Ryde Secondary College School Captain
17 years of age
Jordan is a total delight, articulate, kind, well thought out and not afraid to speak his truth, even if he doesn’t like his truth. He was very open during this interview.
- Jordan is Eurasian – father is Hong Kong Chinese, mother Australian. He’s often called “halfie” and has experienced racism “I used to cop a lot of stuff because kids would say, "oh, you're not really white," or, "you're not really Asian. Stop trying to be Asian."
- He cares about being liked, but doesn’t like that he cares so much – “I do care too much about being liked. A lot of people tell me that, especially my dad, but I do like being appreciated and I don't like people to dislike me, so I do a lot of things to avoid being disliked by people or to offend people. I don't like that either.
- He is also concerned about the obsession with image in today’s youth and how that creates division
Having your own image is definitely an issue for students, we put so much value into image, that students who don't are kind of forced into representing themselves in some sort of way in order to be heard.
Social media platforms are very image based, where we have a need to be seen in a certain light. The social norm of attractiveness or clothing is something that students feel they need to be pushed into to be accepted by their cohort, whether you're wearing something that is deemed as affluent or whether your face appears slim.
Students take on this role where they feel that it's justified that there's issues with our society that they need to take a political stance themselves in order to align themselves. Around my school, people who identify themselves as either the left wing or the right wing, or "I support this" or "I support that." It's very mature and thinking, but it is also divisive. It's a good idea to take the best beliefs, instead of just identifying yourself into a political system.
I'm really interested in what our Prime Minister’s opinion is for the future of our industry, especially with COVID-19 as it has shown us the need to be independent as a country. I'm really intrigued about how he sees us as an independent nation in terms of industry, because we are very spread out in terms of where our allegiances are in industry.
We don't really produce much at the moment except for coal and uranium, which is something that we're trying to move away from. It is good to have a global connection, but we also need to enrich ourselves.
As a leader, the most important thing is to be able to view not just the loudest voice, but the marginalized voices as well. You need to be able to understand your nation on a holistic basis. You can't just be focusing on one sector.
It is imperative to understand the whole basis of your society each cultural demographic, each age group, once you've truly listened to all those voices and comprehend what they're saying, then you can start to move in a direction where you're representing and creating change for them.
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