The increasing number of Chinese immigrants in Australia continues to transform the cultural and religious landscapes in different Australian suburbs.
In a recent China Talk show, which was held on August 22, 2018, in Sydney, the guests, Dr. Helen Shen Ho and Dr. Sophie Loy-Wilson, shared their stories, which provide insights on Chinese immigration in Australia, and the increasing level of racial interaction that is creating an entirely new multicultural society.
在最近于2018年8月22日在悉尼举行的一场中国脱口秀中，嘉宾Helen Shen Ho博士和Sophie Loy Wilson博士分享了他们的故事，这些故事让我们深入了解了澳大利亚的中国移民，以及正在创造一个全新的多元文化社会的日益增加的种族互动水平。
Over the last 50 years, there have been a significant number of Chinese people who have relocated to Australia in search of a better life. In a suburb such as Hurstville in southern Sydney, 49.4 percent of its 30,000 residents are of Chinese descent, based on the 2016 population census. 28 percent of the Chinese population in this suburb were born in Australia. Importantly, most of these residents immigrated to Australia in search of better education opportunities. However, rather than return to their natives homes back in China and Hong Kong, most of them opted to settle in Australia. Among the prominent renowned Chinese migrants who have settled in Australia include Dr. Helen Shen Ho. She notes, “I came here as a student, actually. Like yourselves. An officer student.”
The Chinese immigrants endured numerous challenges over the years as they sought for educational opportunities and work in Australia. One of these major challenges was racism. Australia as a nation has a dark history of racism whereby the whites perceived themselves as superior and people of other races were perceived as inferior in society.
Notably, the problem of racism was not just a societal problem of the common citizens in this country. On the contrary, racism was propagated even at the highest public offices in the land such as the Australian parliament. For example, in the recent China Talk, Dr. Shen identified some members of the current parliament in Australia as among the people who perpetrated racism and intolerance to other religions. In her words she notes, “She actually was against, in a sense, against the migration of not specifically Chinese but certain Asians because she didn't want any migration from Asia in 1998.”