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post #21 of 23
i am not defending the dread comment. but as an australian i do just have to say that i think we tend to say things how they are, quite bluntly. i have heard of many instances of americans misinterpreting things because of this.
i don't live in australia now but whenever we visit we never get comments/looks as an interacial family.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ms Apricot View Post
I agree that the comment itself was distasteful - but I've lived in Australia for a few years, and I am sure your Australian friend has met up with some pretty frank views on race. I was initially astonished at the way race/culture was injected into chit-chat at social gatherings and some of the views that were openly expressed - they just wouldn't be stated in the circles I socialized in Canada. It occurs in North America and Europe too - but Australia is not immune, and I'd be really surprised if your friend finds it's worse elsewhere.
Just wanted to say I agree with this after living in OZ for 4 years and now Canada.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by okura View Post
i am not defending the dread comment. but as an australian i do just have to say that i think we tend to say things how they are, quite bluntly. i have heard of many instances of americans misinterpreting things because of this.
i don't live in australia now but whenever we visit we never get comments/looks as an interacial family.
I don't think it's being misinterpreted. I honestly think some Australians have a hard time recognising what is really going on. It's as if true racism only happens somewhere else. The widespread myth in Australia(imo) seems to be that because it's 'true" (gah) and Aussies are 'blunt' that somehow it's well-meant and no one's offended. Talk to some of the people who bear the brunt of those racial terms. Some of them really don't like it.

I agree there is lots of interracial marriage though, same as in Canada and the US.
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