australian culture and customs

find out how australians do things, how we see the world and the world sees us

Straya (our way of saying Australia)

This is a nice lighthearted video with the usual Australian self-mockery – we love a bit of that. How many of the people and places can you identify? Kudos to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Australia – arms around you

The ABC, or ‘Aunty’ as we like to call her, is Australia’s independent government-funded broadcaster. This beautiful promotional video shows some of the best sides of Us, this multicultural country.  … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iranian refugee firefighter giving back to a sunburnt country

With both political parties insisting on calling asylum seekers who arrive on boats here without visas, ‘illegals’ in spite of international law, it is great to see the news reporting … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013

Did you know that many Australians LOVE Indian films?  Check out the Indian Film Festival Melbourne which includes Bollywood and arthouse Indian film as well as a short film competition … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

positive new survey of Indian students in Australia

“75 per cent of Indians believe Australia is a stand-out destination for education…” Report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Daniel Filton about positive changes in Indian students’ attitudes to studying in … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prime Minister, we need to talk about race

REBLOG from The Hoopla The Hoopla’s political reporter, Chinese Australian GABRIELLE CHAN, writes a very personal piece about race and politics in Australia, and issues a warning to then Australian … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Success story of a refugee

The inspiring story of John Gulzari, a Hazarra from Afghanistan, who talks about his life in Afghanistan, his beliefs, interests and struggles and how made a home for his family … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Less stress in Australia than China

A Chinese woman talks about how she finds life less stressful in Australia

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jakarta Post on Australian multiculturalism

Your letters: Multiculturalism in Asia | The Jakarta Post. Unless Australia is included as an Asian country, there is no legally or government supported multiculturalism in Asia…

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Joyful Strains

Joyful Strains Making Australia Home by Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer (Eds.) I haven’t read this yet, but have heard an interview with an editor and it sounds like a … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment