Australia becoming more Asian — census


That’s exactly what the headline says on Inquirer.net. So, what’s the buzz surrounding this issue? My first thought was that they are afraid, they are very, very afraid. Why? Well, another race is overtaking true-blue Australians.

Forgive my ranting but I’m speaking from experience as a random victim of a “sporadic” racism in beautiful Australia back in 2004. While some might consider the cases that I’ve been through as mere coincidence or as nothing serious, it made me think twice whenever I walk the streets of the very quaint and peaceful Newcastle, Australia.

First case. It happened during my first quarter as a student in this developed country. I checked the mail as I usually do and one flyer caught my eye. It was from a certain political group. The flyer was full of Asian bashing arguements like Asians are taking over our jobs, Asians cannot assimilate in Australian culture among others.

The flyer was distributed at every house in our suburb. The following night, stones were raining on our house that we had to call the police for assistance. We saw some youth running away apparently from where the stones are coming from and identified the house where they sought refuge.

We saw the perpetrators but no arrests were made as the parents of the teenagers claimed that they were fast asleep inside the house during the supposed time of attack. We believe we were targetted as we were the most vulnerable Asian in the neighborhood–our house is in a street corner.

I wrote a number of authorities and attached the flyer that I saw and reported our experience. Among those I wrote was Prime Minister John Howard, the secretary of foreign affairs, University officials including Australian Embassy staff in the Philippines. No action was taken as they deemed it as a simple case of random mischief.

Second case. Simple to others but it was a big deal to me as I was shaken a bit–a group of youth on a car followed me and shouted “go home asian!!” which I did, I went home (to our house, which was nearby anyway).🙂

This experience had shaken me and I just tried to shurg it off after my first experience in the first case. I was warned that I’ll be treated like that someday anyway.

Amazing how some people can be intolerant of others and they ask why there’s murder, rape and terrorism. Or I’m just being too sensitive??? I might be. enough said.

12 thoughts on “Australia becoming more Asian — census

  1. sabi ng friend ko na australian citizen na ngayon, malakas nga raw discrimination dun.pero nung nagpunta ko dun, buti wala akong na-experience.

    iyang mga puting nagdi-discriminate, eh san ba sila nagbabakasyon? sa asya di ba? mga hinayupak iyang mga iyan.feeling superior, mga bobo naman.

    hehe. sorry. laking UP ito. medyo tibak tibak ang lolo.

  2. well, yung mga nag-didiscriminate, ‘di pa nakakatuntong ng abroad–wala talaga pinag-aralan. Ang nakakainis mga ilang pulitiko nila ang nangunguna at bukas na lihim na may “puting” kalakaran doon.

    Maganda sana tumira kaya lang talagang nakakainis at nakakatakot na may posibilidad na maging biktima ka ng karahasan dahil isa ka sa mga banyaga kasi eh. Gayunpaman, para din sa mga anak ko ang pagpunta ko doon, libre ang pag-aaral at maganda ang kinabukasan ng pamilya namin pagkatapos ng pag-aaral ko dun. haaaay…. pangarap na tunay ko pagpupursigihan.

    LB nga pala ako!🙂 so musta na ba ang Laotian mo kaibigan…. eheheh!

  3. Hmm. That’s sad. Australia’s pretty young when it comes to immigration, right? (Di ko lam, hula lang hahaha). Kasi kung oo, I suppose di pa sila ready mag-adjust.

    Sa lessons ko sa Canadian History (ubod ng boring, dios ko.), ganyan ang naranasan ng mga Intsik at Punjabi noong una nilang dating sa Canada. Meron kasing reflex ang mga puti na akala nila sila ang mga superior na nilalang sa mundo.

    Utot nila. Hahaha😄.

    I suppose, give it time. Pero, at the same time, make them realize na wala namang mali sa mga Asians eh. Tao din naman sila eh.

    (And the whole “asians are taking over our jobs” is like a de ja vu. Nakakatakot, kasi ganyan din ang naranasan ng mga unang Intsik dito. o_o)

    Ano ba kasi talagang problema ng mga puti sa atin? Hay ewan, hahaha.

  4. Pana panahon ng pagkakataon.

    Naaalala ko kung paano naman ang mga australian ay nagiging biktima ng holdapan at kidnapping sa ibat ibang bahagi ng Asia.

    Ito na yata ang kultura ng mundo!

  5. Eina: Tingin ko talaga insecure lang sila na mas maliit (in height) ang mas magaling sa kanila.. ehehe! gaya nga ng sabi mo utot nila! LOL! tama ka medyo bata pa nga ang Australia in terms of migration. Recently nga lang nila ni-recognize na citizen yung aboriginals nila (dati part ng flora and fauna nila).

    Anyway, regarding addressing discrimination, there’s also the pressure to represent your country in a positive way, and yes as a whole you also represent other Asians (but they don’t realize that anyway).

    isagani x, m.a.: ano kaya yun?! karma???!🙂 well, sad to say, i hate that the world is full of hate! (kaya pala eh…)🙂

  6. Asus! Dayo din naman sila doon kung tutuusin.

  7. Haaaay! Yan na nga ang punto ko din but I think they (well the few people feeling superior) will never realize that. /:)

  8. There’s nothing like home. Though imperfect, it is still home…

  9. Indeed there’s none.🙂 I do pray hard that our leaders make good with their promises and bring the country to a better position not only in the Region but in the global arena–whether economy, politics among others.

  10. ay, mukhang may resentment ka towards Australia ah…Yung may mga ganyang ugali na mga Aussies usually yung kulang sa edukasyon. Hayaan mo na sila, mga insecure lang ang mga yan.

  11. 🙂 let’s just say, I’m just ambivalent towards the country. It’s just the few uneducated ones (including the “invisible” white policy that exist) that pisses me off big time. But I do have, in fact many, good Aussie friends both in and outside Australia (and they know my rant about this but they assured me that it is just isolated ironically I got first hand experience of what the isolated case would feel like).

    enough said… it is still one in my list of best countries to live in. God willing, the world can see that people can live together in peace Down Under. Cheers!🙂

  12. Hay naku kay ako i’ll migrate to New Zealand na lang. konti masyado ang discrimination kasi gubat pa hehehehe

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