The Vietnamese yesterday...Arabs today: Outskirts report
Last year, we selected a group of thirteen young aspiring media types from all over Sydney based on their story pitches with an ‘outskirt’ perspective to take part in our Community Journalism Master classes.
The Point Magazine teamed up with FBi Radio’s current affairs program Backchat, ABC journalists, BYDS' Mapping Frictions: Stories from Western Sydney and Australian National University (ANU) to present ‘Outskirts Reporting: A Masterclass in Community Journalism’. This the one of the audio stories that came from the amazing cohort of young aspiring journalists.
These days, the Vietnamese community stands proud as a model of successful refugee settlement. Comedian and author Anh Do and South Australian Governor Hieu Van Leare shining examples. But it hasn’t always been like this. The community’s image has improved dramatically since the 1980s and ‘90s, when news headlines spread fear of Vietnamese gangs, organised drug crime, and Asian ‘ghettoes’. Now the cycle of fear and racism has turned towards another community – the Arab community. Are we watching the same pattern unfold, or is there something different about today’s climate of fear? Outskirts Reporting graduate Kevin Ngo examines the parallels and differences between these two Australian migration stories.
These days, the Vietnamese community stands proud as a model of successful refugee settlement. But it hasn’t always been like this.
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