Mate, it’s ‘Straya Day

Ahhh…. Here we go again, Australia Day is coming up and truth be told, I have mixed feelings about the day. The Day brings out a complexity and mixture of anger, sadness, resentment, enthusiasm and pride.

Let’s round up some interesting finds and discussion about ‘Straya Day:

Video by Aahmer Rahman (Fear of the Brown Planets)

Discovery Day
It’s a day when Captain Cook comes along and says “eureka! I found a new country for the Queen. I am going to be famous!”  It also marks a history of: white settlement. (So this is where I end our history lesson). Isn’t it about time that we move on from our colonial thinking days and become a federation? It’s not like we are beholden to the apron strings of the Queen. It’ll be great if we create a new identity as a country? An identity that reflects who we like to be in the future.

Invasion Day
Since I referred to Captain Cook’s discovery, it’s only fair that I bring up the other side of the story. The day marks the start of era of inhumanity.

Have you watched Utopia? It’s a documentary that highlights the  history of Australian government inhuman treatment toward the First Nation’s people. It’s a rather dark and enlightening movie, especially if you like to learn more about the Indigenous Australians.

Nationhood and pride


Sourced from @drhwoo

National costumes


The Australian flag is not a national costume, it belongs on the flag pole not on back of bogans.

Recently Aldi and Big W released some pretty ignorant and pretty racist tshirt design, thankfully they pulled them down. Still the fact it was released in the first place.


Sourced from @LainieEiff

In response to the offensive tshirts, here are more thought-provoking singlet designs. Which one do you like?Misadventures Of The Story Collector - Get Your 'STRAYA SINGLETS

Source: Get Your ‘STRAYA SINGLETS comic by @StringStory (Suzanne Nguyen)

More cases of Racism

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The Day inspires strange bouts of racist behaviours and attitudes. It’s a very strange occurrence and it happens every single year. 

Australia Day is about being (somewhat) political incorrectness. Check out all these pamphelias:

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Source: by @irrellievant
Check out the mixmatch of Union Jack the American stars n stripes n ‘redneck wonderland’ by midnight oil. “Straysia mate”

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I never knew that Australia Day can be American too. Bring on the booze and boobies.


There’s something about ‘Straya Day that looks forward to having a barbecue and beer.

Cultural Identity Crisis

Misadventures Of The Story Collector - Strange Yellow Beings (v2)
Source: Strange Yellow Beings (v2) by @StringStory (Suzanne Nguyen)

I tend to think quite about what it means to be an Australian. Specifically what it means to be an Asian in Australia. I think it’s going to be a long battle of finding answers.

So this year, I am going to dedicate a whole comic about my journey of being yellow in ‘straya.
There be other stories about other yellow people too.

The Good Stuff

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The tweet above promptly reminded me that even when shit hit the fan, there are some things we can be happy about; we have to remember Australia has it good points too. We are cultural diverse, with amazing people who bring with them their own traditions and culture.

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Regardless what you believe in, there’s more to booze and barbies, how are you celebrating January 26th?

-Suzanne Nguyen

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