Refugees, Museums and the Digital Diaspora



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

There is a growing digital diaspora of refugees and asylum seekers reconnecting in real time reunions with other refugees, aid workers and war veterans - and curating their own history on social media. Listen to Anh Nguyen discuss how this online community is shaping contemporary museum practice.

Learn how crochet from a Burmese detainee on Manus Island, photographs from detention and refugee stories were all recently acquired by Museums Victoria. Anh, who was a child refugee and is now an active digital citizen in this diaspora, will explain how friendships on Facebook helped facilitate these acquisitions.


Anh Nguyen is a Research Associate at Museums Victoria and is completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne about Vietnamese child refugees and the digital diaspora. She has designed collaborations using game design and animation for engagement with the contemporary life and histories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.  

Lecture suitable for age 12+

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