Murray was forced to leave Sierra Leone during the Civil War in 1990 and now, a world away in Bankstown, he runs the steadily growing Sierra Leone Youth Group.
When Aida decided to begin wearing the hijab, she noticed there wasn’t much of a range available for women in Australia.
So, she opened her own store in Punchbowl.
From the 'ghantowns' and 'tin mosques,' this mosque in Blacktown is the first place built by Afghans from the ground up.
It began as a local grassroots initiative and now attracts up to 200 people a month. Here, is the largest poetry slam in the Southern Hemisphere.
Personal stories from people who lived in Villawood Detention Centre during three different periods of Australian immigration policy.
When Anne left Sierra Leone during the civil war and came to the Bankstown region, there was nowhere for African women to get their hair done. She decided to do something about it.
‘Global Change in Western Sydney’ is a collaboration between Mapping Frictions and Global Studies at the University of Technology Sydney.
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Khaled Saj pioneered the first manoush shop in the area. When controversy hit his community he realised the only way to change things was to become a sheikh.
Benny first discovered dance in Australia after his family fled from the Vietnam War. Now he uses dance to give kids a place to express themselves.
A short story from a contributor.
"Hasan is in a yellow taxi travelling east along the main highway of Amman, Jordan, hurtling towards his homeland of Palestine for the first time."
A visitor is challenged by her prejudices about the Australian public just as much as her ingrained ideas about Islam.
Western Sydney University's Professor James Arvanitakis discusses the way we understand communities and their frictions.
A short story from South-Western Sydney resident.
"The fight started outside Liverpool Plaza, where Serbian men gather to play chess on the oversized board."
You think your suburb's controversial? Sydney journalist falsely describes Lakemba as'Muslim Land'and we decided to retrace his steps.
A short story from Western Sydney resident.
"It was the same look she had when I brought Lana's father home all those years ago. Back then she had accused me of betraying our heritage."
A suburban meditation from Lachlan Brown's 'Limited Cities' book of poetry.
Was the TV show poverty porn for middle class Australians or something more?
"Aboriginal kids get an opportunity to learn traditional culture and hang out with other black fellas"
"A young Afghani woman separates fact from fiction as she plays the role of a refugee for Sydney’s Fringe Festival"