Australia is a wonderful country and most Australians are kind and tolerant people. There are, however, a few, who remain intransigent in an age of political correctness and defiantly express their anti-Asian sentiments. In large cities, like Sydney, there will always be a minority of disenfranchised denizens who wish to blame their feelings of isolation and alienation on others. ACM group, as Asians, are a very visible target for them to vent their frustrations upon. As long as government agencies actively oppose these acts of racial vilification and support the victims involved, we can, I think, remain confident that things are getting better and not worse in this regard.
The media has a role to play in highlighting these appalling acts, so as to discourage people from committing them and to encourage the general public not to be indifferent to these acts, when they witness them. We, as Australians, are all responsible for our cities and towns, not just those in official positions, and we must ensure that we welcome all our fellow citizens and visitors to our nation. Acts of kindness can go a long way to healing wounds that some migrants may have suffered in the past. Inclusiveness is the best way to get on in the world and to avoid violence and its consequent suffering.
The recent case exposed in the Sydney media of a woman stalking an Asian woman, whilst on a Sydney bus, and then racially vilifying her in a very public rant, sounds like the acts of someone suffering mental illness. Of course, that does not excuse the behaviour and the perpetrator needs to be apprehended and investigated. The more worrying aspect of that instance of racial abuse was the failure of the bus driver to acknowledge the attack and do something about it; and the complete lack of support for the victim shown by her fellow passengers. These things prompt the question, anti-Asian racism in Sydney – is it getting worse?
These behaviours seem unAustralian to me, to borrow a favourite phrase from the ex-Prime Minister of Australia John Howard. It seems, we may need reminding that being Australian is not a matter of the colour of your skin and what ethnic race you may belong to. Today, this country is a multicultural paradise for all of us, no matter where we or our parents or grandparents may have come from. The current PM, Malcolm Turnbull , is a great proponent of that modern day reality.