Murdochians rise to challenge of TEDxPerth

October 24, 2013

Murdoch PhD student Carina Hoang.

Murdoch University Asia Research Centre PhD student Carina Hoang and alumnus Griffin Longley are among a dozen of Perth’s most remarkable people who will be speaking at the annual TEDxPerth event on Saturday, October 26.

To be held from 9.30am to 5pm at the Octagon Theatre in Crawley, the event sold out within 48 hours; but people interested in taking in wide range of talks from across a range of disciplines can watch the simulcast online or at the Northbridge Piazza.

At age 16 Carina Hoang escaped war-torn Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. Since settling in Perth five years ago she has worked to raise awareness of ‘boat people’ and their stories and assist families from different parts of the world to search for graves of their loved ones in former Indonesian refugee camps.

Ms Hoang’s book, Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975–1996, received a silver medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (USA) and she was inducted into WA’s inaugural women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In June 2012, she was appointed Special Representative to the UN Refugee Agency’s Australian charity.

Alumnus Griffin Longley (Bachelor of Arts 2000, Bachelor of Journalist 2001) is an award-winning journalist, weekly columnist with the West Australian, manager of a program for at risk kids called Midnight Basketball, father and CEO of Nature Play WA.

Nature Play WA promotes the importance of unstructured play outside and in nature and has quickly gained an international reputation for innovative programs that increase awareness of the benefits of unstructured play outdoors.

To watch their talks and learn more, go here.

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