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What does multiculturalism mean to our students?

Three students sitting on a couch, looking at a laptop

Year 9 student Tom Xu reflects on the question, 'What does multiculturalism mean to you?'

Tom Xu joined Wesley this year in Year 9, starting his year in Wesley's in-house English program for new arrivals, the English Language Preparation Program (ELPP), which is available for both domestic and international students.

Originally from Shanghai, China, Tom found the move to Australia a bit daunting but he has quickly embraced his opportunities here and the friends he has made.

Here’s what Tom has to say about what multiculturalism means to him:

Multiculturalism means that in a country, there are people from different countries. When they come, they will also bring their own national culture and let local people understand and learn.

The advantage of having such a diverse community is that people from all countries can understand each other’s culture and get along peacefully. Such a community will also be accompanied by some shortcomings, such as regional discrimination. I think building a multicultural society is very important, because continuous learning from each other can make people progress, no matter what they learn, such as culture, history and customs.

If you always feel that your culture is the greatest or superior, you will never be able to improve yourself. I think that people need a heart that treats others equally to get along peacefully with others, because the basis of making friends is to treat each other as equals. If you can't do it, no one will accept you. If people do not accept each other, regional discrimination will occur. In the end, there may be confrontation between the two parties.

Back to reality, I think the reason people travel to Australia is because there are many people living here from different countries. So far, I think it is safe to live in Melbourne, and I have made many friends here. Finally, I hope I can gradually get used to living in Australia.