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Intercultural capabilities and cultural diversity in the curriculum 

On 21 March, Brendan Hitchens and Satoshi Sanada from the Asia Education Foundation and Jan Molloy from Immigration Museum, led a conversation offering perspectives from primary and secondary classrooms to consider representation and reflections of cultural diversity in the classroom materials.

Responding to the following questions the panel interrogated texts, movies, music, incursions, and excursions.

  • Who writes the stories?
  • Who benefits from the stories?
  • Who is missing from the stories?

The discussion focused on the Victorian Curriculum: Intercultural Capabilities domain and consider how it can be integrated across the curriculum.

Read more about the event here. 

Read a full list of the recommend texts, films and websites below. The conversation is still ongoing, to make your suggestion and add to the list, share you thoughts with #AEFchat

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Article Understanding the Impact of Culture on Equity in Education Julia Ottesen
Book 101 small ways to change the world Aubre Andrus
Book Alfred’s War Rachel Bin Salleh
Book Australia's First Naturalists Penny Olsen
Lynette Russell
Book Australian Sea Life Matt Chun
Book Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity Floyd Cobb
John Krownapple
Book Born a Crime Trevor Noah
Book Boys Don't Cry Maloie Blackman
Book Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer
Book Cafe Scheherazade Arnold Zable
Book Coconut Children Vivian Pham
Book Cultivating Genius Gholdy Muhammad
Book Cultural Responsive Teaching & The Brain Zaretta Hammond
Book Digger J. Jones Richard J Franland
Book Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson
Book Empowering Global Citizens Fernando M. Reimers
Vidur Chopra
Connie K. Chung
Julia Higdon
E. B. O'Donnell
Book Eric Shaun Tan
Book Every Child a Song Nicola Davies
Marc Martin
Book Growing up at Uluru Australia Stan Breeden
Book Humans of New York Brandon Stanton
Book I am human: A Book of Empathy Susan Verde
Book Interpreter if Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Book Joyful Strains Making Australia Home Ed by Kent MacCarter and A Lemer
Book Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
Book Kid Activists Robin Stevenson
Book Kid Presidents - Guide To Being Awesome Brad Montague
Robby Novak
Book Laurinda Alice Pung
Book Lime Light Solli Rapha
Book Lost in Translation Ella F Sanders
Eric Shaun Tan
Book My Hiroshima Junko Morimoto
Book My Kind Eddie Betts
Nic Naitanui
Book No Friend but the Mountain Behrooz Bouchani
Book One Love Cedella Marley
Book Pig Heat Boy Maloie Blackman
Book Playing Lady Gaga being Nan Pau Steve Tolbert
Book Proud to Belong
Book Scar: For Our Rwanda Brian Crawford
Book Stan Up For The Future
Book Teachign and Learning for Intercultural Understanding Debra Rader
Book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Mem Fox
Helen Oxenbury
Book The Book of Dirt Bram Presser
Book The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
Book The Namesake Jhumpur Lahiri
Book The Revolution Handbook Alice Skinner
Book The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates
Book The Watermill Arnold Zable
Book The Way Bunjil Flies Anty Dot Peters
Book This Book is Anti-Racist Tiffany Jewell
Book (Series) Through My Eyes
Book Waves Donna Rawlins
Heather Potter
Mark Jackson
Book We Rise, We Resist, We Rasie Our Voices Ashley Bryan
Book Welcome to County Aunty Joy Murphy
Lisa Kennedy
Book You Are Mighty Caoline Paul
Book Young Dark Emu Bruce Pascoe
Book The Proudest Blue
Documentary IVIEW Waltzing the Dragon Bemjamin Law
Film Breadwinner
Film Not One Less Directed by Zhang Yimou
FILM Parasite 2020Acadamy Award Winner
Film The Australian Dream
Film The Final Quarter
Film The Merger
FILM Wajda Haifaa Al Mansour first female directed Saudi Arabian film -
TV Series Noughts + Crosses Maloie Blackman (Hosted by BBC)
Website Escher-Nendo Between Two Worlds NGV
Website Vincent Lingiari the leader ABC Education
Website List You Can't Ask That ABC Education
Website/Art Laser Beak Man Tim Sharp
Website An Unpolished Gem Alice Pung

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