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I think Dexter you'll often find what peoples food tastes are will be connected with what they have been used to and some tastes may linger no matter for how long someone has been in Australia.
My wife, with quite an accent too was working at a place where there was a mature aged woman originally of Malay/Chinese heritage and they went lunchtime shopping once and off to a special asian food deli it was and Chicken feet etc.
I just caught the shorts of a chap doing a food show in Vietnam and it was to include eating the prawn shells too, probably the cooking softens them and when I was in Vietnam once myself, another Aussie there who was engaged to a Vietnamese girl was telling me about the fish soup and how it would include eating the bones and probably a few Vietnamese restaurants around where you might be able to get that on the menu.

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I missed your much earlier post and re
I look obviously like I have "Asian influence" and often get asked "Where are you from?" I usually answer that I'm from Brisbane, but I remember one stranger was not satisfied with this, and asked about my parents. So, I eventually relented and told them that my mother is Singaporean. "Ah, so that explains why you don't look Australian". What the f*** does that mean?! (Excuse my language ) So, clearly my experience shows that the notion of the sun-bleached, blonde haired, blue-eyed Aussie still exists. And even if you have been born and raised in Australia, have a broad accent and don't even know your immigrant parents' language, you are still not seen as being a 'real Australian'.
Whilst there are always going to be the ******* or just literally insensitive type of people about with their view of the stereotype Aussie of 50 years ago and even then there we had people with Asian and I suppose mainly Chinese heritage about but not so many, though they first started arriving in goldfield days and then also others associated with pearl farming and Queensland has been known as something of a " ******* " state , some people can just be genuinely curious in perhaps seeing an opportunity to learn a little of another country/culture.
I know I fall into that category myself and more so if I hear an accent and I suppose it is possible to be a bit clumsy in speech at times and you just have to be conscious of offending people.

Immigration that has been on the political agenda of late comes from a merging of two not too well managed areas and one is driven a bit by the GFC and what employment outlooks may be but it is also good I feel that something concrete be addressed about what needs to occur for an Australian population growth to have infrastructure development adequately managed rather than just let the growth happen as keeps property developers happy.
Like Queensland has always been thought of as a tropical state and you would never have thought water restrictions would be needed but the last ten years has shown that is far from the truth and then you have a Federal minister canning a new dam and the premier saying desalination is the alternative and they need a huge ammount of power and she says no new power station unless the CO2 can be captured and stored and that's in the never never!
Other states have problems just as significant too.

And then the second area is the current influx via people smuggling and whilst Australia has had a good refugee program for many years it is not just that which is being threatened but also the timely processing of family/skilled visas that we are seeing the reults of in posts on the forum about extended processing times.

So whether it is the dark days of the past or just some hard decisions that need to be taken re policies and implementation, without the latter in all areas I think we could see attitudes of more harden some.
 
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