This was 2018 to 2019
Things get busy and we spent 2019 energetically and regularly posting about Asian Australian creative and community news on our Facebook and towards the end of that year, also on our Twitter @aaffn. We have continued to promote Asian Australian faces on the screen and behind it, as well as community news and with acknowledgement and respect to the First Nations Peoples.
Frustratingly, a large part of the reason we have not been as active on the ground and in blog posts and interviews is due to the increased casualisation of the Australian workforce, and especially in academia. We no longer want to ask individuals to do interviews for free, nor ask creatives to work for free as volunteers at our events and other projects (even if we are happy to volunteer and all 100% behind the cause). This is because we do not want to contribute to the enduring de-valuing of talent, expertise, time and value of Asian Australians and other People of Colour in the creative industries, academia and beyond.
We do recognise that lot of the activities we have done in the past have been seed-funded by university grants in collaboration with TV and film industry sources. However, a lot of what we have achieved is also self-funded by our key team members (academics and creatives). The impact of universities and other big institutions failing to supply secure contracts and income to over 50 – 70% of the academic workforce, including some of our key team members, has meant less funding to cover costs to pay people to collaborate on events, workshops, film festivals, videos, articles and so on. This is a big loss for being able to create bridges between academia, the arts and the community through various film, arts, community and educational activities.
We are however committed to continue to generate content, events and workshops when we possible, and to keep promoting and supporting the Asian Australian community via our various forms of social media.
You can also have a read here about some of the amazing things that unfolded in 2018 and don’t forget to check out our Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on the Asian Australian screen scene and other relevant communities.
Also in 2018 we would like to highlight this amazing song, and words by artist Mojo Juju
“BTS shot of @claudiasangiorgidalimore directing the ‘Native Tongue’ film clip.
This clip just won @triple_j Award for Best Clip of 2018.
I cannot express the depth of my gratitude to Claudia and everyone who was involved in bringing this to life – @djuki_mala @joshuabondybond, @vankangram @lay.the.mystic and @oliiimac ❤️ This was made at a time when I was feeling extremely low. So much so that it almost didn’t happen. @claudiasangiorgidalimore Insisted that this clip get made. She just would not take no for an answer. And I am so glad.
I’m so so glad that this clip got made. Not only was I surrounded by beautiful creative people whom I love and respect, but it also changed the game for me. The last 8 months have been wild and unexpected. Every time this clip gets mentioned it reminds me of how far I have come, even just in one year.
And I know that it’s my name on the album, but I guarantee you it has taken a small army of people to get this album out into the world. I still struggle with my head and my heart some days. But I KNOW I am one lucky MF and I can’t wait to thank you all in person. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 so much love. ❤️”