This paper explores the notion of multi-literacy through visual and narrative approaches. The presentation will highlight an innovative cross-cultural research study, initiated in Australia and involving four countries (including Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong), which documents children's life experiences. The everyday lives of children are exposed and interrogated through both the photographic images they have provided and the words that they have attached to them. Through examinations of family, schooling and environment, socio-cultural expressions of the self will be examined. This predominantly visual presentation will provide narrative accounts exploring personal cultural representations. Research relating to the role of new literacies in contemporary education, including narrative and visual, will be presented in detail using authentic experiences for the development of strategies to critically explore meaning.