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|At its simplest, 'fusion history' refers to the histories of people, societies and cultures that are conscious of, and identify to some degree with, mixed race or multi ethnic or inter-communal origins. It also covers concepts and frameworks for thinking about, living with and celebrating such identities. These are identities that may have always known of, or which may have only recently been (re)discovered.
Fusion History seeks to celebrate fusion identities and cultures in Australia and around the world. Fusion identities have been an integral, although generally ignored, element in Australian history since at least 1788, and probably for several hundred years before that along the western and northern coastlines.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported in a front page story on racism in Australia (26th December 2005) that in a survey of 5000 people in New South Wales and Queensland following the September 11 attacks in New York 12% of people "held beliefs akin to racial supremacy", while 13% "believed 'races' should be kept sexually separate".
These supremacist values can be contrasted with a 2004 report from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigienous Affairs (DIMIA), which states in part:
There has been a strong pattern of intermarriage between these Australians of different backgrounds. Today less than half the population is of pure Anglo-Celtic descent. Over 60% of Australians have at least two, different ethnic origins, and 20% have four or more.The idea that 'Anglo-Celtic' is somehow ethnically 'pure', however, suggests that even within the Department's researchers and consultants there are some quaint understandings of these matters.
There are a number of approaches within academia to what is variously called hybridity, cosmopolitanism, fusion and similar terms. Links to current academic papers, various philosophies, terminologies and histories relevant to understanding Fusion History are listed on the left.