Malaysian-born Hindu, Rathi Ramanathan is health and human rights activist with over 15 years experience working and advocating on issues relating across health, labour and political and civil rights in pro-democracy movements and networks across Asia. She has lived in the UK and United States and now resides in Darwin, Australia.
A former journalist and economist, she is passionate that diverse representation is key to any meaningful consultation/dialogue/debate, particular from people of color or culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) as it promotes social inclusion and strengthens democracy. Not new to discrimination -as Indian ethnic minorities are discriminated in Malaysia – she has written and spoken about institutionalism racism, racial disparity and the active listening to minority voices.
Author of editorials from a perspective of a woman of colour who is struggling to understand her new country and home, Australia but wanting desperately to cling on her identity, her stories, her values and politics. She is exploring through these essays whether that is possible without losing “herself” along the way.
A life long advocate for environmental conservation, Indigenous rights and self determination, originally from Melbourne and Russell Irving is currently residing in Darwin. Over 30 years professional experience in the government, corporate and Indigenous land and resource management sectors, including many years working with remote communities building sustainable cultural, environmental, economic and social benefits. Russell is the man behind the graphic images including the photograph on the home page.
Russell is married to main blogger of this site, Rathi Ramanathan and now has first hand experience of the challenges of a cross cultural marriage.
Born in Australia, but Sri Lankan Tamil by cultural heritage, Dhurka Maheswaran is a law graduate and a strong advocate for Indigenous and refugee rights as well as female empowerment. Her first job experience after completing her university studies began in Wadeye, a remote Aboriginal community in the NT where she worked as a Safe House coordinator and by fateful chance, met Rathi Ramanathan.
Despite growing up in Australia, Dhurka faces the experience as with most young people that have first-generation migrant parents of trying to maintain a delicate balance between the cultural expectations that come with her Sri Lankan Tamil heritage and embracing the Australian way of life.
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