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    I haven't seen it in 8 years of living in Melbourne. over 6 years ago

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    Well, I'm an Anglo-Australian who grew up in Melbourne, so I'll have a degree of bias, but...

    Melbourne is one of the most culturally diverse and accepting cities in the world. People of every colour and creed have been migrating to Melbourne since its foundation, and people of all backgrounds continue to settle here very happily and successfully.

    As a child of the 1980s, I grew up with many people of Chinese background in school and university, along with people from other Asian, Middle-Eastern and southern European backgrounds. Racism has never been a major issue.

    On the contrary, Chinese people are valued for their strong work-ethic, entrepreneurialism and cuisine.

    Whist every society has its ignorant, bigoted minority, Melbourne would be one of the least racist cities in the world, and Chinese people are welcomed and valued. over 6 years ago

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  • 0

    I'd suggest racism is less of a worry than violence (or the threat of it). Melbourne is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with a thriving Chinese community.

    The risk of violence or intimidation is very small and probably less than any other city of a similar size in say Europe or America.

    Its a very livable city (even though I don't live there) over 6 years ago

  • +1

    I reckon you should read this wikipedia file on our recent Lord Mayor of Melbourne, John So:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_So

    Also, this article from The Age, Melbourne's oldest and most respected newspaper:

    http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/12/05/1165080915428.html

    I would say that encountering racism in Melbourne would be nothing more than bad luck. Most Melburnians are lovely people but, like anywhere else in the world, there are idiots that live here too. over 6 years ago

  • 0

    Melbourne is by far the most culturally accepting city in Australia (I've lived in 5 of the capitals). That being said, there are always idiots (such as those that caused problems for Indian students here a few years ago, or those who caused problems for Lebanese in Sydney a few years before that), however, that kind of thing is few and far between. People in Melbourne are brought up surrounded by people of mixed descent, especially closer to the city. over 6 years ago

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    I think you get the idea Lucy. Melbourne is a vibrant multicultural city and Chinese people are most welcome. Actually many people would have difficulty telling a Melbourne person from a Chinese one as so many Melbournites are of Asian descent. Cheers, bushpossum over 6 years ago

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    Melburne is a very multicultural city. As I walk doen the street I see people of many races. particularly asian nationalities. Rednecks and ignorant people can be found occasionally but on the whole you should feel very welcome here.
    Cheers. over 6 years ago

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    Well if you live where I do in Melbourne you might think you were in China and we have no problems here. Australians can sometime be intolerant and a bit rude but I don't think they are racist. I am sure you will love Melbourne if you came and you would feel quite relaxed. Even my local Church has Mass in Mandarin and also Cantonese, so If I miss the English one then I go to one of those over 6 years ago

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    What racism? I am an ethnic Chinese lived in Melbourne for over 22 years. Slight prejudice maybe but I have not encountered downright blatant racism. Country Vic maybe but unlikely in Melbourne. over 6 years ago

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    @True Blue Aussie. How old are you? You're making yourself look like a real fool here. Get out more and see the world. Hate to burst your bubble, but you need to wake up... we live in a boundaryless world now. over 6 years ago

  • 0

    Well I can name places and people who serve at the places who are rascist to Indians (brown people or cockroaches) that's what I have been called by Australians, I do agree overall the city is very vibrant but I have had the luxury of staying in Canada (stayed in 2 provinces and visited 4) , United States of America (stayed in 3 states and visited 35) and now in Australia (Sydney and melbourne) , I have found the "idiots" as some people on this thread have deemed to call them are a lot more vocal than the "rascists" in the US/Canada... in terms of places where you can find rascists as current as 3/30/2012 is try Sapora at 380 St. Kilda road there is a white guy there who is the "manager" seems very un happy at his job and seems to remove his frustration out on ONLY brown people ... trust me when I say this I have seen him behave differently and talk rudely to Indians ... its sad but very true ... intend taking a video of him and posting it on you tube soon. almost 6 years ago

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  • 0

    The white people in Australia would all like to pretend that racism doesn't exist, but unfortunately that's not entirely the truth. Racism has always existed in Austrialia, and it has traditionally been focused on the latest wave of immigrants who have come to call Australia home.

    First there were the Italians, then the Greeks, the Vietnamese, Chinese and more recently the Sudanese. As an Australian of Chinese decent who have lived in Melbourne for more than 20 years, I can say that racism here against Asians have only started subsiding in the last three years, with the arrival of the Sudanese asylum seekers. almost 6 years ago

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    I am a Chinese from the Phils. But when visited Australia last time. They r actually more friendly that people in the US. You may try to visit the Phils. People are friendly here. And almost everything is in English. Very easy to move around. almost 6 years ago

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  • 0

    I've lived here for 6 years , can't pretend that racism does not exist in Melbourne. I am glad that the supermarkets now have self-check-out counters. At the least, I do not need to put up with racism at check-outs. over 5 years ago

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    There is no racism here. We accept people for who they are and expect the same degree of respect in return. Oh and we have had a china town in the city since I can remember. Also the Chinese were a very important part of our cultural history in ballarat and the gold fields in the 1800's. Melbourne is a great and diverse city with a warm hospitality. It's the Aussie sense of humour that you'll need to get used to. Enjoy your stay. over 5 years ago

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    As a guy who is in his 40's, and has seen the waves of immigration, there hasn't been any until the last 5 to 10 years. Earlier Chinese wanted to integrate but I think that the Chinese who have come here lately, have no intention of really integrating, so have a bit of an attitude. You find Australians rude, I myself, in younger years, had respect for Chinese (maybe earlier Chinese i met had better manners), but now it is lost, & most of the Chinese i find are rude. over 5 years ago

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    Well I'm Korean so I guess I don't really count. But last time I went to this post office where an Indian lady was serving me, her smile vanished as soon as it was my turn to be served whilst for everyone else (who was white) she smiled and said, "how may I help you today". etc. I was picking up a parcel for my sister and then she said, "Chinese, Japanese and all have similar last names so I can't trust you and give you this package". I know this is protocol, but the way she put it just made me feel sad. I mean, how is it different from me saying, "I can't trust Indians photo ID, because they all look the same". I know these are really minor, but coming from Auckland, NZ, with no friends around, I couldn't help but feel really sad.. I know this isn't really answering the question, but after being treated similarly at other small shops I really don't feel like I belong here at all... about 5 years ago

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    Recently I've been hearing a few people complaining about Chinese being cold i.e not standing up on tram for old people. This is just as common with white people, the truth is the people who say stuff like this are usually stupid and only have white friends. about 5 years ago

  • 0

    I have been living in Melbourne for 7 years and started off as an international student. From experience, I'm pretty sure every Asians here have encountered a little bit of racism here and there. Such as "F**k back to you country", "Asian b****" , Imitating Asian accent when speaking to you and have a giggle after that (Heard too much and just decided to ignore them after all). Apart from that, I would say that there are a major group of Australians that are the nicest person. They are interested in learning our culture and respecting it. They can be really helpful to strangers on the street , greets with the biggest smile that will made your day. There will always be racism in every single country, we Asians can be racist let alone other races. Just as long as it doesn't turn into violence like some recent news which was upsetting as it make the country look really really bad. about 5 years ago

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    Regardless of what all the above people are ranting about, Melbourne is a beautiful city that is rich in cultural and multicultural experiences. You'll love it and won't have any problems. Everybody EQUALLY are extremely accepting. Everyone is the same on the inside xo. almost 5 years ago

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    yeah r.i.p. biggie and tupac almost 5 years ago

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  • 0

    There's nothing australian about melbourne. It's so full of other cultures its lost its identity which is inevitable. As for racist all races are not just one group over 4 years ago

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    Can the actual; asian/black/indian population weigh in please?! All these comments from anglo-australians stating that Australia isn't a racist country. Australia is a racist country. Comfortably racist - meaning, they don't see why they should apologise for their bigoted views. I was born in Australia to Indian parents. I speak with an Aussie accent having lived here 30 years and there isn't a week that goes by were I'm not reminded that I'm not white. I wouldn't even think of moving to Melbourne. over 4 years ago

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    Hi Asha,
    which part of Australia do you live in? Australia is thankfully very multi-cultural but yes, has a LONG way to go to be free from racism. I'm a Pom from the UK but my wife is Japanese, been here for 20 years and like you still gets racist comments every week, but that's in Sydney. Half the time I think it's thoughtlessness rather than racism ~ changing attitudes takes time. over 4 years ago

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    I am an Anglo-Celtic Australian and I live in Sydney but I have stayed in Melbourne for a few months and have seen what it's like, yes there is lots of racism but it's the same in nearly every other Australian city, even here in Sydney over 4 years ago

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    Yes white Australians hate everyone over 4 years ago

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  • 0

    I've never seen racism in Australia expressed so openly as it is in China, for example calling black people chocolate simply wouldn't happen there but in China they say it without even thinking. over 2 years ago

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  • 0

    Racism is a problem in Melbourne. Just ask the number of people who have been beeped at and/or shown the bird for walking on the footpath, minding their own business. about 2 years ago

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  • 0

    I am Anglo, and have a degree in Asian Studies and speak Mandarin. I appreciate that a lot of Melbournians take pride in this city being very multicultural, but to be honest, if you are a white person, how would you know whether racism towards Asians is bad or not? I think that a bunch of white people answering this question is a little absurd. You can only know if Racism towards Asians is still rampant if you are Asian. Because it is only if you are Asian that you experience the level of ingrained racism that there is. Sure, most Australians try to be culturally aware, and do their best not to be racist. But most Australians are racist or discriminatory in ways they don't even know. My Chinese and Indian friends still experience a great deal of discrimination, rejection for jobs, rejection from being cast in shows or theatre, being spoken to slowly - as though they are stupid/can't understand English, being taken advantage of in the property market because they don't know their rights or where to go for help, and having to pay exorbitant fees to study here. Not to mention the air of patriarchal and cultural superiority a lot of Australians have. It's taught in our history. It's ingrained in our schooling and studies, our approach to foreign affairs, etc. etc. I too, would like Melbourne to be a place of equality for people from all nationalities, but unfortunately I believe we still have a lot of work to do on that front. over 1 year ago

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    @ T.K - Aboriginal people lived extremely rich and wonderful lives on this land for over 70,000 years. Sure, The British came along and started building westernized cities, but Aboriginal people sure didn't need any of that. They survived and thrived for an extremely long time on this land, and what's more they did it sustainably, without ever degrading the natural resources. If the British never came, Australia would still be as pristine and beautiful as it was then. Don't be so ignorant - do you really think that your idea of 'civilization' is the only way people live? I think you may need to read a little more widely. You know, other than the Herald Sun. over 1 year ago

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    I am an asian american (chinese) girl visiting Melbourne and i am quite surprised at how i have been shot some dirty looks (which i have never encountered in many countries i have travelled to) how my niceties have been all ignored (roughly 7 encounters from the airport to the hotel). That's what led me to this forum as I am still quite shocked by my encounters. Is this a thing that happens to the Chinese but we just don't hear of them? Us Chinese is known for our avoidance of confrontations in the first place, so I am not that surprised, i guess. over 1 year ago

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  • 0

    Wow.

    I'm an Anglo Australian with a Chinese wife and two children. My family has never experienced any racism at all in Australia.

    However while living in East Asia (South Korea, China and Japan) I received virulent racism on a daily basis. South Korea was easily the worst with ingrained, entrenched institutionalized and social racism being constantly promoted by the government, media and education system. I was not served in shops for being white, denied entry to 'KOREAN ONLY' clubs and bars, I was spat at and assaulted by strangers on a daily basis and any Korean girl accompanying me was called a 'whore' for letting a 'white monkey' near her.

    East Asians have a real hide calling Aussies racist. I've lived in your societies and East Asians are the most intolerant, racist people on earth. about 1 year ago

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  • 0

    To the Chinese American woman, I think you got that reaction because you're American not because your Chinese. Aussies are modest and very sheep-like and don't like big personalities like Americans.

    Aussies will generally judge on a personal basis so it doesn't matter if your American or not, if you are louder or act like your better than them in any way they will not like you and Americans are put in that category by default. It's a bit of a hypocrisy because Australian's love American movies, food, music, cars so go figure?

    If you talk too candidly and don't use common courtesies like please or thank you may be frowned upon, nothing wrong with manners but they tend to have soft skin and Aussies cannot deal with anything out of the 'status quo'. Even wearing a shirt that’s too bright might start some controversy. If you too much of anything you may be frowned upon.

    I was born in Australia and have immigrant background and I myself have a big personality and am always challenging the 'status quo' which Aussies don't like. In some cases you feel like a criminal for having too much of a personality, you have to fit in to their ''modesty matrix'' to be accepted.

    I think a big part of this is because of Australia's history of convicts where if you are not suffering like them and ''act too free'' they will not like you.

    Consequently I have been an outcast from mainstream Australia ever since I can remember and my social circle consists of other immigrant background Aussies or Aussies that can step out of the ''modesty matrix''. about 1 year ago

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    As for the racism, I am not white and spent a lot of my growing up in a country town with about 3,000 residents and I can easily say it's racist. A lot of it is not open racism but you would be wondering why people are giving you frowns or why people are giving you the cold shoulder for no reason. I myself have been stopped from being promoted from a football team when I was a kid but why? I was easily there top goal scorer and would say that’s the reason for them winning their first ever trophy. I did not understand when I was a kid but now that I'm an adult I see things in more perspective. They never won another trophy when I left.

    That's the country side and I think it would be similar in any other country. Immigrants or immigrant background Aussies that live in big cities have not lived with the same tyranny that I have, in fact in some places it's the opposite were you would be frowned upon for being white in some suburbs. There is some bad spots just like anywhere else so just ask the locals.

    As for Melbourne, if you like hipsters, bad weather (Northern Europeans will feel at home) good public transport (for Australian standards) and to watch a unique sport that no one else cares about (AFL) go there.If you want even $h1ter weather than Melbourne go to Tasmania, the land of the untouched. If you count peoples fingers they might have more than 10.
    If you l like bumper to bumper traffic, fast paced lifestyle, the crazy dirtier but funner sister of Melbourne, Sydney is for you.
    Just 1 hour north of Sydney is Newcastle, one of the best places in Australia in my opinion I lived there for a year. Is big enough to never be bored and not too big to feel like a crazy metropolis like Sydney and Melbourne. People are friendly and easy to talk to not like a big city, girls are better looking as well, weather is better, and night life is good if you want to night club or eat, logistics is better because it's smaller than the big cities, beaches are not over crowded. Population is 600,000 in the full area.
    1 hour south of Sydney is Wollongong, sister city of Newcastle with cooler weather, is smaller but feels bigger because it's trying to be like Sydney, if about 1 year ago

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    Brisbane is opposite than Melbourne for weather, it's hot, it's like 20 degrees Celsius in winter and they complain if it gets any colder than that. More laid back than the 2 other big cities and slower but that's probably more to do with them being Queenslanders than anything else. about 1 year ago

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    Australia is pretty safe and I think one of the main safety concerns is when people drink, with Australia having one of the world's highest consumption of alcohol per capita it causes a lot of problems in Australian culture. It's probably also one if the highest consumption of sport per capita as well but similar to Americans, Aussies are obsessed with sports that no one else in the world gives a $h1t about like AFL, cricket, NRL, Rugby. If you don’t know some of those sports then that just proves my point (NRL is alright though). about 1 year ago

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    A safety concern that tourists believe is that the animals are dangerous and I guess they are. My friend lived in Cairns up north and he said 2 German tourists got eaten by a crocodile when one tried to take a picture. Shark attacks are common place for surfers as well and you know the youtube clips where people are attacked by kangaroo's, they are all tourists because any Aussie would know that when a kangaroo tries to put his little arms around you it's not for a friendly huge, it's because they are trying to grab you and kick the $h1t out of you. Koala's and wombats can be aggressive as well but there generally ok. There was a rape case against a wombat once, don't believe me google it! Koala's are in trees so no need to worry about them, there stupid lazy animals anyway.

    Magpies in breeding season will attack you. Plovers (another bird) will attack you all seasons but you won't have to worry cause they both are smaller than you. Emus will look at you but will not engage unless provoked. Up in Queensland they have Cassowary's, the size of Emu's but will attack you and kick you and it can be fatal, do not go near one or even look at it, they run faster than you so go for cover.

    There are a lot of other animals like snakes, spiders, blue ringed octopus, box jelly fish but there's just too many and they don't have enough of a kill streak for me to go in depth so just do your research into the area of Australia you're going to.

    But for the love of God do not go out on your own at night in the bush because you might get attacked by a Drop Bear and you do not want to be attacked by a Drop Bear. I know tourists think it's a hoax because there's not much supporting evidence but that’s because Drop Bears do not leave anything to spare like a shark would. You know stories of lost and missing tourists? Drop Bears! Or Ivan Milat. Don’t know who he is, well Wolf Creek was based on his legacy. about 1 year ago

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  • 0

    Obviously the native animals have more of a personality than the human populace.

    If you are a person that is modest and not too much of an extrovert with a boring personality you will fit right in.

    Advice for American's and Canadian's; If you want to be treated better call yourself a Canadian and people will do a whole 180 and treat you very friendly (I am guilty of doing this in the past), especially Aussies. Aussies love Canadian's because they act very similar and if your Canadian getting the cold shoulder it's probably because people think you're American.

    One word for Australia ''modesty".

    This English expat explains it well:
    https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-43364.html about 1 year ago

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    I am a Japanese migrant who has lived in Sydney nearly 20 years. I would say that all societies have idiots. Most Australians I met were nice and open, but I occasionally encounter crazy people who are trying to give sh** to the weaker since their lives are (supposedly) miserable. Unfortunately customer service people in Australia could be called racist - like someone said above, I often get this: a guy at the counter is very smily and chatty with a white Australian before me, but when it's my turn, his/her smile vanishes straightaway and doesn't respond my greeting. Someone above also said that Japan is a racist country - but I never seen this in Japan (they don't change attitudes towards overseas customs). 11 months ago

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