Not just my own experience, but the glaringly obvious yet easily overlooked way that, especially in our major cities, intercultural friendships and culturally diverse workplaces are the norm, bi-lingual Australians speak English with an Australian accent while retaining their mother tongue, and the children of immigrants outperform children of non-immigrant Australians in education and highly skilled occupations.
If, like me, you believe Australian multiculturalism is a success story, you will love this book. Multiculturalism in Australia does work, and this book will tell you why. Tim Soutphommasane. About the Author: Tamerlaine Beasley. If you're an Australian it will make you think, it should make you proud, and it seriously needs to be added to numerous curriculum lists.
Nov 11, Dino Asproloupos rated it it was amazing. So far so good. Analysis has just started and becoming even more interesting and relevant to current affairs in Australian politics.
Ended even stronger than it started. Gets more relevant each day in light of the recent, apparent racist attacks in the media. If only I had friends in high places - w So far so good.
If only I had friends in high places - where this book could make its greatest impact! Jan 29, Leonard Hong rated it it was ok. This is a book with good intentions. Simultaneously, however, it is a book that provides barely any evidence as to why 'hard' multiculturalism benefits Australians.
Goes on and on about how great diversity is and how cultural relativism is important to immigrants regardless of whether their views contradict liberal democratic traditions. As an immigrant myself who believes in Western values of freedom and democracy, the author's argument was overall poor. I give him 2 stars because in some level, This is a book with good intentions. I give him 2 stars because in some level, his point about individual racist cases have a point. It's still a poorly argued book in my eyes.
Mar 03, Belinda rated it really liked it. An eloquently written book on multiculturalism from our immediate past Race Discrimination Commissioner. Apr 15, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. She is yelling, 'Go home! Her companions laugh and jeer.
Figuring that a civilised conversation is out of the question I respond with my own one-fingered salutes and robust compliments. Two of the blonde's friends in the car, both male, respond in turn as we wind around one of Canberra's circuitous "Out of the corner of my eye I see a young blonde-haired woman caped in a flag, leaning out the back window of the car alongside.
Two of the blonde's friends in the car, both male, respond in turn as we wind around one of Canberra's circuitous roads [ For a moment I consider testing my courage. Then the lights turn green.
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If that happened where I live, somebody would be severely beaten, or dead. Anyway, the book is very interesting. It refers to a lot of immigration policy that Australian politicians and parliament enacted throughout the 20th century. It enlightens people as to exactly what the policies entail and some of the reasoning behind it.
It is also interspersed with the author's own experiences growing up in a multicultural environment in Sydney, and anecdotes about incidents and utterances which were seen to be racially charged, but of course, denied by the top brass as racist. The language is very accessible and not too difficult to grasp. The book is a candid discussion of the pros and cons of multiculturalism in Australia and how it is different from 'multiculturalism' in other countries which people are constantly comparing Australian multiculturalism to.
The overall conclusion is about right - we have it a lot better than most Western countries when it comes to multiculturalism. Apart from verbalizing our dislike of things, it's not like there's news of a massive race riot every year View all 11 comments. May 03, Timothy Dymond rated it it was ok.
After reading this book you'd have to conclude that multiculturalism, like democracy, is the worst possible system except for all the others. Tim Soutphommasane wants to offer a full throated defence of multiculturalism, but really can't stop being too cerebral about it for his own good. His definition of multiculturalism is very liberal and sensible: a presumption of equal recognition of all cultures.
The word 'presumption' is important, because it doesn't entitle all cultures to equal respect. Rather it is more like the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law. An impeccable notion - but one that is more often honoured in the breach.