Born in the “West” … heart in the “East”. The East-West cultural dichotomy lurks constantly in the Koneko mind.
Australia is categorised as a modern (young) western culture. It is where Koneko was born and resides. In general, Australians are quite patriotic. Not in a flag waving, “rah-rah-rah” kind of way but more in what could be described as a “defensive”, protect our way of life mode.
Bumper stickers grate on me. I notice them regularly. They are usually accompanied by a map of Australia or the Australian flag.
- Fuck Off We’re Full
- If you don’t love it … LEAVE
- Australia … Love it or leave it
The above 3 examples pretty much summarise the sentiment.
Australia … AREA 7.692 million km² POPULATION 24.3 million [ 3 persons per km² ]
Denmark … AREA 16.6 thousand km² POPULATION 5.7 million [ 343 persons per km² ] Hmmmmm
OK so we aren’t full … but the next argument is less easily refuted. “Love it” … “IT” What the fuck is “IT“? What are we being asked to love in order to be “Australian”??? I’ll never know. But I do know we have a percentage of our population that doesn’t tolerate “un-Australian” (again undefined).
Rather than draw on a wide range of sources to support my argument, I’ll just be lazy and go straight to the top shelf, to the High Priestess of Xenophobia, Pauline-Please-Explain-Hanson.
In her maiden (now called “First”) parliamentary speech, (she has since had a second first speech) we can find the following illuminating gems:
- I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians
- They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate
In 1996 the number of people born in Asia and living in Australia was 4.78%. In 2011 (last official records at the time of writing) it was 8.08% So does this make Pauline right? Are we being “swamped”? No! Please Explain? I will.
60% of the worlds population is Asian. If Australia has an open immigration policy then statistically 6 out of every 10 migrants will be … drum roll … phone a friend Pauline? … would you like to use your 50/50 Pauline? … ASIAN. In almost 20 years Australia’s Asian population has grown by less than 4%
Ahhhh but they cluster and form ghettos (I think she means this is baaaaaaaaad for all her sheep who may read this). Hurstville in Sydney, Sunnybank in Brisbane, North Richmond in Melbourne are all densely populated with Asian residents. So is it an Asian phenomenon this “cultural clustering”? A dirty blight on ‘stralia? A very baaaaaaaaad thing?
In Indonesia, AUSTRALIAN migrants tend to cluster and live together in common suburbs. Bali is a classic example. But back in good old Perth, WA, we can draw on the best example to counter our Aussie mate Pauline’s opinion. This comes from a professional demographer, Bernard Salt, who extracted the following from the 2006 census:
“One of the tightest ethnic concentrations in Australia is a collection of comfortable beach-side suburbs on Perth’s north-side. In postcode 6028, Burns Beach, 26% of the local population was born outside Australia – in BRITAIN. That’s right Bolshie Burns Beach is as full of British migrants as the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta is of Vietnamese.
So wherever you are, and WHEREVER YOU ARE FROM, on the 26th of January … just have a great day … even you Pauline 🙂