Bilingual A Golden Age in Flemington: 10 Years of Active Ageing provides a case study for service providers working with CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) populations or those interested in learning more about multiculturalism and ageing
The book documents the self-directed activities of a community of Chinese seniors to actively engage with their broader community over 10 years. It reflects on the challenges, positive outcomes and aspirations at each stage. The Moonee Valley City Council funded the book.
The book begins with life stories of individuals highlighting the diversity of the group. It explains the 3 waves of Chinese migration to Australia and describes how the group “mobilised, set up a platform for dialogue and participation and communicated in different ways”.
“These people had actually lived in a very segregated way for the past 30 years” said Edith. “Initially there was no common language”. The Flemington group speak 3 dialects between them and multi-lingual group members were crucial to its development.
A later group, the Moonee Valley Golden Age Women includes a blend of people from Chinese and other backgrounds. This book is the latest of their projects.
ISBN: 978 0 646 99729 2