Today I visited the Tulip Festival in Silvan. Though originally a Dutch festival, it has now a very strong Turkish flavour. The program featured some very impressive performances by local Turkish dancers and performers. Strangely, the day seemed to be attended mostly by Indians. A Dutch festival performed by Turks and watched by Indians -- only in Melbourne!
Michael King writes after his stay in Papua New Guinea, that he 'became more conscious of the value of my Maori associations; of what New Zealand would lose by way of its modest sense of antiquity, ritual, poetry, grace and humour if it were left solely with its Anglo Saxon heritage' (Michael King Being Pakeha: An Encounter With New Zealand And The Maori, 1985, p. 159 ). Balanda, like Pakeha, is an indigenous word describing those of non-indigenous identity. Being Balanda explores what it means to be a non-indigenous Australian. For more information, see here.