Friday, February 19, 2010

Indian living in Australia says Australians not racists

Today at work an Indian colleague and I had a long conversation about living in Australia – she has lived and worked here for years, prior to that living and working in Singapore and Brunei. She reckons that the whole "racist Australians" thing is grossly overstated and is very pleased to live here, where she is currently working on a PhD.

She made the point that Australia offers many opportunities simply unavailable to the average Indian. She also observed that most Indians studying in Australia are from quite wealthy families and are very much inclined to flaunt their wealth, thus inadvertently making themselves attractive criminal targets.

In short, she doesn't buy the argument that Australians are racists who are targeting Indians simply because they have dark skin.


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