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Forums / Multicultural experiences / Are you multicultural or are you Australian?

Topic: Are you multicultural or are you Australian?

  1. Donte'
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    6 August 2018
    Our Land

    We climbed the hill to look over our land:
    fields poor and few, stones, olive trees.
    Vineyards head toward the sea. Beside the plow
    a small fire smoulders. We shaped the old man's clothes
    into a scarecrow against the ravens. Our days
    are making their way toward a little bread and great sunshine.
    Under the poplars a straw hat beams.
    The rooster on the fence. The cow in yellow.
    How did we manage to put our house and our life in order
    with a hand made of stone? Up on the lintel
    there's soot from the Easter candles, year by year:
    tiny black crosses marked there by the dead
    returning from the Resurrection Service. This land is much loved
    with patience and dignity. Every night, out of the drywell,
    the statues emerge cautiously and climb the trees.

    Yiannis Ritsos
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  2. Donte'
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    17 August 2018

    So here we are.

    Too foreign for home.

    Too foreign for here.

    Never enough for both.

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  3. Donte'
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    20 August 2018

    Today I was at the hospital having an endoscopy procedure. It all went well. It’s not the first time I have one of these. Like with many things in life; the anticipation and preparation is worse than the actual event.

    While waiting for hours at the patients area to be called, I was looking around me at the other people waiting also to be called for various procedures. The room was packed. Faces from all backgrounds, ages, genders, socioeconomic status etc. A really good represebration of Australia’s population.

    I couldn’t help but examine each one and think about their looks, age, family history, health status etc. - What brought them in here? Who’s critical? Who’s ok? Who’s leaving? Who’s staying...Who’s coming back?

    There were people from almost every country in the world. This was also reflected on the staff working there. Here and there I’d see a white-Anglo Australian. But 9 out of 10 were people from other ethnicities. Various languages were heard as conversations were taking place and multitudes of accents. Names I’ve never heard of were called by the nursing staff and reception.

    I was pondering upon who is Australian and who isn’t. How do all these people around me identify? What do they call themselves? What do others call them? And does it actually make any difference on how they identify? Is it the way we see our own selves and how we feel about who we are that counts or what others see and think? Self implies other. Black implies white. Sickness implies health...

    If I had the chance I would honestly do a survey! I would hand out hard copies of surveys and ask people to complete while waiting endlessly to be called. I think this could have been a great opportunity. It would have provided me with some raw, hands-on data about identity, multiculturalism, Australian people and perceptions.

    Maybe next time. I’ll need to be doing these procedures regularly from now on anyway...

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  4. Donte'
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    16 September 2018
    I wish to live in a world without boundaries, countries... a world were anyone can travel anywhere...and call it home. It's so sad that some of us can't even travel anywhere other than their own country... I wish ...
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  5. Summer Rose
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    27 December 2018 in reply to james1

    Hi James

    You make a great point. My husband's family is Irish and they arrived in the mid-1800s from Ireland to start a farming business. My husband is the fifth-generation running the business. But there would be no business without the wsves

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  6. Summer Rose
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    27 December 2018 in reply to Summer Rose

    Grrr, hit post by mistake.

    What I wanted to say is there would be no business without the waves of immigrants that have arrived in Australia through the years. Italians, Greeks, Vietnamese, Indonesians, Cambodians, Albanians and the list goes on.

    Today three-quarters of our workforce originates from somewhere other than Australia -- including me. And it's a beautiful thing. A reflection of our diversity and strength as a nation.

    Kind thoughts to all

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  7. james1
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    27 December 2018 in reply to Summer Rose

    Hello Summer Rose,

    Australia is definitely incredibly enriched by all the waves of immigration we've had over the years. It is sad that people feel threatened by immigration and perhaps forget the huge contribution immigrants have made and continue to make, but I think/hope it is getting better.

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  8. Doolhof
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    27 December 2018 in reply to Summer Rose

    Hi Summer Rose,

    It has been some time since this thread has been active. Thanks for your comments. All we need to do is walk down the street of any town and see diversity. Our ancestors all had to come from somewhere if we are not Aboriginal or First Peoples from this region.

    I'm sure there are some people who are not even aware of their heritage. I know my Father in Law keeps changing the story as to the roots of his family, and that is only going back one generation from him.

    Cheers all from Dools

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  9. Lulu-
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    3 April 2021 in reply to Donte'

    Hi everyone,

    Just a view on my multiculturalism.

    l arrived in Sydney, Australia with my parents and younger brother in 1962 from Poland. He was 3 and l was 5.

    I have relatives in Poland, America, Canada and South Africa. Oh some in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and my brother lives in WA.

    l speak and understand the polish language, but cannot read or write polish. I am cool with that.

    I identify as an Australian, not in any way as polish.

    l do not have polish friends, l do not identify with the culture....(a) crazy catholic religious fanatics. An obsession with the Catholic Church....

    The drinking culture....vodka.

    Anyway having to attend every polish funeral as a small child and go to polish church every Sunday, absolutely turned me off this ritual.

    1/ that is it for today. Till next time

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  10. quirkywords
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    3 April 2021 in reply to Lulu-

    Hi Lulu

    welcome to the forum.

    it is interesting how we identify culturally.

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  11. blondguy
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    3 April 2021 in reply to Lulu-
    Hi Lulu

    Welcome to the forums and thankyou for being a part of our friendly community

    I'm half Scandanavian and no matter what our origins are its great to be a part of this wonderful country :-)

    My kind thoughts

    Paul
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  12. randomx
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    3 April 2021 in reply to blondguy

    l'm half French/ Irish but born here.

    Just from the record , Australia's immi rate is actually quite small compared, most countries take double what we do percentage wise, saw the numbers.

    rx

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