The recent rise in Asian hate crimes is alarming. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many Asian communities are facing a lot more racist attacks and discrimination, fearing for their safety.
Asian-American health workers have
been spat on and accused of spreading the ‘Chinese virus’ in the US. Six Asian women were killed in the Atlanta spa shootings this year. In New York, an elderly Asian woman was kicked on the streets as bystanders watched on.
Such harassment has also been felt here in Australia. 8 out of 10 Asian Australians
reported facing discrimination during the pandemic. Chinese Australians experienced verbal and physical assaults going about their day.
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If you’ve been to Australia, you might notice the colours green and gold stand out quite a bit around the country.
That’s because green and gold are regarded as the national colours of Australia. Both colours arguably symbolise what it means to be uniquely Australia and Australian on different levels.
Green and gold, the colours of Australia.
There are a few reasons behind how green and gold came to be the colours of this country, and these reasons are tied with history and events of today.
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Asian-Australians experience a lot of racism. It’s not uncommon for Asian-Australians to experience racism and discrimination most days. Or even every day.
As an Australian of Chinese heritage living in Melbourne, racism is something that I’ve experienced all my life. I don’t expect racism to stop anytime soon.
a study by the Australian National University, 82% of Asian-Australians surveyed reported they experienced discrimination in Australia. A survey of 6,001 Australians found over 30% experienced racism on public transport or at work.
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When it comes to saying hello, Australians have a few typical greeting phrases and choice slang words.
Usually greeting someone in Australia is a casual, informal affair regardless of whether or not we know that person, whether we are close to them or not.
When I moved back to Australia about a decade ago, the typical Aussie ‘hellos’ confused me. When someone greeted me in Australian-speak, it always took a moment for me to realise that they were actually saying hi to me.
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Race and ethnicity are terms used to group and categorise people.
While these two terms are often used interchangeably and have similar overlapping ideals, they have distinct meanings.
At some point in our lives, we might get asked, ‘Where are you from?’. Or ‘What is your ethnic background? What is your race?’
That’s when we might realise each word can be hard to define and understand.
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Staying up and going to sleep late at night is something many of us are familiar with.
That is if we are night owls and like sleeping late, and late nights are when we feel the most productive.
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