Immigration from Burma (Myanmar) is not new to Australia, but in recent decades there has been a marked increase refugees/migrants from numerous minorities from that country. This cultural awareness presentation looks particularly at the Chin-speaking minorities, who display significant linguistic diversity which can cause difficulties both for language services and for other service providers. After providing background to the Chin migration to Australia, the session will look at the diversity of Chin languages - and how to correctly identify the varieties - and cultural issues including religion, educational levels and settlement experiences.
Any service providers to Chin/Burmese immigrants; organisers of language services.
The varieties of the Chin languages and the correct identification of language and interpreting needs of this population.
Familiarity with the cultural, religious and social variations in the Chin/Burmese population
Be able to more appropriately identify languages and respond to the needs of Chin/Burmese clients
Dr Uldis Ozolins is a well-known teacher, researcher and writer on Interpreting & Translation with an international reputation. He has taught at several Australian universities, most recently at Western Sydney University where he was head of the languages and I&T area for several years. Uldis has conducted numerous professional development and training seminars for various organisations including All Graduates; was one of the authors of the Code of Ethics for AUSIT, the national professional association for I&T in Australia; and has participated in the restructuring of the NAATI testing regime. With a background in social sciences and politics, he advises on language service policy and is keen to develop cultural and linguistic awareness among service providers and the wider community.
Zang Kho Kahi Haukip is a Chin Zomi/Tedim interpreter and community worker.
Florence Lalrammuani Fanchun is a Chin Mizo interpreter and community worker.
J Lingh Zathang is interpreter/translator for Chin, Hakha, Falam and Burmese with wide experience in Australia and internationally.
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