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Abroad Experience: Townsville, Australia

Posted on April 15, 2010

Brittany Bemis '10 remembers her time abroad...

I studied abroad at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia during my junior year. While in Australia I was introduced to the struggles of the aboriginals and the effects of colonialism on the indigenous cultures. My studies focused primarily on the stolen generation and the reconciliation process. Being in Australia, I was able to speak with many victims of the Stolen Generation and listen to their stories and their struggle to find their place in contemporary Australian society. Although I had done much reading on the stolen generation, I found it extremely helpful to hear firsthand accounts surrounding the effects of colonialism on the indigenous cultures. I found that studying abroad was useful to my major because it allowed me to experience another culture. Although I had been studying frameworks to understand other cultures, it was helpful to experience another society firsthand.

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