We are planning to move to Australia from South Africa. As second generation citizens of Chinese origin we consider ourselves almost completely Westernised. In South Africa we are a minority and having grown up here we enjoy a diverse set of friends (every religion, racial and cultural group you can think of!). Especially as we have grown up mostly in democratic South Africa.
I've heard that it may not be easy to develop similar circles of friends in Australia as cultural groups tend to stick to themselves. I've also heard that there is a general anti-Chinese sentiment amongst white Australians. How true is this?
In my personal opinion these are generalisations.
I am white Australian and lived most of my life in Sydney and have lived in Melbourne for 3 years now.
In my close group of friends I have a huge mix of different backgrounds - Norwegian, Chinese, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Taiwanese, Maltese, Japanese and many more.
I used to work as an ESL teacher at a school in Sydney which had students from 40 different language backgrounds- and the students all played together!
I think you will be happy with the diverse backgrounds as long as you are open to making friends- if you give yourself opportunities to make friends then you will see how friendly and open most Australians are.
All the best with your move to Australia! over 5 years ago
I travelled to Australia from November to December last year and based on my experience, people tend to be friendly and talkative too, which is funny. Talkative in a sense of being friendly and bubbly at the same time. Very welcoming and inviting culture. Heard of the drunken aussies? Don't worry, because most of them don't go mental, jn fact if you encounter a drunk person walking alone then just smile and he/she would greet you in their cutest way of saying GOOD DAY MATE!
I love Aus and I am working on my PR visa now. Can't wait to be part of its wonderful culture. over 5 years agoAnswered by Gabetrotter via WorldNomads.com
Hi Kirsten, I am PE born Chinese South AFrican living in Melbourne. We dont have any issues and if I can help you in any way, let me know. Lots of PE and Joburg Chinese south africans in Sydney as well and I can put you in touch.. contact me at info@ ukandeuropetravel.com (no spaces). tracey over 5 years agoAnswered by Tracey Emmerton via WorldNomads.com