Thus, the final instalment of Being Australian.
This one was my personal favourite question, “Are We A Clone Of America?”
Hollywood probably has the biggest influence on the Western world, so it’s not surprising that Australia would try to be as like as such a strong country as possible. Hollywood shows and movies have proven popular and successful, so Australia would naturally try to import and mimic as many and much of America as possible.
But that’s just likeness; are we a clone of America?
The simple answer is: yes, and no.
(Yes, I know, that doesn’t sound like a simple answer at all. In fact it sounds like an invitation to a long discussion. Well. It is.)
Being a clone would imply that all of Australia is more or less a mini America (albeit a less capable one), and the truth is, we’re not. Sure, there are similarities. We both came to a new country and totally drove out the natives already living there, then trying to convert them to our own religion (not “we” personally, but you know), but they didn’t steal huge numbers of the native children from their homes over a period of 30 years.
And honestly, and ironically, we don’t have the cultural diversity America has, they’ve got the Hispanics and some African-Americans, and we don’t have many of those. I say ironically, because Australia prides herself in being such a multicultural country. To that, I reply, chill out! They may have more than we do, but we’re definitely more tolerant and overall nicer than America.
So, are we a clone of America? Maybe. We’ve absorbed the popular parts of their society and culture, but as to the parts where they ‘stink’ we’ve definitely bettered them.
De Fluffe. Out.