Kavita Bedford is a writer and journalist. She is the creative producer of a multimedia storytelling project in Western Sydney, and the former editor of The Point Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Guernica, YouTube’s Creators for Change and Women’s International Perspective, among others. She is a 2018 recipient of the Churchill Fellowship.
Smiling faces of integration
Right now, in the face of fear, it is much easier to use the well-worn trope of refugee and migrant ‘success stories’. This is the typical format used by governments and corporate campaigns, as well as media, showcasing those who have overcome hardships, found light in Australia and are now in some way contributing to the economy.
MemoirI WENT TO a high school filled with smart kids. Kids who had been specially selected because their brains were somehow advanced. But they were only smart in the way they could read books and do tricky things with...