Category Archives: cross cultural relationships

Picnics for October – December

Come along to one of our picnics and enjoy the company of families similar to your own.


Sunday, October 16, 2011
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Bring some food to share / BBQ. The children will enjoy exploring the animal exhibits in the park and there is plenty of room for bike riding or ball games.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. For more information or wet weather plans please call Suzanne on: 0401 869 106.


Saturday, November 19, 2011
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The waterplay park at Steel Park, Marrickville.

Bring your cossies and some food to share/BBQ. The waterplay park is a family friendly Park with BBQs, playground, soccer field, and it’s right on a bike path along the Cooks river.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. For more information or wet weather plans please call Suzanne on: 0401 869 106.


Saturday 10 December

Venue: The Entrance – exact location to be confirmed.

Working it out

Working it Out: Stories from African-Australian Relationships is a new resource for people in mixed African-Australian relationships based on interviews with fifteen people about their personal experiences. The booklet includes stories, links and suggestions on a range of issues such as parenting, finances, problem solving and cultural difference.

The resource was funded by a grant from University of Western Sydney and produced by AAN Committee members Annie Stopford, Jill Sergeant and Cornel Robinson. A limited number of print copies are available or you can download it here. Working it Out was launched at the AAN fundraising dinner on Friday 27 November.

AAN fundraising dinner and raffle

afrobeatsSydney Opera House has kindly given AAN two family passes of four tickets each to the Afro Beats Babies Prom with Afro Moses in early December. More info

Winners of the two family passes will be drawn at our fundraising dinner, coming up on Friday 27 November at the African Queen restaurant in Marrickville. We will also be launching a new resource for people in mixed relationships that’s been developed by three of our members.

Places are strictly limited so book now!

Money raised from these fundraisers will go towards public liability insurance for AAN events.

August picnic in Merryands

The next AAN picnic will be

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 8 August

at Central Gardens Reserve Merrylands

Cnr Merrylands Rd & Cumberland Highway.
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Come along and meet new people and families of mixed backgrounds. Bring some food to share, and enjoy good company. The children will enjoy exploring the animal exhibits in the park and there is plenty of room for bike riding or ball games.

If it is raining we will meet at a Cafe close by. Please contact Suzanne on 0417 777 131 for more details. Hope to see you there!

AAN survey results

In October 2007 AAN started an online survey. We wanted to know more about the challenges and needs of people in mixed relationships in NSW, and also what kinds of activities they’d like AAN to do. It’s a first that we know of in Australia.

75 people filled in the survey and the key issues that they named as important were lack of connection to African culture and community, cultural issues, and racism and prejudice. They were most interested in AAN doing picnics, and seminars on political and cultural issues.

39 of the people who answered the survey were currently in a mixed relationship and 20 used to be, and the remainder either were “just friends” or did not answer the question.  They represented 18 countries and all regions of Africa, and 24 different language groups.

56 women and 18 men filled out the survey. 21 were of African heritage and 52 were non-African. 36 were the parents of mixed children.

For more detail Download the survey results summary (PDF, 5 pages).

We are very pleased with the response, it has provided useful information which will help us as an organisation. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill it in. 

We will be keeping the survey online until the end of year because we are keen to get the views of more men and more African heritage people, so as to get a fuller picture of what people in mixed relationships want & need. So if you haven’t already, please do the survey, and/or encourage your partners and friends to do so too.

Do the survey online or Download the survey (MS Word) and email or post it back to us.

Celebrating the first Black president of the USA

barack_obamaA.A.N. celebrates the election of the first black American president. We want to pay tribute not only to Barack Obama’s extraordinary spirit and vision, but also to his mother and grandmother, and to his whole extended multicultural and multiracial family.

In the aftermath of Obama’s historic election, we received an email from Endashaw Tesema, an African leader in Australia, honouring all those women who have had the courage and determination to build intercultural and racial relationships and families, despite enormous obstacles and opposition at times. With his permission, we include an extract from his email here:

“Many would rather I did not make this comment but following Milton who once said “a grateful mind owes not but still pays” I wish to pay at this moment in history, not later.

It is women like you who have followed their hearts, not the expectations of others, in more cases than not at great personal price, that helped in the speedy arrival of a moment in history today.

Thank you for meeting us half way to help us cross the bridge, to propel the world toward transition at a more accelerated speed than would have been otherwise.

Without the brave women like you having met us half way, America would have taken longer to make history; many millions of people would have passed away without witnessing this change; many millions of people whould have simply continued to hang on to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” with no hope of realising this dream in their lifetime. The reason is those who granted the making of this history would have been less prepared to cause the realisation of this dream. Together, the women like you and us have shaped the history that has just unfolded.”

A.A.N really appreciates this recognition, and also acknowledge all the men who also play such a critical role in creating and sustaining intercultural and racial families.

Research into African Australian relationships

Are you, or have you been, a member of an African and non African Australian couple?

If so, would you be interested in being interviewed about your experiences for a research project into coping strategies of African and non African Australian couples? 

This project is being conducted by researchers from the University of Western Sydney, with the aim of producing a “self help” manual for cross cultural couples. The recorded interviews will be approximately one hour in duration, and will be conducted in a mutually convenient location. Your privacy, anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed.

If you are interested in participating, and/or would like more information, please contact, or call 0403 494 491.