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    Cuc Lam's Suitcase
Cuc Lam's Suitcase
Worksheet

Here is Cuc Lam's Suitcase National Treasure.

FOCUS QUESTION

What does this object help me understand about Australian history and heritage?

IDENTIFYING THE OBJECT

1. Describe the object. (Comment on such aspects as its size, use, age, condition.)

FORMING HYPOTHESES

2. This object is important because it is associated with refugee immigration to Australia.

What do you think the object helps us to understand about:

  • our national identity
  • the nature of migration
  • the refugee experience
  • the impact of immigration on Australian people and the nation?

FINDING OUT MORE

3. Imagine you had to write a short paragraph describing the object and its significance to an overseas visitor. List three things that you would need to find out about in order to create that description.

You will get extra information about this object from the video clip, and the Warren Brown cartoon of it.

COMING TO CONCLUSIONS

4. Now write that short paragraph for your overseas visitor.

ADDING TO NATIONAL TREASURES

5. Imagine that you could add any one object relating to immigration to a 'National Treasures' list. What would that object be?

Explain and justify your choice.

You might like now to see the video clip on Cuc Lam's Suitcase, or explore the Warren Brown cartoon of Cuc Lam's Suitcase featured in the video clip.
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