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I think that if you have such a prejudice before even having visited the country, you may be better staying at home.
Seriously, it would be better for yourself. With such a mindset, you won't enjoy yourself.
I can't count how many times I heard that "Australians are all racists", before moving there. Most saying that were Arabs and Asians. Every time I heard that, I thought that was silly.
And indeed, I never felt any Australian I have met was racist. It may be because English is not my first language that I don't always understand all subtleties, but anyway, it's something you perceive if the guy is making fun of you, and I have never experienced that.
Maybe I have been lucky so far, I don't know.
 

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And indeed, I never felt any Australian I have met was racist. It may be because English is not my first language that I don't always understand all subtleties, but anyway, it's something you perceive if the guy is making fun of you, and I have never experienced that.
Maybe I have been lucky so far, I don't know.
You have definitely been lucky, TheCoolKoala.

I have to state beforehand that racism is a very contentious topic. I have been subject to racist rants while out on the streets. Most of my non-caucasian Australian friends who grew up here have received acts of racism to some degree. BUT then again, we must all remember that 10% of the world is made up of douchebags and we cannot judge the other 90% for it.

I have found that most of the times when I get racist comments directed at me, it's dark out and I'm walking on a quiet street or in a desolate parking lot... see a pattern there?

Overall, it would be best to keep an open mind and be friendly to all. Australians, in general, are friendly, warm and approachable. So come here, enjoy the place and its people, and ignore the unpleasant ones. It wouldn't be right to stereotype suburbs or towns just because of a minority of rude individuals.
 

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You have definitely been lucky, TheCoolKoala.

I have to state beforehand that racism is a very contentious topic. I have been subject to racist rants while out on the streets. Most of my non-caucasian Australian friends who grew up here have received acts of racism to some degree. BUT then again, we must all remember that 10% of the world is made up of douchebags and we cannot judge the other 90% for it.

I have found that most of the times when I get racist comments directed at me, it's dark out and I'm walking on a quiet street or in a desolate parking lot... see a pattern there?

Overall, it would be best to keep an open mind and be friendly to all. Australians, in general, are friendly, warm and approachable. So come here, enjoy the place and its people, and ignore the unpleasant ones. It wouldn't be right to stereotype suburbs or towns just because of a minority of rude individuals.
I am not Australian, my wife is malaysian, i have malaysian, malaysian-indian , chinese friends, and I never heard of any of them complaining about racist comments or attacks.
Maybe they have never walked out on quiet streets or desolate parkings ;-)

Beside a few douchebags indeed as you say, for whom you can't do anything, I think racist thoughts can be due to misunderstandings or brainwashing with the mass media. For instance, the media could tell you that unemployment keeps going up, and the next news would be to tell you that immigration from china has increased a lot this year. Some people would do a connection between the 2 news, and start thinking the presence of more chinese is detrimental to australians.
And people change their mind after meeting nice foreigners for instance, or after a foreigner gives a hand for something.

If you are cool, take time to immerse yourself in the society, to understand locals, to discuss with locals etc... you should not have any problems
 

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Isn't that you can meet idiots whenever you go? I would never call Australians racists. But if you're unlucky you can meet some boshtets here and there. But don't think of it as a rule. It just happens. Australians in general are very friendly and very polite.
 

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I think this is a bit of a silly question. No certain type of people exist specifically in an area and conversely, not all areas are "safe" from certain types of people.

All I can tell you is, be open-minded and unprejudiced, and be polite to all kinds of people. I'm Chinese-Malaysian born in Australia, and live next to a Lebanese family and French family; we greet each other whenever we pass by, we all invite each other around for beers and a BBQ whenever there's something happening, we help each other out in certain odd jobs (lawn mowing, moving furniture around) etc. I believe in karma and it's been doing well by me.
 

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Everywhere (not just Australia - other parts of the world) is racist. It just depends on where you are going, who you are visiting and the attitude of the people there.


Rural towns are slightly more racist but the people that actually talk to you are rather nice and curious about where you are from/what you do/etc. The ones that are really racist are kinda like barking dogs. They will shout racial slurs at you far, far away and you can ignore them and they will piss off or you can call the cops and scare them off.


I've definitely heard incidents of racism though. My friend, Muslim Malaysian/Wears burka, was bottled, told to f*ck off home, and told to take off her head scarf because "THIS IS AUSTRALIA".


Then there was that Austrian/German vet who called the Asian the outcast.


Like I said, barking dogs never bite unless you give them the chance to.
 

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I think you will find that generally, Australian are not racist. It is a multicultural country with a diverse mix which live in peace and harmony. The best idea when you come to Australia is mix in with the rest of the population. There are suburbs where there are high concentrations of people form the same country to form their own community. I think you will find, this results in those immigrants not involving themselves with others outside their own culture which in turn alienates themselves from the general population.

By all means, we welcome all who come to Australia.
 

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I am Cambodian, I have been living here for nearly 3years. I don't think it is racist here . I am most welcome in workplace as well as any Australian .i love living here .
 

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Oddly enough in an unrelated chat a friend of mine from Perth volunteered Queensland as one of the most xenophobic and racist areas of Oz, perhaps using the prevalence and popularity of certain politicians as an indicator. A quick Google search yielded QLD and NSW as on the opposite end of the scale from a purported more tolerant Victoria. As a foreigner I agree with the other comments above (especially Jean D) that, like all countries, it is quite impossible and surely inaccurate to pinpoint areas as racist. In the US one can look for where active hate groups are headquartered, but this is still unhelpful as in those places you'll also find wonderful people. If you are quite concerned, you might approach it from another angle, such as looking into cities that have fellow expats from your country, or active social groups in issues you find more important. I could imagine this being relevant if there were a specific, very small town you were moving to. But as far as cities go, you'll get mixed bag of tons of wonderful people along with all the rest. Racism indeed exists in Oz, but there are far too many wonderful people and things happening to let that eclipse your experience before you arrive.
 

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I think that if you have such a prejudice before even having visited the country, you may be better staying at home.
Seriously, it would be better for yourself. With such a mindset, you won't enjoy yourself.
I can't count how many times I heard that "Australians are all racists", before moving there. Most saying that were Arabs and Asians. Every time I heard that, I thought that was silly.
And indeed, I never felt any Australian I have met was racist. It may be because English is not my first language that I don't always understand all subtleties, but anyway, it's something you perceive if the guy is making fun of you, and I have never experienced that.
Maybe I have been lucky so far, I don't know.
The big problem Australians have is that they use too much sarcastic humour, a lot more than the rest of the world. I am Australian and been living in Italy for 4 years and you can't use much sarcasm here because it isn't understood and can get you into trouble. And Australians do insult each other and an Italian gave me a book "the xenophobs guide to Australia" where it advises foreign visitors to Australia that when people start insulting you it means they like you (it is one of the books using humour to tell the truth).My Italian girlfriend immediately could relate to it as she lived in Australia for a year.

However, eventhough there is more racism in Australia than Italy, imo, there is much more cultural intergration in Australia. I can not remember going to a workplace or party and seeing any one else but Italians, me being the only foreigner. It would be suprising for me to go anywhere in Australia and not hear at least a couple of accents or foreign faces. There are plenty of other races in Italy like asian, arab, africans etc but they all keep to themselves in the community. You may see some Swiss and Rumanians at work. So although they don't seem to have any hatred of foreigners they pretty much ignore them too.
Don't get me wrong, Italians are very friendly but it is just my limited observation.
 

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It's sad that in this day and age that we STILL need to have conversations like this. I even know a couple of people who really lovely and nice, and yet there is something in them which make them say something stupid every now and then. Obviously they don't attack people, but that kind of mentality of disliking someone because of where they are from is just crazy! Luckily i've never heard of anything bad happening to any of my friends.
 

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20 years ago as a student in Sydney, I do feel the awkward stares and snares occasionally. 10 years ago as a student in perth, things were a lot better as the racial profile became more 'developed'. Few months ago in Tazzie for a holiday, felt completely at ease. Not sure if perception of racism has got to do with age...
 

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Plenty of reverse racism, if you want to call it that, actually comes from the very nationalities that complain about it.....

I can suggest a few and the reasons but it's not in anyone's interest to do so...
 

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Australia have been in news for the racism by many migrants... but shd ask ourself why it is happening... we cannot clap with our one hand... yes there are some migrants who come to Australia shd not forget the rules n regulation of Australia n should respect Australian or other migrants of other country... there r Somme intsnces of racism... but everyone shd not forget if u comand respect ... u get respect..:- )
 

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Australia have been in news for the racism by many migrants... but shd ask ourself why it is happening... we cannot clap with our one hand... yes there are some migrants who come to Australia shd not forget the rules n regulation of Australia n should respect Australian or other migrants of other country... there r Somme intsnces of racism... but everyone shd not forget if u comand respect ... u get respect..:- )
I agree with you reachelvis!
If we for one second learn to respect others and kerb the self-entitlement attitude, racism wouldn't be developed.
 

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:- ) Hi Ausindo... it is the attitude n ego, the one which is killing the humanity approach...if everyone understand the need of respect there won't be any such incident in first place... but to change this attitude one has to change from inside... thats why I factor is very important yes i can change... if one can change his behavior n thinking towards other then it would be a better for everyone... it is not possible to change everyone or ask everyone to change but it should come from inside...

Tks...:- )
 
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