Families and cultural diversity in Australia

Historical publication – December 1995

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LILY AMEZQUITA is a social worker with a degree from the National University of Colombia. Before coming to Australia in 1985, she worked in both private industry and the Family Welfare Institute of Colombia. She has had extensive contact with the Latin American community in Melbourne through positions as a community development worker, a worker with the Salvadorean Community Project for Women and, since 1991, as family counsellor with the Spanish and Latin American Welfare Centre (CELAS). She has also been involved in the management and organisation of a number of community projects, including the Spanish Child Care Centre, the Salvadorean Women Project, Network Against Domestic Violence, and research into alcohol and drug use in the Spanish-speaking community.

ROCIO AMEZQUITA is an anthropologist from the National University of Colombia. Her degree thesis was titled 'Magical beliefs and practice in Bucaramanga City'. She arrived in Melbourne in 1988. At the time of writing she was working as a research assistant on a project concerned with women and children in the Salvadorean community in Melbourne. She is currently studying for a Master's degree in Sociology.

TREVOR BATROUNEY has had an extensive career in teacher education with major academic interests in history and sociology. He has written widely on the migration and settlement of the Lebanese in Australia and has been actively involved in Lebanese and other community organisations concerned with migration and settlement. His recent publications include Selected African Communities in Melbourne, Community Relations in Selected Local Government Areas in Melbourne, and Kurdish Migration and Settlement in Australia. He is currently the Assistant Director, Social and Demographic Research, of the Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research (BIMPR).

COLIN BOURKE MBE is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Aboriginal and Islander Studies, University of South Australia. A former primary school principal, he has a Master of Education degree from Canberra and undergraduate qualifications in commerce and education from the University of Melbourne. He is currently undertaking an LLB at the University of Adelaide. Colin has written numerous published and unpublished papers on Aboriginal issues and was co-author of Before the Invasion!. He coordinated. the Open Learning unit on Aboriginal Studies, and co-edited and wrote several chapters of the accompanying text, Aboriginal Australia: An Introductory Reader on Aboriginal Studies.

ELEANOR BOURKE has a Master of Educational Studies degree from the University of Adelaide, where she is a PhD candidate. She is Director of the Aboriginal Research Institute in the Faculty of Aboriginal and Islander Studies, University of South Australia. A descendant of the Wergaia and Wamba Wamba peoples of Victoria, Eleanor has travelled extensively throughout Australia and is familiar with community issues. She has been a member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies since 1978. She is a co-author of Aboriginal Australia: An Introductory Reader in Aboriginal Studies and author of an essay on Aboriginal identity in Identifying Australia in Post-Modern Times (edited by Livio Debrez and published by the Australian National University).

HELEN CHAN worked for 15 years as a clinical psychologist in Hong Kong before emigrating to Australia in 1983. Since then, she has developed strong ties with the Chinese communities in Melbourne and has been involved in the management of many Chinese organisations. At the time of writing she was working as a clinical psychologist in a psychiatric hospital in Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis, completed in 1987, is a study of the adaptation, life satisfaction and academic achievement of Chinese youth in Australia; it includes a discussion of Chinese family values which have an impact on the adaptation of young people.

ROBYN HARTLEY was a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies at the time of editing this book. Her research interests during her eight years at the Institute focused on young people and families and youth policy issues, but also included families and literacy, and general family diversity. She has written a number of reports, including What Price Independence? and The Position of Young People in Relation to Family, and many· articles in these fields. She has a Master's degree in Education and has taught at secondary and tertiary level.

PETER McDoNALD is a demographer and sociologist who has specialised in the study of marriage and the family in both developed and developing countries. From 1983 to 1994, he held the position of Deputy Director, Research, at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. He is presently Professor of Demography at the Australian National University.

MAl HO was born in Saigon. She escaped from Vietnam in 1982 and arrived in Melbourne in 1983. She has a BA from the Footscray Institute of Technology, with a major in intercultural studies, and additional qualifications in health sciences, computing, and law procedures. She is currently undertaking a Master's degree in Business Administration. At the time of writing she was Vice-President of the Vietnamese Community Association in Footscray, Victoria. In 1993 she became the first Vietnamese-born woman in Australia to be elected as a local government councillor.

ANlTA MAK was born in Hong Kong. She is a clinical psychologist and at the time of writing was a Lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Canberra. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from the Hong Kong University and a doctorate in Psychology from the Australian National University. Her teaching and research interests include cross-cultural adjustment, health psychology, and individual differences. She was a visiting assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in 1990. She has published widely on the adjustment of Hong Kong Chinese migrants and Australian adolescent deviance.

VUONG NGUYEN arrived in Australia in 1980 as a refugee. Since then he has been active in many developmental activities in the Vietnamese and Indochinese communities in Victoria, both voluntarily and in paid employment. He has been the Director of the ACACIA Indochinese Children's Centre, Project Officer for the Ethnic Parents' Participation in Education Project, a TAFE teacher, and coordinator of the Springvale Indochinese Mutual Assistance Association. He has been appointed to a number of committees and councils on ethnic affairs, multicultural education, and refugee settlement. At the time of writing he was a member of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs Settlement Advisory Council. He is currently preparing a postgraduate thesis on 'The adaptation of Vietnamese families in Australia' at La Trobe University.

GRACE SORIANO came to Australia from the Philippines in 1988. She has a varied academic background and holds a Master of Science degree .in the area of rural planning from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations from the University of the Philippines; she is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma of Social Welfare. At the time of writing she was Executive Assistant at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She has had a major role in the preparation of three research reports on families in the AsiaPacific region, two of which have been published by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific branch of the United Nations.

GEORGINA TSOLIDIS is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Monash University. At the time of writing she was the Chairperson of the Centre for Migrant and Intercultural Studies at the University. Prior to taking up her appointment at Monash, she worked as a secondary school teacher, education consultant, researcher and policy analyst. In all these capacities, she has had a strong interest in and involvement with Greek communities. Georgina holds a BA, DipEd, BEd and PhD.

ELLIE VASTA is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Wollongong, and has extensive research experience in Australian immigration policy, multiculturalism, culture, community, identity and immigrant women, and has published widely in these fields. She is a joint author of the book Australia's Italians, also published in Italian, and is presently co-editing a book on racism in Australia. Her current research work involves an examination of identity, community and political mobilisation in an area of high immigrant density in Sydney.

RENZO VITTORINO arrived in Australia in 1992. He is a registered psychologist from Uruguay, with a postgraduate qualification in mental health studies from the University of Uruguay. He was previously a clinical psychologist in a public hospital and in the National Institute of Minors in Uruguay, working with children, youth and families; for five years he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Uruguay. Since arriving in Australia he has been involved in research on the health of elderly people in the Spanish community in Melbourne, and has coordinated an evaluation of client satisfaction with Adult Migrant Education Services in Victoria. He also works in the Spanish Community Psychological Service in Melbourne and is completing a Master's degree in Psychology.