Sunday 27th November 2022

10:00AM – 4:30PM
Footscray Community Arts
45 Moreland St, Footscray, Victoria

Panel A

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Language and Language Education as a Local Practice | Dr Julie Choi, Phuong-Nghi Le-Pham, Beth Sometimes, Rene Wanuny Kulitja

Challenging dominant views of ‘language’, this panel highlights various ways in which multiple languages are used and understood by people in different communities across Australia. More info here.

Panel B

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Place Community, Art and Resistance | Helen Ngo, Vicki Couzens, Chi Vu

How do language revitalisation or language maintenance efforts model a kind of resistance to the marginalisation and erasure of languages in settler colonial societies? More info here.

Panel C

3:00PM – 4:00PM

The Teachers | Chau Cong, Cuc Lam, Chi Vu

Host Chi Vu will speak with two educators who have played important roles in language maintenance and education in Melbourne’s Vietnamese community since the 1980’s. More info here.

Workshop A

11:30AM – 1:00PM

call me by my name – Kites | Nguyễn Ngọc Thảo

A poetic gesture aiming to bring joy and pride in a person’s name across many cultures. More info here.

Workshop B

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Your book, your languages | Kids’ Own Publishing

Join Kids’ Own Publishing for a drop-in workshop and create your own 8-page book in Vietnamese or in any language you and your family know, love and use in daily life. Kids’ Own artists will guide you in making beautiful books using collage and your own special story. All ages welcome. More info here.

Workshop C

All Day

Đất Nước Library

Inspired by Ocean Vuong’s ‘A letter to my mother that she will never read’, the Đất Nước Library pop-up reading workshop invites participants to engage in an exchange of letters, photos and drawings to address the voicing of trauma and resistance around community language loss in the Vietnamese diaspora. More info here.


All Day

Podcast Booth

Guests are invited to record themselves in conversation with a family member or friend at our podcast booth on the topic of “Growing Up Bilingual In Australia”, or a related topic. Prompt cards will be available or you can talk free form about your language and community experiences. More info here.