And of course Covid has not helped — especially when that goon Trump set the example with his Chyyyynnnnaaaaahhhgh Virus rhetoric.
And there is an ongoing problem — not unrelated no doubt to the racist past of this country when it comes to the “Yellow Peril” or the “Yellow Agony”. That is so well-known, despite honourable exceptions. It is something we all must acknowledge. One of my Facebook friends Ouyang Yu (born in China) has thoroughly documented its literary aspects.
And of course when combined with developments in Chinese politics and certain influential opinion-makers here in Australia, we find Sinophobia alive and well in academia and elsewhere. See just for example Peak Sinophobia in Australia? (2021) and CoronaVirus reveals our sinophobic underbelly (2020). I am sure you will easily find many more items!
And I am a fan of this development. Many, sadly, are not…
Among my current 206 Facebook friends I have 22 who are Chinese by birth, live in China, or are of Chinese background. Lately a couple of them have reported serious instances of racism they have personally experienced — undeniable instances, not cases of being precious or paranoid. One of them, “Freda”, is an artist in her 30s now living in Sydney, but whose acquaintance I made when she was living in Wollongong — through an old friend Matthew da Silva. We even had lunch together at City Diggers. The other, “Marco”, is rather older and he has been a close friend for over thirty years. Their testimonies are utterly reliable. Both were and are disappointed and angry about these experiences. None of these statements was made as a private message, but I will remove them if either author requests. But I hope they don’t because what they say should be known! Hence also my use of pseudonyms, but aside from a minor bit of proof-reading the statements are just as written.
1. There are a couple of my classmates at National Art School did not like and welcome me when I just enrolled the class. A girl kept kicking her shoes towards me in every ceramics class. I forgave her. Now I think I should have wrote to the student services. But will the student services do anything? Probably not.
2. The police arrived nearly 20 minutes after I reported it to the nearest police station, and they could not do anything. In order to keep this guy around before the arrival of the police, I had to stand up for myself and worked very hard to getting him around meanwhile not breaching the law …During the questioning time, this guy continued making provocative body gestures towards me and he obviously did not understand his bad behaviour at all. My bf asked him to apologise. Not only he refused but instead he pointed his fingers to my face calling me ‘a crazy woman with mental problems’. I guarantee he is going to do the same things again because there are many many people in Sydney, and overall in Australia who are racists but they are not aware. They are too proud [of being] Australia-born Australian. I migrated here for its democracy and better human rights which I believe China was lacking of. Regardless of how corrupted and how bad of the reputation of the CCP is, the Chinese people in China would never say to an Australian in a public restaurant: ‘you go back to your country.’ Chinese people are famous for their friendly and welcoming attitudes to foreigners.
I will rethink about my residency in this country and will probably seek for a life in a new land or my motherland as soon as the border restrictions become more relaxed. And, I support all other people particular the overseas-born Asian-Australians who had similar experience as mine to return to their own countries – to make their motherlands better places so that people here who ask others to ‘go back to their own countries’ can continue to celebrate, and have parties for their Aussie Pride: I AM BORN HERE, YOU, NON-AUSTRALIAN BORN PEOPLE, GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY.
I am sure and would give my best wishes to Australia and Australia-born wonderful people that, have a wonderful time, mate. I, as a grass-root vulnerable individual, don’t have too much time left marking around here continuously being discriminated and bullied now and then, and suffering and feeling unhappy.
Good luck. I will cancel my parents’ migration (please give their hard-working blood money back, The Australian Immigration Department), and cancel their flight tickets. I cannot imagine how sad they would be after they give up their work and life to come to Australia, and they will be treated like how I am treated here. I cannot imagine how sad they would be if they know of their daughter being so bullied by AUSTRALIAN-BORN AUSTRALIAN all the time. Same to all the parents overseas who are having their sons or daughters suffered from the non-stop discrimination and racism.
After quite a few kind supportive replies, Freda did recover her equilibrium to a degree — but her case remains an indictment of the donkeys who treated her like that!
3. Even I have been here over 30 years , you’re always stranger in the eye of white especially, had racist experience especially white around world, from Europe, North America, South America, Australia ect , had fight with a white guy at Aldi who is racist and I reported to police as hate crimes and I feel the police is not going to do anything as she says, I don’t have confidence of police to investigate the issue to against a white man, freedom and democratic reality… During my English study [1989-90], I went to farm to make some money and 2 white guys stolen all my $250 at parramatta bus station and left me no money…. Have talked to a few politicians office but I give it up because the racist guy is gay so that’s just make gay bashing all right, never understood people who are be discriminated and discriminate against other
Hang your heads in shame, Australia! Except fortunately there are so many of us who are not like these sick people who have made the lives of my friends miserable — and probably think they are patriots! Deadshits is what they really are.
The next thing Marco shared with me was a message urging me to tune in to ABC to watch this. It is so good.
4. Bring back older memories, actually I was talking to my sister and in 20 years time I may go to China…To live, he means, referring to a time when he will be about the age I am now… I thought of my Irish ancestor 200 years ago:
I hope kind fate will reinstate
And fortune’s face upon me smile
To safe conduct me home again
To my own dear native Irish isle.
And here is some good news! Yesterday Chris Minns, the leader of the NSW Labor Party, announced that their candidate for the NSW Parliament in Strathfield will be Jason Yat-sen Li. Good chance, and an excellent person. He is being very kind and diplomatic in this video, but the warning is strong too.
On the one hand are the individual experiences I shared in the post, but they touch on something much more worrying perhaps — and that this is 6th January sharpens that feeling. There are really dark forces conjured up by racism, and sadly we have seen them before. They threaten us, they threaten very clearly the USA, they threaten Europe.
After this post was published I saw this report from multicultural Australian broadcaster (of enormous merit!) SBS: Mark joined a men’s fitness club. Now it’s become an armed neo-Nazi cell. Please take the time to read it.
The group has “cells” in multiple states across Australia, he says, and SBS News has seen evidence of them communicating with white supremacy groups in the United States and Europe.
More than one of the overseas groups has been listed as a terrorist organisation and another as a hate group…
Messages between group members seen by SBS News also talk about “cleansing” Australia and refer to ethnic and religious minority groups as “unters”, a reference to the Nazi Germany word ‘untermensch’, meaning sub-human.
Mark is a self-confessed ethno-nationalist and says he initially found common ground with members of the group over his anti-immigration views – but now he feels uncomfortable.
“I signed up for a brotherhood of self-betterment, concerned about the failures of multiculturalism in Australia. I feel like things are now getting out of hand.”
He says societal disruptions in Australia caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – including unemployment, lockdowns and mandatory vaccination – have intensified the racist rhetoric of some of the group’s members.
“COVID was like hitting the fast-forward button … just evidence to the movement that society is weak and a collapse is close.”
“It starts to get more and more violent. There is this besieged mentality, like we are under attack, so we need to prepare, train and be ready for a war really soon.”