I PLAY AFL AND LISTEN TO TRIPLE J, BUT PEOPLE STILL QUESTION WHETHER I'M AUSTRALIAN

BUT AUSTRALIANS OF COLOUR BELIEVE THAT OTHER AUSTRALIANS RATE THEM AS LESS AUSTRALIAN THAN THEY FEEL.

DO WE SIDE EYE PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND ASSUME THEY AREN'T AUSTRALIAN?

The ideal of cultural assimilation runs deep in Australia, and on first glance, it seems sensible.
I wanted to watch Australian Idol and play video games and read Harry Potter (again).
But Australians of colour believe that other Australians rate them as less Australian than they feel.

When I was a kid, my dad told me I should learn to speak Mandarin. “You look Chinese,” he said bluntly. “It doesn’t matter that you are born in Australia, people will assume you are Chinese.” I brushed this off...

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