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  1. I am not an Englishman, I'm an Australian interested in the experiences of Australian immigrants. Presently, my honours thesis revolves around examining cultural adaption, religiosity and mental health in Australian immigrants (i.e. international students, immigrants in Australia or Australians born to immigrant parents). In order to gather data I am using a survey, which takes 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous, which asks about an individuals experiences in Australia, their religious beliefs and practices, and their mental health regarding depression, anxiety and stress. Given that this board is centred around Australian immigrants, I believe it is a reasonable place to post my survey. If anyone is willing, I would very much appreciate it if you could please complete my thesis survey using the following link: https://rmit.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JJkpqRcgj3FIKF. All responses are very much appreciated, and I hope to expand on the current understanding of immigrant experiences and mental health in Australia. You can also share the survey with anyone you believe might be interested in doing it if you wish.
  2. Hey everyone! I'm heading to Australia for my first solo backpacking trip. There's a lot of information out there about backpacking Australia, but I wanted direct advice from people who have experienced Australia either by backpacking through the country or living there. Basically, my questions are: What are some free/cheap things to do in Australia? What is worth spending extra money on? What do you regret spending money on? And please tell me some of your amazing experiences in Australia - hiking a rainforest, scuba diving vs. snorkeling the GBR, parks you liked or didn't, quirky places not typically talked of... I honestly want to hear what everyone has to say about Australia! What's overrated or touristry, what should be seen but typically isn't... anything you'd like to mention! A bit about me is that I adore nature, so seeing the best rain forests/experiencing the Outback is important to me. Seeing wildlife would be awesome - I'm even considering shelling out $160 for a crocodile dive (has anyone done that?! Was it worth it?). Are the zoos worth visiting, or can you see wildlife outdoors anyway? I also love music and art, so any neat and cheap museums or outdoor art for free would be awesome to see. I realize this is really general, and if anyone doesn't want to share here, please feel free to PM me as well! I'm trying to get a ton if different ideas so I'm prepared for my WHV trip
  3. We have had a few threads on here with regard to racism and integration of the immigrant has come up time and again. What do people consider to be integration? Is it dressing like those in the host country ? Speaking the language of the host nation? Eating like the natives? - eg changing their cuisine, mode of eating- ditching chopsticks or fingers for knives and forks? Not speaking their mother tongue? What do you think is integration and what is perceived as lack of integration?
  4. It always puzzles me when people call it 'uncultured' here, whatever that means. This was the full London cast with Kevin Spacey as 'Richard III.' 'Mary Poppins' is still on at the Capitol, 'Jersey Boys' at ?Her Majesties? (In the MLC Centre), plus whatever else there is on at the Opera House, Belvoir Theatre, Sydney Theatre Co, etc, etc. Sydney Festival on next month too. Walked down through Darling Harbour from Town Hall for something to eat before the play. Darling Harbour was packed, the casino at Star City was packed, everywhere was packed, though I did not care for George St after midnight. I guess that is just down to age though.
  5. Hi I am only just starting my search into the areas / suburbs around Perth. Can anyone give me sugestions on areas which have a good mix of coffee shops / restaurants / independant shops / possibly a pub or two. A good senior school, or good transport links to one is essential. 30 -45 mins from the city would be fine. 15 mins from a good beach House budget undecided, depends on whether we take a mortgage! Just a few pointers in a general direction whould be helpful at this stage. Thanks in advance.
  6. Guest

    Making friend is difficult?

    I find making friends over here so hard. I moved here 5 years ago from England to Brisbane. I accept that things are completely different here to England some good some bad and I have always appreiciate different cultures/interest/religions etc etc But I've just found making friends so hard and awkward, I feel like it's a mission, there's no flow in any conversation, people don't understand my humor, and I think I've just had enough. And it gets me down so much because I love this country but I've never experienced feeling so isolated from a whole nationality of people. I know they'll be some aussies saying ''well if you don't like it bugger off' ''Well we'll just have to see what the aborigines have to say about that, ay! It's that exact arrogance I can't stand. Has anyone else had difficulties making friends? I live in Brisbane, and I feel like my mind wants to blow up sometimes, I don't get the people, their attitudes. Perhaps us 'pommies' are too soft, but I believe in self respect and giving it back, I find having both these traits make you come across as a weakling and it will only get you knocked down and walked over.I have gradually found myself loosing my sense in humor I once had and have now adopted this defensive attitude in preparation for cocky, smart uncalled for remarks. I apologize if this is just too personal and may offend australians, and I have met some really lovely people here, just not enough of them.
  7. pablo

    Culture,what is it?

    A reccuring theme on here is that Australia has no culture,so what is culture?im asking. I dont call theatres,the ballet etc culture for instance,i call things like that the arts,for me culture is about the people of a particular place,and the peoples ways/interests,the things that have formed that place. For example,theres plenty of theatres,museums,art galleries in lpool,plenty of character buildings(2nd most listed after London i think?),massive cathedrals,one for each of the christian faiths,but none of that is to do with culture for me,culture is how the people are,how they interact,their mindset. I would say the culture of my city is about football,about the river and the first dry dock that brought the city wealth,ok yes it was on the back of slavery and cotton,but that was then and im not apologising for that 200 years later,it is also the cities great companies like the Cunard line,White star line etc that have given it a great seafaring tradition,along with it being the headquarters for the atlantic conveys in WW2. The strikes on the docks and Fords etc also formed others opinions on Lpool people and the workforce,as did derek hatton etc,for good or bad?????????? Another thing that changed my city was the irish immigration to lpool,many just simply couldnt afford to carry on to america IF they made it across on the coffin ships to lpool,so they stayed here in their thousands,40 % of the population at one stage i think,but they brought their ways to us and undoubtably some of those ways have stayed with us,liverpool was the only city in England to have an elected irish nationalist mp for instance,so deffo being a port town is what helped to form us and our city. So thats what i think culture is,a places people,in the case of my city i guess were pretty outgoing or even cocky by nature,a bit bolshie and cynical as well maybe. So do you agree,is culture about THINGS or PEOPLE?
  8. There's a nice series on Radio 4 at the moment about Poms who have moved to Oz - and their views on the country. Listen here... BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Into Here, Episode 1 Enjoy!
  9. No, I'm not talking about smoking pot, but normal cigarettes. When I was in OZ 10 years ago, I remember that people were becoming more conscious about smoking. It seemed that smoking was becoming less popular in general. It has surely changed a lot in Europe in the last few years were smoking has been banned from many public places. So, is it the same like it was 10 years ago or has the culture changed (to the better or worse) in OZ? I'm curious to know.... Cheers B!K3R
  10. tracy123

    What is culture?

    OK I did this thread a while back, but since Australia is lacking of culture I’d like to know what culture means to you? Now if culture means European history, well I guess the clue is in title..... “European” something you’ll find little of in the rest of the world outside Europe. Since there are 164 definitions of culture, I figure this is a fair question. According to Wiki it seems that Australia has an abundance of culture. :wink: If you wish to read more. Culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  11. Guest

    Culture shock

    Okay, so, I'm just putting my feelers out towards what to expect with the social life and culture, especially with transferring from Britain. I've talked to a lot of individuals who have switched their residency, and they all say the same thing... the biggest factor is getting used to the culture shock and the differences from Britain to Australia. So, what are the biggest things to get used to in terms of culture? What are the main differences I should mentally be preparing myself for?
  12. "The phases of culture shock are predictable Experts reject the concept of culture shock as a malady that one catches and then gets over. It is not something that strikes suddenly or results from a single event. Instead, it builds up over time, an accumulation of minor or major cultural confrontations that may be difficult to pinpoint. Experts now prefer to describe culture shock as a "cycle of readjustment", marked by four phases. Phase 1: In the beginning you go through an euphoric period, the "tourist phase": when you take a lot of pictures and are excited about the move. You may notice how surprisingly similar things are to home, and things that are dissimilar seem merely quaint. Phase 2: Soon elements of the new culture begin to intrude, are no longer always enchanting. Your curiosity is overtaken by irritation, impatience, frustration, anger and depression. Minor nuisances become catastrophic upsets. You feel helpless and drained, emotionally and physically. Family members bicker more than normally or begin to complain about the country and local people. Differences become blown out of proportion, and harsh judgements will be made: "These people just don't value human life". People at this stage show all the symptoms of being under pressure. Some people withdraw, develop obsessions (about cleanliness, fear of foreigners, over-eating or sleeping), or become overtly hostile and aggressive. Phase 2 can last for months. It affects the employee's performance at work, children's adjustment at school, and the spouse's ability to provide family support at home. It does not affect only the individuals involved, but the whole family dynamic. Fortunately, reactions usually hit different family members at different times, so that individuals are better able to help each other, and they must – adjustment is a process to be worked on by family members together. Phase 3: If they don't pack up and go home during Phase 2, an individual or family eventually begins to learn, to change and to adapt. This is a "pulling-up" period, in which you begin to accept local ways, or accept negative feelings but find better ways to handle them. Self-confidence returns; you feel less isolated and more comfortable. You can now look onward and upward. Phase 4: At last you come to feel at home and to truly enjoy the country and culture. Your sense of humour returns, you have made friends, you "know the ropes". You are now the local expert who can give advice. Newcomers can now cry on your shoulder. Fortunately, culture shock is predictable, patterned and manageable. If you are prepared, you can control it. If you don't take steps to deal with it, it can be expensive in time, money and heartache"
  13. hi all We are moving to Sydney next year and are struggling to find a suburb that is not overly spread out. We would love to find somewhere that has a community feel, a main street, rows of cafes, etc. Somewhere that you can walk around without travelling on highways etc Does this ring a bell to anyone?! ANy info/suggestions would be great thanks Karl
  14. Just out of interest, really. I've read countless times on here how there is no 'culture' in Australia or people are missing the 'buzz' of the UK while they are living there. What do people actually mean by these words and in what way are they missing in Australia? I'm working on the principle that you guys don't mean hanging out at museums (which I, BTW love but with kids...) and watching the ballet all the time! lol As it's the half-term hols and we've all been off this week (OH included), we've obviously been taking full advantage of doing 'qulaity' (and cheap :err:) activities together as a family, as you do. On Bank Holiday Monday we went to the Lord Mayor's Show here in Birmingham, which was billled as 'A fun day out for the whole family' (you just know it's gonna be downhill from there!). Well, in a word, all I can say is DIRE - some tired, old bouncy castles; the police showing off their dogs and car sirens; the fire brigade warning the public to install smoke alarms and the piece de resistance, some mediocre bands and 'multi-cultural' music on a tiny stage. There was a very poor turn-out and just no atmosphere!! We went to Windsor later in the week - to go to Legoland but spent a day pottering around the town as well. Lovely castle (never went inside, family ticket = 41 pounds) and Eton's cute, never knew the College would look like that, thought it was set in grounds in the countryside. Anyway, Windsor High St, just like all the others in England, same shops, same grimness, same chavs. And then there's Legoland, well 37 pounds per adult to get in and 27 pounds per child (we had kids go free vouchers, otherwise it would have been a no-no). The shortest queue we were in was 1 hour 10 minutes long. They do a service called q-bot, which you can get at an additional 10 pounds per person - it's a fancy gadget that queues in a virtual queue for you and then alerts you when it's time to get on your ride so that you don't have to stand for an hour plus carrying a two tonne, crying four year old who has had enough of it all by midday and just wants to go home... But I think at the price paid for admission, I expect some sort of value for money, without having to pay even more on top - now that's very British and we just take it. Anyway, in 9 hours, we went on 6 rides!!! (Not one goes upsidedown). I spent my teenage years in beautiful, historic Lincoln (same High St as Windsor and all the other cities in the UK), where I was born and it is close to my heart, so I haven't always lived in an ugly, industrial city and apart from old buildings and history, I still see no 'culture', 'tradtion' or 'buzz'. On a day-to-day basis, weekends and holidays, what is there to DO here that is better than what's available in Oz? I've got loads more to say but now run the risk of being boring, so let's have your ideas.... :confused:
  15. Guest

    Fit in or **** off

    I just wanted to say, as an Australian, how deeply ashamed I am at the behaviour of some youths in Manly, NSW on Australia Day yesterday. If you have not yet heard about this, though if you are in Oz it would be hard not to, then this link may help. Sydney riots shatter oz day | PerthNow I'm still (fairly) young but I feel worlds apart from the kids who are mentioned in this article running about the place telling people to "f*** off we're full"... it's humiliating to think current generations of Australians have this point of view. IMHO, Australia Day should be about celebrating what Australia has become (despite its less than honourable start) and everyone who currently lives here, EVERYONE, should have a right to feel at home and proud to be here. Particularly on a day like yesterday. So, although I know they weren't targetting Poms in their attacks, on behalf of all other Australians, I'm sorry for their actions and their words. It is a VERY small monority of people who hold this opinion that we shouldn't be welcoming migrants in with open arms (god knows we have the room) and if you are in the UK and are in the process of coming over here or are even just thinking about coming over here, please do. You are more than welcome.
  16. I am new to this forum; feels like an intruder so be nice. Being an expat South African now staying in Perth (Snoozzzzville) that stumbled across this website and very intrigue by some of the very interesting threads I have read here, I also have some burning questions. a. Would you say that there is a difference between the UK culture and the Australian culture? b. How long did it take you to experience it c. How do you adapt to it d. Do you have many Oz friends that you socialise with outside work (what % split) I am eager to hear from you all! Regards
  17. Guest

    Climate,Cold Feet and Culture!

    Hello! I am brand new to forums today so hope I'm doing it right!. I have been researching moving to OZ for 1 year but was looking at Perth simply because we have freinds there. I have just been advised that my job has gone on the skills in demand list for ACT and have been advised to appy for a 176 visa. Subsequently my attention has been focused on this area but I'm very confused by some advice. The area looks fantastic to me but some have said it is boring and very cold which has kind of upset my motivation and given me some concerns about the area. My family were looking for a great lifestyle (which I remain in agreement that ACT has) but concerned about the weather - (we were hoping for a much better climate and much warmer winters than the UK) and plenty to do for us and our young children. One of the selling points to the kids was that we could go to the beach all the time but it seems this is quite far away. Others say the area is full of politicians and public service workers (of which I am one) and little else. I am looking for honest and balanced advice - can anyone help? :smile:
  18. I've noticed that a lot people complain about Australia having a lack of culture compared to the UK. But what do people really mean when they say 'lack of culture'. I know that culture can be sub-divided into categories but people generally make a sweeping statement. I used to be guilty myself of saying that countries like Australia and America have no culture, but over time i've had to admit to myself that i was just emulating what everyone around me was saying. Personally, i like watching sport, drinking, playing sport, drinking and eating. I've been dragged to the ballet a couple of time's by Mel and it was surprisingly okay. I've been to the theatre a couple of time's and that was okay too. But the UK isn't the only place in the world with theatre's and ballet, if that's what 'culture' is. As for pub culture, that used to be good when i was younger but unless you're into cocaine these days....well, i'm sure some of you know what i mean. Anyway, if you think Australia lacks culture, then please let us know in what way. Or am i just uncultured! Darren.
  19. Guest

    does oz have a yob culture ?

    I am a mum of 3 young boys going through the emigration process. My main reason for wanting to leave the Uk is the yob/knife culture that seems to surround me and my boys. I want them to grow up strong, confident and as care free as possible. What are ozzie teenagers like ? Do they wear hoodies, drive mini motor bikes, carry knives, do drugs, make loads of noise and puke on your front lawn? That is what the locals are like around here ! The thought of my boys growing into these monsters terrifies me. I feel that the future in the South of England is pretty grim for young men and i will happily move to the other side of the world if it gives them a better start in life. What do you think? Is oz (WA) a better place to raise kids ? or is it just wishful thinking on my part ?
  20. Guest

    Australian Culture

    Don't know if any of you have seen this but I thought is was funny :laugh: The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm The shorter the nickname, the more they like you. Whether it's the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle. If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or, just conceivably, a wharfie. There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce. On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallet by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out. We might have very stupid thieves. Or really stinky sandshoes. Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the milk crate. All our best heroes are losers. The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags. It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold. A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped. It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard". Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate" can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship". Alternatively, we may all just be really hopeless with names. The wise man chooses a partner who is attractive not only to himself, but to neighbourhood mosquitoes. If it can't be fixed with pantyhose and fencing wire, it's not worth fixing. The most popular and widely praised family in any street is the one that just happens to have the swimming pool. The phrase "we've got a great lifestyle" means everyone in the family drinks too much. The poisoning of Phar Lap remains the purest example of what happens when Australians attempt to take on the outside world. If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine, but then spend all night drinking the host's beer. Don't worry, he'll have catered for it. If there's any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres, you'd be a mug not to go. When tipping in a restaurant, we add 10 per cent, and then round down to the nearest large-denomination note. Yet, miraculously, we still believe we've tipped 10 per cent. The phrase "a simple picnic" is not known. Or at least not acted upon. You should take everything. If you don't need to make three trips back to the car, you are not trying. Unless ethnic, you are not permitted to sit down in your front yard, or on your front porch. Pottering about, gardening or fence-leaning is acceptable. Just don't sit. That's what backyards are for. Out in the bush, the tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor. A flash sportscar driven by a middle-aged man does not incite envy as in America, but hilarity. On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus grog battle problem that can only ever be resolved by leaving the salad at home. When on a country holiday, the motel neon advertising the pool will always be slightly larger than the actual pool. The men are tough, but the women are tougher. The chief test of manhood is one's ability to install a beach umbrella in high winds. Australians love new technology. Years after their introduction, most conversations on mobile phones are principally about the fact that the call is "being made on my mobile". There comes a time in every Australian's life when one realises that the Aeroguard is far, far worse than the flies. And, finally, don't let the tourist books fool you. No-one says "cobber".