I was in another thread about ethnicity where we were asked to name our heritage/where were from. A lot of people chose to write about blood. A few chose to write about country. And a few more chose to mention how they were Australian but because the way they looked, it was assumed they weren't.
This is a quote from the other thread:
Would you consider a query like this racist or just plain curious?What I find interesting is what people consider "Australian"/"Aussie". From what I've observed it seems that the majority consider anyone caucasian with parents or further back born here as "aussie".
I was born here... doesn't that make me an Aussie?
My husband was born here, so he's an Aussie right?
Our baby will be born here next week so he/she is an Aussie?
We do not look like what most consider typical "aussies". But as we get into
3rd, 4th, 5th etc generation of multicultural background Australians I sure hope the majority will accept that is what Aussies are now. And stop asking me so where are you from?... Uhhh I was born here....
Has anyone mistaken your background/origins/ethnicity for something else?
Then there's another angle illustrated by this quote:
What do you consider racism to be...or not to be?On the matter of of what is Australian, at work I have to ask people over the phone if they identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander, an alarming amount of (mainly older) people say "No, I'm Australian"............Ahhhh, yeah, so are they.
That is the question.