Posts by Dulwich

This encyclopedia keeps growing online – like Wikipedia!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This collection of stories and knowledge is still growing. We’ve only included a small sample here. There is an online site where you can read further stories from young people, see a virtual exhibit of artwork, watch video clips and listen to two exquisitely beautiful songs. What’s more, like Wikipedia, you can also contribute to this online site. You can send messages to any of the young people whose stories you have read here (and we will pass them on) and you can also share the special skills and knowledge that you use to get through hard times and to face hostility.  We would love to hear from you!   How this encyclopedia was created and how you can use...

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Part 11: Looking to the future: Not giving up on our goals

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It seems appropriate to end this collection of stories and knowledge by looking to the future Not giving up on our goals by Chrakhan Fardi I was born in the cold of the snowy winter in Kurdistan, where there was no electricity; therefore we relied on oil lamps. When I was younger I was very quiet and shy. When we first arrived in Australia there were less than ten Kurdish families in Adelaide. My brother was the outgoing one in the family, he could talk to and make friends with anyone. As a girl, however, I enjoyed my own company. When you are new to a country, it does not feel like home, but the key is you can make it like home. In doing so, I have learnt to be...

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Part 6: Philosophies that carry young people with disabilities through hard times

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We are a group of young people living with disability who are passionate about making changes. Like anyone, sometimes we go through some pretty rough times. We’ve all had experiences of when people have said thoughtless or discriminatory things, or when they have been patronising.   While at school When I was in year 7 I was the best in spelling but I was put in the ‘special class’. They said that they wanted to make the class smaller. It made no sense. I was asked if I wanted to attend the sex ed class or if I wanted to attend something else. What’s going on with that?   Out on the town I was out with my sister at the theatre and they had to remove a...

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A message from Syrian mothers

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When a group of Syrian mothers heard these young people’s welcoming tips, they sent the following message: Hello, We are a group of Syrian mothers meeting at the Muslim Women’s Association here in Adelaide. Today we heard the letter that you wrote at Adelaide Secondary School of English. Some of you are our children! There were 15 of us mothers listening today and also 5 small children. We think your letter says it all. Some parts were very moving to us. Even though you are young, it is like you are speaking for us. Home will always be home. We also miss our friends. The person who was translating for us today was very moved when you said that you miss speaking Arabic....

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Part 7: Tips for those making a new life in Adelaide— from young Syrians

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We are a group of young Syrians who arrived in Adelaide 4-6 months ago. Some of us have already made many new friends here. Some of us are still looking for friends. And some of us are really missing our friends back home. We have put together some of our ideas to share with other young people who might be arriving here soon. Here are our tips and our ideas about how we wish to welcome you. We hope these ideas are helpful: When you first arrive, I would like to take you on a tour of this school and particularly show you the classrooms. I’d like to show you the library – it’s an important place for me here. I will introduce you to all the other Syrian students here. We...

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Part 5: LGBTQA journeys

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We are young people from the Feast Queer Youth Drop In Space. We know quite a bit about journeys and migrations. There are some journeys we’ve already completed. Others that we are still on. Some we are just beginning … An ethical and philosophical journey Some of us are on ethical journeys. My mum has stage 4 terminal breast cancer. She’s in hospital right now and I don’t know whether to come out to her or not. I don’t know if I should tell her I am queer. She is about to undergo surgery that will be life-threatening. Earlier in the year she was facing a similar situation and I decided then that I wouldn’t come out to her at that time because I didn’t want it to...

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The bystander project

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Thanks for visiting! Bystander Project— Coming Soon

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Part 4: When other people make a difference

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stories from young members of the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia Sometimes other people make a difference. When they do, we remember.  Friends as backup At school, my friends back me up. They say to me, ‘If anyone says something or hurts you, I’m here. I can get someone or call the Police’. I say ‘Don’t worry, I’m Muslim, I’m Arab, no one is going to mess with me!’ (laughter). I live at Henley Beach and there aren’t many other Muslims around. If we are walking on the beach and someone is really staring at me, my non-Muslim friends might say, ‘What are you looking at?’ I’ve got my friends as backup.    It felt so good not to be alone ...

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We’ve got to work together: A message back to young Muslim women from young LGBTQ+ folks

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 G’day, Tonight at the Feast Queer Youth Drop-in Space we heard some of the ways you try not to take people’s hate into your hearts. Thanks for sharing your stories with us. One of us smiled when we heard you had expected to be riding kangaroos to school in Australia 🙂 I thought that too! I came from England and had all these misconceptions about Australia. Apart from riding kangaroos, I thought it would be hot all year round. I was worried about Drop Bears and I thought vegemite was something you put in your drink! We were all really sorry to hear what you have to face sometimes with people staring, or shouting abuse. Some of us also have to deal with abusive...

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Part 4: We try not to take people’s hate into our hearts

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  Hi. We’re a group of young Muslim women who live here in Adelaide. We’re interested in exchanging ideas and stories about ways of dealing with weird experiences like being stared at, being yelled at by random strangers driving by in their cars, or other strange stuff that happens here and other places. We’ve included here some of our stories and skills we’ve developed. We’d been keen to hear your ideas!    There are a few different ways that we try not to take people’s hate into our hearts.     Keep yourself upright, smile back and remember you are special to someone “I remember when a friend who is Asian came to us one day because...

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