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Opening remarks from Ken Woo

Ken Woo
September 25, 2019

To begin, I believe I should provide some obligatory comments on being Asian. Firstly, my heritage – I am Korean. For those wondering, from the South. My wife is Hong Kong Chinese. So I tell our kids they are 50% Korean and 50% Chinese, to which they respond, “no we are 100% Australian”. A different perspective on what it means to be Asian-Australian than I had, growing up in the exhaust fumes of the White Australia Policy.

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Opening Keynote to Inaugural Asian-Australian Leadership Summit

Professor Tim Soutphommasane
September 13, 2019

In the Australia of 2019, serious questions linger. Can we seriously claim to be the most successful multicultural society in the world, as our leaders frequently like to boast? What does it say when our the leadership of our institutions do not bear the imprint of our multiculturalism? What does this say about the prospects that Australian citizens of Asian and other non-European backgrounds enjoy within our society? And what does this say about Australia and our cherished ideals of the fair go and egalitarianism?

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Keynote address - Asian-Australian Leadership Summit Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw
September 12, 2019

I cannot impress on you how proud I am to have been asked to give the keynote address here tonight. I am standing in front of a room that to my mind represents a large part of the future of Australia. A room of Asian-Australians excelling in their fields, as well as – if today’s news reports are any indication – quite possibly also a handful of Chinese Communist Party spies.


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Opening Remarks - Asian-Australian Leadership Summit

The Hon Gareth Evans
September 12, 2019

But we have been reminded in the media over just the last three days that progress is not going to be at all easy in overcoming an additional obstacle that in recent times has become very real indeed for one sub-set of our Asian-Ausralian community: Chinese-Australians.

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Breaking the 'Bamboo Ceiling'

Professor Gareth Evans AC QC
March 13, 2019

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC has called for Australia to address the underrepresentation of Asian-Australians in senior leadership positions, in a wide-ranging Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asia Lecture in Sydney...

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Asian-Australians in the Asian Century

Professor Gareth Evans AC QC
June 19, 2019

Thank you for the honour and privilege of being invited to deliver this 2019 Australian Asian Foundation Oration. I have been deeply impressed by everything I have learned about the activities of the Foundation, under Cheri Ong’s inspiring leadership, since its establishment in 2015: the way in which you have been encouraging and developing a culture of giving...

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