

These thoughts came from the young participants when asked about their fears and concerns about living in Australia.

And these thoughts were shared not only to shed some light on what are the issues currently affecting young people from multicultural backgrounds but also to reflect that – none of us were dealing with these issues by ourselves.

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Many of us went through them — some of us are STILL going through them — which is why we need to look out for each other and support one another.

That insight and others were made during our workshop and keeping in line with The Two Chairs’ objective of talking about racism in a creative way, we tried out different ways that day to discuss and explore the old topic of racism, hoping that by the end of the workshop, not only do we get to understand what racism IS but also how racism can FEEL like.

And hopefully we did manage to do that because we did activities that involved ropes, boxes, papers and surprise bags and all of those things got us moving around, having fun as well as meaningful discussions about fears, concerns, race, racism and the future as migrants; as refugees; as racial minorities; as Australians.

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Continue reading [Mini-Workshop] @Lead to Achieve Youth Forum

The thing I call Everyday Racism Jabs

This is just a glimpse of my everyday life as an Asian Australian:

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Day 1
As I walked along the train’s platform, a guy walks past and says “Wo Ai Ni”.

Jab translation: It’s Chinese and translates to “I love you”. I have a Vietnamese background and I’m not Chinese.

Day Two
A new acquaintance asks me “Where are you from?”
I replied with Sydney and she follows up with “No, no… where are you really from?” Continue reading The thing I call Everyday Racism Jabs