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As a teenager, I learnt a potent lesson about cultural differences from a peach. I bit it, found little grubs inside, and asked pest control to come and check for fruit fly. Expecting applause, I told my mother, and she exploded with fury.
How dare I tell some outsider that she’d bought bad fruit and then invite him to our house? What I saw as socially responsible, she saw as wilful damage to my family brand. Why? It's not race. It's culture. It's the values we learned from the society where we grew up. By race, I'm half-Chinese and half-white, but I grew up in Australia; by race, my mother is Chinese, but she grew up in Penang, Malaysia.
For most Australians, cultural difference is something they see outside their home: in the classroom, at the counter, or on the streets. For me, cultural difference is my foundation stone.
I spent my childhood negotiating the differences between my Malaysian Chinese mother and my Anglo-Australian father. As an adult, I realised the insights I’d gained from this were invaluable for a culturally diverse society like Australia.
Over the following ten years, I built on these insights. I studied Mandarin Chinese in China, completed a PhD in cross-cultural psychology and began helping people communicate across cultures.
My initial focus was helping international students with the transition to Australia. Soon after, I started advising university staff on how to teach and work with them more effectively. I also began running corporate relocation briefings for Australian executives heading abroad.
In 2001, I founded Globalise Consulting. Since then, I’ve worked with a wide range of clients, cultures and challenges, in Australia and overseas.
I believe that the best way to approach managing cultural diversity is practical, solution-focused and based on a genuine understanding of clients’ goals and concerns.
If you’d like to learn more about how Globalise can help your organisation, send me a message so we can chat about your needs.
The Metro Division Toastmasters Finals
1 February, 2020 • 50 people in the audience
Lunchtime Seminar at Waterford Institute of Technology
1 October, 2018 • 50 people in the audience
La Trobe University Graduation Ceremony
1 September, 2018 • 50 people in the audience
Young Vietnamese Entrepreneurs at FounderGirls
1 November, 2017 • 50 people in the audience
Moorabool Library Services ‘Bacchchat’ series
1 March, 2017 • 50 people in the audience
The Division 73 Toastmasters Semi-Annual Convention
1 November, 2016 • 50 people in the audience