I’ve been a self-proclaimed Sydney-sider for almost nine years now. Having had a culturally diverse upbringing in four different countries, prior to making Sydney home, I can say with confidence that my new home is one of the most diverse. The very suburb I live in ranks 11th in the recent SBS interactive “how diverse is my suburb”, representing 125 different ancestries. Chinese makes up the largest chunk followed by Australian, Macedonian, Greek, Lebanese, Nepalese and Indian.
Has anyone ever really stopped to consider the success of ethnic businesses in the country we live in? Until I decided to write this article, I never really thought of the magnitude. Although it is a part of my job to chase down successful ethnic businesses, one takes the diversity of our business landscape for granted till one thinks about the big picture.
A staggering 30% of our population was born overseas. So many migrants have come to our land for reasons such as fleeing war, chasing family, sheer curiosity, sanctuary from overbearing governments in their home lands, or stories of the Lucky Country that will open doors to newer opportunities for them to build a secure future.
“Thank God for my mum” these words echo in my head while I’m watching her make my bed… With a newborn in my arms and less than six hour sleep, I am finishing my lunch. A chicken soup loaded with vegetables accompanied with beetroot and kale juice with compliments of Mrs Juric “my mum”.
She has been by my side ever since I have come home from hospital, cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry and grocery shopping. I know how lucky I am to have her by my side and appreciate every single thing she does.
Much like any country has their iconic festivals — La Tomatina Festival in Spain, Oktoberfest in Germany or even The Carnival in Rio, India has Holi — the closest we Indians come to having a raucous public party. As this colourful and exuberant festival nears in 2013, we’ve compiled a list of top five interesting facts to get you up to speed:
From Sydney to San Francisco, Singapore to Saigon; all around the world you will find blossoming cities and suburbs influenced by Chinese culture.
What once was simply an orchestral piece inspired by the unique and often subtle notes of the Chinese people, is fast becoming a concerto, composed specifically for this solo instrument.
By Daniel Assaf
‘Australia – the land of opportunity’. This is how most migrants envisage their new homeland to be while making the long journey to this mysterious and faraway place. When they finally arrive; wide-eyed, anxious and fueled by a burning desire to make good on the dream of a ‘better-life’ they had longed for; they quickly get to work making it happen.
Australia’s business landscape is a colourful mosaic of cultures; 30% of small business owners are born overseas.
When you take into account the second and third generations, just over 62% of all SMEs are owned and operated by Australians that identify themselves as having non-Australian ancestry. These businesses are fuelling the domestic economy and research suggests that they have a survival rate 6.5 times higher than their mainstream counterparts.
Australia as a country has come a long way since Federation in 1901. With some 6 million Australians born overseas, Australia Day has come to mean a lot more than just another public holiday.
Multiculturalism affects all Australians and brings about understanding, acceptance and tolerance no matter your country of origin. Being a recent citizen of the country, does not mean you are any less Australian than your Anglo-Australian counterparts either!
By Hansen Ding
In recent years, Multiculturalism has been maligned by opponents to the point that even political supporters often avoid the issue due to it’s controversy. Politicians skirt around it so much one would think it was a shameful word. The modern debates which revolve often around issues of asylum seekers, boat people and integration of Muslim communities have threatened to derail one of the fundamental arguments in support of multiculturalism: the economics.
Australia has an aging population. This leads to decreased GDP per capita, decreased tax revenues, increased strains on pension welfare, decreased labour market supply, which all leads to making us less competitive in the global marketplace. It’s simple maths: over 50% of migrants are aged 15-34, compared to just 28% of
Australians; 2% of migrants are over 65, compared to 13% of Australians.