Changing Anzac celebrations
Cultures from either sides of both world wars come together on Anzac Day to remember and recognise the futility of war, professor Paul Spoonley says.
The Massey University humanities and social sciences lecturer says Anzac has been evolving for the last 20 years as descendants of those who fought become more involved in commemorative events.
‘‘We’re seeing new generations starting to connect with their past.’’
A quarter of Auckland’s population is of Asian descent, Spoonley says.
‘‘For new migrants there is little connection but their children, who were born and grew up here, will understand the significance.’’
More and more the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia are becoming part of Anzac Day, he says.
‘‘In future Anzac will be celebrated differently but will still be important.’’