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Originally posted by lebeast at 2009-4-4 20:16
Australia as it is right now, is a culture of migration and in its present incarnation, it differs in this respect to China. ...
Well written, Lebeast.
When I was at a state primary school, in a dairy farming and fruit-growing area, my classmates came pretty much only from Anglo-Australian and Dutch backgrounds. There were also a few Yugoslavian families in the area whose kids went to a different (Catholic) school.
Of five adjoining farms to ours , three were Anglo-Australian, one Dutch* and one Yugoslav*.
(* The parents were born overseas, but most of the kids were Australian born. The parents migrated in the late 1950s or early 60s)
As far as I am aware there was no "ethnic" tension at all. What "prejudice" we kids had was based on which school you went to!
So Protestant and Catholic kids who went to the state school, would yell abuse at the kids who went to the catholic school, or the state Tech College in another town, and vice versa.
At high school the mix expanded to include those of Italian and Greek backgrounds as well as people from Eastern Europe.
My close circle of friends included a Polish born kid, one of some Italian heritage, another of Pacific Islander or Indigenous background, and plenty of anglo and some freckly Irish.
A later school friends included more Greek and Italian kids as per the school's mix.
My parent's friends pretty much reflected the mix of the local population.
When my mum ran a small business in a nearby town, her business partner was an Australian born woman married to a Dutch immigrant, one of their daughters was a primary school friend of mine.
My mum and her business partner were friends with the proprietors of a Chinese restaurant. The family who owned it were third or fourth generation Australians both mother and father of Chinese background. They had Australian accents as broad as anyone else's and spoke no Chinese. The sandwich shop next to my mum's clothing shop was owned by two young women, one anglo-Australian the other chinese-Australian.
Nobody pretends that there has been no racism in Australia, but in plenty of places here, daily life goes on with people from all over the world getting along, as Australians, without a second thought about skin tone or ethnic background.