Is diversity enough? Tim Soutphommasane on multiculturalism and cultural learning


In this talk for TEDx Sydney, Australian political philosopher and public intellectual Tim Soutphommasane asks whether Australian society truly values cultural diversity. He argues that cosmopolitan cultural consumption is not enough, and that Australians and other people from Western societies must engage in real “cultural learning.” For Soutphommasane, valuing diversity means going beyond just adding bits and pieces to our cultural repertoire and truly changing the way we engage with the world and with our fellow citizens.

Watch the video, or download the audio file (MP3, 11.18 Mb).

From his biography:

Of Chinese and Lao extraction, and a first-generation Australian, Tim was raised in the southwest suburbs of Sydney. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in political theory at the University of Oxford, from where he also holds a Master of Philosophy degree (with distinction). Tim studied at Oxford as Commonwealth and Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College. He is a first-class honours graduate of the University of Sydney.

For those curious about the correct pronunciation of Tim’s surname, the phonetic spelling of it is Soot-pom-ma-sarn.


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