Does Harmony Day work?

Image: Multicultural SA

Image: Multicultural SA

National Harmony Day, which falls on March 21 each year, serves as an opportunity for all Australians to reflect and commemorate the cultural diversity of our harmonious society.

But does setting aside this one day a year do anything more than tokenise multiculturalism? Does the purpose instead backfire and “otherise” people of different cultural backgrounds?

Deanna Hadid examines the significance of this celebration and the different facets that come to play in multi-ethnic modern Australia.


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