A Chinese friend that has been recently living in Australia for setting up a warehouse which will ensure Australia china trade.  So far he’s been enjoying it, he’s been living in Melbourne and whilst I wouldn’t say that it’s the most Australian city in terms of things to see… its more European city…think cafes on the street more of a ‘live in the city’ kind of atmosphere rather than every other Australian city which the mentality is ‘work in the city, then get the fuck out of there’ (because life in Australia is about enjoying life… not all about work)

It should be a pretty good indication that the majority of French people that go to Australia and talk wonders about it, go to Melbourne.

But one thing that Melbourne does do, as with any Australian it has the Australian values.

Anyway, after one incident with the police.. for which I’m not proud of my country for, because it sounds like a case of racism against Chinese drivers.  The actions of 1 (authority figure) that pisses off every I tell about, especially Australians.

So he sent me this   ——>

And asked me, “is this true?”

I tell you in summary from what I explained to him, (followed by a brief conversation) because lots of… not just Chinese people but generally many foreigners (Europeans, Americans, not so much Arabic people or African people) but they all are quite confused about how Australians think… so perhaps here’s some insight..

I can’t see the whole article, but for that 1 reason that I can see… it’s just not true.
Australians love people from HK, Taiwan, ethnic Chinese from Malaysia, Singapore, other South East Asian countries… but mainland China is difficult because the people’s modern culture is so incredibly different.
Plus, in many cases, people don’t make any intention to integrate when they come to Australia; they just jump into the Chinese community and are now living in a completely Chinese society, but with a nice temperature, and nice weather.

It’s also the mentality that many mainland Chinese people have…. For instance, if Australians are in China, they have to accept it, because the differences can just be considered Chinese culture, so Australians should adapt to that culture. But when mainlanders come to Australia, the same is expected… and when it doesn’t happen…it causes tension.

Chinese on the other hand wont’ choose to integrate for 2 generations or sometimes even more as compared to 1 or less generations with people from England, India, anywhere in Africa, or even Singapore & Malaysia that have large ethnic Chinese populations etc.

The reason that there’s a difference though, between Chinese coming to Australia and Australians going to China is that Australia and Australians expect people to integrate.

They want you to share the same values as them, they want everyone to have a fair go, if you’re a nice enough person, then welcome.
China however, has a mentality of all Chinese/ Asian looking (possibly ethnic Chinese generations ago) – vs non-Chinese.
‘You will NEVER be Chinese’, is often the felt sentiment of foreigners of any kind living in China.

In China being able to integrate, being ‘not-a foreigner’ means being Chinese, or looking like a Chinese person.

But in Australia being Australian means sharing the value system of Australia, and appreciation that to the country of Australia that such a place has to offer.  You can be ethnically Chinese, African, Indian, Arabic… it doesn’t really matter, but when you share the same values as Australians, then you are accepted, then you are not a foreigner.
Also… I think because the education system in China is…well… not very open… if Chinese people haven’t had any outside influence, they tend to be a bit difficult to accept new things

Anyone that has learnt English, or watches western movies, tv shows… is not really like this… but the thing is that many of the people that are, are still doing business with Australians.

Fox:  I think most of Australian are very nice

Me:  So while it’d be great to do business with and interact with all the Chinese like yourself, and many of the colleagues in Beijing, many of the more open and nice people… the reality is, that they (Australians) don’t meet these nice people… so their experience is bad.

You have that impression because you are a nice person yourself.

Therefore people are nice to you in return.

You speak English, even if you don’t understand everything… you try, plus you are friendly and you can act in the way that Australians want you to act, laughing, trying, socialising etc.

I think the majority of Chinese people that ask these questions, are not like you.  They’ve had a bad experience because of some reaction…something they’ve done or said, that without knowing it, has caused a reaction which makes things difficult later on.

Those Australians that think China has ‘stolen’ their jobs …. are just stupid, stupid in the way that they are ignorant about understanding the underlying problems.
Some Americans think that too… and they are also stupid.
The truth is companies move those jobs overseas because the labour in China is cheaper.
It is the Australian and America companies that are taking jobs away from Australians and Americans, not the Chinese which happens to be the country where those jobs end up.

Fox:  The truth is that so many Chinese move to western countries like the US and Australia
They work harder than the native people of the country. (native being nationals of the country)

Me: Yes, this is true, but that shouldn’t necessarily be celebrated

Australia is a life loving country.
Work is necessary to enjoy life, but it’s not everything.
And this is engrained in the Australian culture.

So whilst it is respected to be good at your job, and to work hard, …. not having a life, and not spending time with your family, or relaxing and travelling enough, and exploring things outside work… is not really respected.

As I say, different culture.

Also, the government support systems in China and Australia are different.
In Australia… the citizens ARE supported, if you lose your job, you’re not going to die.
If you have nothing… the government and system will look after you and help you get back to where you should be.

In China… not so much the case.
So people are forced to ensure that work, and making money is the 1st priority.

Fox:  Yep, China has 7 times population than Australia
So it’s a different situation

Me: Plus, … all immigration policies have to be thought out very well… so as to ensure the values of the country can remain intact, and that people coming in can actually integrate properly.
Any time there is tension… it’s generally an indication that the immigration policies are not 100% correct

Fox: Plus, in China one of the things… is that most of money is only in the hands of a few people.

Me: I think unfortunately that’s the case in many countries. But Australia makes it more difficult for that to happen because the government …for the most part (not always) really cares about the people its serving.   [or at least care more than other countries’ governments]
In addition, government members can’t stay in power or be recycled to positions of power forever.

Fox:  I think in Australia, people are always feel happy and are relaxed even if they don’t have so much money.

Me: Yes, I think that’s true

Fox: In Australia, they don’t want to buy a BMW or Mercedes or a huge house.

Me: But I think that has a lot to do with the weather and temperature too.
The values, the priorities are different for sure.

Fox:  Just live with family and talk with friends is enough

Me: Yes, that as well as simply wanting a comfortable life and to be financially secure.

There’s actually a Wikipedia article on Australian culture that is surprisingly correct

Fox:  I wish one day in the future I could live like this.

Me: There’s a culture of being humble 谦虚as well.

Which used to exist in China… but for modern Chinese culture… it doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

I think this is the most important part
I think that would be an interesting question for down at the pub or something, or for any Aussie person willing to talk to you about this.  ‘What do you think the Australian cultural values are?’

Fox:  By the way, the Aussie burger at Hungry Jacks (Australian Burger King) is awesome!
It’s better than angry whopper.

Me: I’m really glad you’re enjoying your experience in Australia.

Fox: It’s really a good country for ‘life’.

Although, I don’t think I should talk with you about this, …maybe I will not be allowed entrance next time I try to come here

Me: hhaha what do you mean?
You think the Australian government is watching you? (monitoring you) 监看?

Fox: The border police will check my phone and think I will stay here and won’t go back to China again.  [making fun of the fact that you always assume the government is monitoring you in China]

Me: hahhahaha
I doubt that is the case

Again, here is the rest of the answers.  And to be honest I think most of them are fair.