Going on from where I left off last time, I want to answer the second question, “What Does It Mean To Be Australian?”
It may not seem it, but answering that question would not be easy for me. When the class was discussing over the questions Ms E- gave us, April, Sonam and I concentrated on that one question.
Because being Australian doesn’t just include going to the footy, or going to the beach or having a barbeque every other week; there are many different cultures and nationalities in Australia, in fact there are 4,956,863 permanent Australian residents (that is 24%) in 2006 who were born overseas. With nearly a quarter of the population from a different nationality, with their own culture and beliefs – and no interest in Aussie Rules, it is unfeasible to believe that “going to the footy” would suffice as a broad explanation of “what it means to be Australian”.
Perhaps being Australian is to be multicultural. Australia strongly celebrates her embrace for multiculturalism, at least, that’s what she likes to think. There’s without a doubt some degree of racism in Australia, similar to the fact that Australia does not have as prestigious a history as she believes, nor would she be a strong contender in world economy – having not even ranked in the top 10 – which draws me to the conclusion that perhaps Australia has an ideal image of what she is, and while she strives to achieve this, she would always fall short. To be Australian would be to strive for the ideal entity, yet never achieving it. A bit like the Aussie battler, I guess.
De Fluffe. Out.