We are all so different and that is the one thing that I believe, unites us as Australians
The life my parents led before me gave me a somewhat broader global perspective outside of Western Australia, which encouraged a curiosity within me to figure out where in this world I associate with the most.
Am I part Maori, because I was born in New Zealand and that’s where my Mum is from? Or am I British, because that’s where my Dad is from? Am I Australian? Am I all three at once? I spent a majority of my youth confused as to where I fit within the bigger picture. At school we used to sing songs that promoted multiculturalism such as “we are one, but we are many, and from all the lands on earth we come.” But over time, the persistent identification of difference of my peers led me to question what it really meant to be ‘Australian’. I wasn't born here, and nor were my parents, yet we fit into the norms of our social environment. In comparison, some of my friends who were second generation Aussies but were ‘racially' different to me in regards to their ethnic heritage, were questioned frequently about where they're “really” from. I became very aware of an ever present racial (or white) prejudice within my environment. I don't think there is one non-indigenous Australian who doesn't have ethnic heritage from somewhere overseas, we are all so different and that is the one thing that I believe, unites us as Australians.