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.

Panel B

1:30PM – 2:30PM

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?

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.

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.

Workshop B

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Bilingual Bookmaking | Kids’ Own Publishing

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.


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.