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)
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.
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
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.
More cases of Racism
Australia Day is about being (somewhat) political incorrectness. Check out all these pamphelias:
There’s something about ‘Straya Day that looks forward to having a barbecue and beer.
Cultural Identity Crisis
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
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.
Regardless what you believe in, there’s more to booze and barbies, how are you celebrating January 26th?