ICEPAInstitute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (Victoria University; Melbourne, Australia)
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Research for the ICEPA report was undertaken in June 2009, in response to the increasing incidence of violence against international students, particularly those of Indian background, and the public debate that ensued about whether or not the violence was racially or opportunistically motivated (Babacan et al.
First, it uses the voice of the international students to explore how Indian students themselves understand and explain the violence, creating knowledge about a critical education issue that complements the ICEPA research (Babacan et al.
In our study cultural differences were a major theme in the students' perceived reasons for the attacks; similarly, the ICEPA report found 'that racism or cross-cultural misunderstanding is one pervasive element in a mix of interrelated factors' (Babacan et al.