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Aussie Culture Night

Billed as an Outback Evening, on Saturday, March 4, 2017,  from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU)  in Kodiak, guests came to;

  • Learn about Australian culture
  • Sample traditional Damper, Scones with jam and cream and real Billy tea
  • Watch a movie of the poem “The Man from Snowy River” by Australia’s A. B (Banjo) Paterson.
  • Learn the meaning of Aussie slang from the song “Waltzing Matilda”

 

The evening is intended to be the first of many that bring people to a fun event for all the family.

Introducing the meeting the emcee spoke about the need for intercultural understanding in a volatile world in which people fear what they do not understand.

For example, people can easily misunderstand that families from Middle Eastern countries are somehow the same as or in some way sanctioning the horrendous acts committed by Islamic terrorists. Some of the pronouncements of President Trump could sway peoples’ thinking unless they have actually met people from these countries. This can result in bullying at school or attacks on businesses, Mosques or homes. In reality, terrorists are more of a threat to Muslim people from Middle Eastern countries than anyone else.

Other examples might be that people living in America may have bad feelings towards Cubans or Mexicans or Native Americans.

The idea of these events is to demonstrate, especially to young persons, that people from different countries are like us in wanting to live together in harmony. Once you get beyond skin color, language, religion, and dress, different cultures have contributed much that is beautiful in art, literature, sport and ideas to the world.

Of course, Australians are much like Americans in many ways, but sharing some of the more iconic aspects of the country is interesting to people and provides an opportunity for people to meet new people and make friends rather than staying home watching TV.

Next month there will be a sharing of Japanese culture.

 

Posted in FFWPU.


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