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Guest posted a topic in Chewing the fatfor me its a good thing,its an oppertunity to mix,and blend with other ideas,and custums--not a bad thing to unite the world:wubclub:
I am from India. I look like one, so obviously other Indians in Australia do ask me that. Probably they are just checking to confirm. I could as well be Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern, or any one of those countries where people mostly have brown skin. When ever I meet someone who is from India, I do smile, say hi. Just like I smile to anyone who would say hi, no matter what they look like and where ever they are from. But when an Indian says hi, he wants to know these things - Which part of India I am from, when did I come to Australia, on what visa did I come, and how did I manage to get here! I don't want to blurt out my entire immigration experience to this stranger. And then they automatically start talking in Hindi. There are quite a lot of languages spoken in India, and Hindi is one of them. Just because it's an official language doesn't mean I am comfortable speaking in Hindi. Just a little courtesy asking if I am ok to converse in Hindi, would be nice. And while speaking in Hindi, they start talking about white people and the Chinese. Some of them even insult them, in Hindi! It's not nice, really. It makes me sick to my stomach. I remind them that I have good friends who are white, and Chinese. But they don't get it. And they pass judgement about racism. Ah for God's sake! There is lots more, and I can go on and on... but I guess you get the idea. Now, when ever I see another person of Indian origin, I tend to avoid them. And I think to myself, how can I do that. I belong to that kind. How can I hate my own kind. How can I avoid my own kind. And I feel guilty for that. Is there something wrong with me? Is it too much to ask from our friends to speak to us past our skin color? Do I really want to know what that guy/gal thinks about Australia, White Australians, Chinese Australians, etc.? Am I insane to not like my own kind?
MORE than two-thirds of young people are the victims of racism at school, with first-generation migrant girls in years 11 and 12 most at risk. A national study has found that racism permeates Australian schools, with 80 per cent of secondary students from non-Anglo backgrounds and 55 per cent of students from Anglo backgrounds saying they had experienced racial vilification. Interesting some argue this is a continuation from the Howard years (Labor is not much better) when the racial genie was let out of the bottle, and resurgnce in emphasis upon (white Australia) "Aussie Values"?
The Lucky Country? Why is Australia the most successful and most peaceful multiculture in the developed world? How did an Anglo nation responsible for Aboriginal land theft, anti-Chinese riots and the White Australia Policy mutate into the country with arguably the least interracial violence in the developed world? It is an informative article, but I find it a bit patronising still that we have Australian media (and lobbyists) dictating to the public whether immigration is good or not...... fear of the Aussie stereotypes being challenged? Even PM Rudd quoted recently saying Australia could not go without Indians in Oz because of their food...if you follow the media that is logical as ALL Indians are rorting the immigration system by studying cookery for PR..... (of course no other nationalities use this pathway ) Rudd could have mentioned that many middle class doctors from India and other countries such as Iraq, Iran, etc. save the Australian regional health systems from collapse, and the Indian security issues in Melbourne do not exist in country towns where they are mostly appreciated as community members (though the "white" welfare ferals or trailer park trash from big cities moved to country towns can be a real problem). Australia suffers from relatively little ethnic violence, and when it has emerged it was encouraged by shock jock radio djs e.g. Cronulla. As someone said some years ago, Australians can give others a lot of verbal stick, but are really to lazy to hate that much....