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LCE Aussie Night

by Alyse

G’day, mates. We were proud this week to introduce to LCE a bit of Aussie Culture.

Our wonderful comperes for the evening were two of our Peer Mentors: Michael, as the ‘ocker’ Australian, and Philippa, who acted as his translator. To give everyone a general idea about Australia, we had a small presentation which included a few facts about Australia that our students potentially didn’t know about beforehand.

After this introduction to Australian culture, we were fortunate enough to introduce Eddie who talked to us about his background as a Torres Strait Islander. In his traditional dress, he was a very impressive-looking figure. He was kind enough to share some of the traditional music, dancing and even taught our students some of his moves to get them involved. Some students were given some bush instruments to play as well.

As students then lined up for their dinner, we played some classic Aussie songs, featuring Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, as well as songs such as ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Down Under.’

Dinner consisted of a piece of battered fish, pies, sausage rolls, chips and salad. The air was loud with voices as people chatted as they munched down their food.

After food, we had a taste-testing competition to introduce a few Australian products to our international students. We asked for 8 pairs of people to participate – one person to close their eyes so they could not see the food they would be eating, and then the other to feed them the food. There were some disgusted faces when the salty taste of Vegemite hit the tongue; the expressions on the students’ faces were a little more pleased when they tried fairy bread, Fruchocs, and lamingtons.

To keep the night going, we coerced everyone to participate in doing the chicken dance (with a certain degree of success). We also attempted the Nutbush as well. Certain students were quick to point out that these dances are not Australian, but we argue that as a multicultural society we mostly just steal other people’s cultures to create our own.

As our last activity to close the night, we taught our students the Tim Tam Slam. For those of you who have not heard of it or did not participate, find a local and get them to teach you.

I would sincerely like to thank Eddie for giving us such insight into his own background and providing us with entertainment. Thank you to those who came along, as well as to the Peer Mentors for the support they provided for the evening.

This coming Friday 22nd August we will be holding Indonesian Night. We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in coming along to our LCE events, head here for more information.

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