Becoming You: An incomplete guide
It wasn’t just you. Growing up is confusing, difficult to navigate and different for everyone.
Remember the awkwardness, smile at those embarrassing stories that unite us all and celebrate pivotal coming-of-age moments through a multitude of real-life stories—from the hilarious to the heart-wrenching, the monumental to the mundane.
Becoming You presents 71 Australian coming of age stories by 72 storytellers in all their diversity. These personal experiences traverse landscapes of time, gender, orientation, culture, age, and distance, reflecting Immigration Museum's commitment to celebrating our shared humanity.
Among the storytellers are performance artist and writer Adolfo Aranjuez, astrophysicist Alan Duffy, writer Alice Pung, model Andreja Pejic, artist Atong Atem, poet and critic Fiona Wright, climate activist Harriet O'Shea Carre, disability activist Jax Jacki Brown, AFL footballer Jason Johannisen, fashion designer Jenny Bannister, drag queen Karen from Finance, Gunnai-Gunditjmara Greens Senator for Victoria Lidia Thorpe, rapper Nathan Bird (Birdz), ballet dancer and actor Noel Tovey, comedian and writer Osamah Sami, documentary filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe and cross-cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra.
Alongside the experiences of these more well-known identities will be the surprising, delightful and moving stories of everyday people reflecting the diversity of contemporary Australian society.
Follow our step-by-step guide through diverse environments, experience relatable stories in unexpected and delightful ways, and wonder: does the process of becoming an adult ever really end?
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