Chang­ing An­zac cel­e­bra­tions

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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