Let’s talk about intergenerational trauma of refugees!

I was recently interviewed about intergenerational trauma of refugees. This is an issue that is hardly ever talked about in the Australian media, public forum or in the Vietnamese community. The majority of the Vietnamese diaspora came to Australia as part of Malcolm Fraser’s response to the Indochinese refugee crisis in 1977.  References to the … More Let’s talk about intergenerational trauma of refugees!

International education and development of citizenship and social responsibility

The benefits of education lie not only in economic betterment for the individual. It is also in developing students’ capacity to be informed and enable positive change in their societies. In that way, education can contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The same can be argued for international education. Those who are lucky … More International education and development of citizenship and social responsibility

The purpose of education

There are different views about the purpose of education. Here are three approaches. The first one is a pure economic one where education is seen as important in terms of developing knowledge, skills and improving work productivity. The benefits of education are considered in terms of increased productivity through jobs and remuneration. People choose education … More The purpose of education

The paradox of democracy

The recent Australian federal election result reveals the paradox of democracy in a world of economic decline and social inequality. Almost all Queenslanders voted for the Coalition government because they were promised continuation of the coal mine industry that would provide jobs – labelled as pursuit of aspiration albeit seen through the veil of economy. … More The paradox of democracy