Harmony Day bridges the cultural divide
By JULIA ILES
KEY organiser of yesterday's Harmony Day, Levera Cave, hoped the events at the Grafton Community Centre would help bridge the gap of understanding between cultures.
"Sometimes people feel threatened by us coming here and think we are trying to take over, but we are all Australian, today was all about unity," she said.
Ms Cave migranted from the Philippines seven years ago.
A showcase of entertainment lit up the stage from traditional Thai, Balinese and Filipino dances to speeches by migrants.
Luxmee Bond, a Thai migrant, shared the challenges of living in Australia without knowing English.
"My story is a sad story, but a funny story mixed together, when I came here I could write and read English well, but I couldn't speak or understand it, I stayed inside my unit all the time, I felt depressed," she said.
The change came for her when she started taking English classes and made friends.
"I had heard people say 'how are ya' so I would say 'how are ya' but it just didn't sound right," Mrs Bond said.
In addition to the entertainment a feast of traditional food was shared from Indonesian curry to Ameri- can cornbread.