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Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal SymbolsHello everybody, my article today will speak about the famous Aboriginal art . I wanted you to know how the meaning of the Aboriginal art can represent for the Australian culture.

Anangu art has traditionally taken the form of rock paintings, sand drawings and body painting. Anangu paintings are created for religious and ceremonial expression, teaching and storytelling. Traditional methods and designs are passed on from one generation to the next.

Symbols and meanings

The symbols and figures on the shelter walls at Uluru are similar to those found in many sites throughout Central Australia. Anangu still use these symbols in their paintings and carvings. These include geometric symbols such as concentric circles, figures representing animal tracks and the outlines of animals.

These symbols can represent different meanings, however these become clear when the artists explain the story they are depicting. The true meanings of the Uluru rock paintings rest with the artists and those they were teaching. Some senior Anangu in the Park know the meaning of the cave symbols because they either painted them themselves or recalled having them explained by the artists.

In some paintings the concentric circles symbol may mean a waterhole, or a camping place. In others, the same symbol may indicate a honey ant nest or a native fig tree. Concentric circles symbols usually represent a significant ancestral site or can be an intricate part of the story being told by the artist. Continue reading

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Australian Lifestyle (Part 2)

Australian Food Habits

Breakfast – generally everyday cereal with cold milk, Fruit Juice from a bottle (they are very good quality), and very few people squeeze oranges at home. The most common eaten bread is the slice bread toast with butter and jam. The Coffee is weak mixed with cold milk in a big cup. Sweeteners are not very common used and they seemed to be amazed when you ask it.

fish and chips Australia

School Lunch Box – Sandwich of bread with butter and vegemite, apple or any other fruit and a “little treat” that means a small chocolate or fruit/cereal bar. Others use Nutela  hazelnuts spread on the bread. As the kids stay in the school until 3 pm sometimes they bring pocket money to buy food in the tuck shop (canteen).

Adults lunch – Usually around 12 o’clock, and the preference are the sandwiches hamburgers. Meat Pies came second, and fried chicken pieces in third place of preference.

Dinner or Afternoon Tea – “Spaggy Bol”-  Spaghetti  Bolognese is one of the most requested kid dishes, but usually the menu is composed with some kind of meat and  vegetables, always have potatoes or mash potatoes. This means the traditional English style meal Meat + 3 Vegetables. The rice has been introduced by the Asian culture (30% of the population) but the consume is still very low ( generally they don’t know how to do very well and the outcome is a very sticky rice).

Weekends – For the families the Fish & Chips (fried fish with fried potatoes) is the most requested eaten with a lot of ketchup. To the younger generation Pizzas. The BBQ (Barbie) is very popular as well on the weekends. Continue reading

Australian Lifestyle (part 1)

Hello everyone that is the ‘Frenchy’ speaking for you to tell you the typical Australian lifestyle…

Most of the Australian people living in Australia are from England, that is the reason why Australian lifestyle is soo closed to the English lifestyle. In around the world Australia is famous for his surf lifestyle, BBQ, beer with some friends in a pub watching a rugby match after a day of surf or just having a BBQ with some friends near a beach.  Australians are very friendly and helpful people, with a great sense of humor and a natural ability to tell jokes and play with words. Some times we may appear cold because of our “private nature” which has been imported over the past 2 decades, but it is just takes time to “break the ice”, and everything goes well. It means you can talk about any subject, but for more personal matters, things will take a little bit longer to come out in the open.  Continue reading

The French in Australia

1797 laPerouse mapHello everyone, that the “Frenchy” speaking for you about the French community in Australia…

To begin, a short history of French in Australia… back to January 1788 with the arrival of La Perouse expedition in Botanic Bay. La Perouse left the French port of Brest in August 1785 and headed south. In the next 2 and a half years, La Boussole and L’Astrolabe would sail many thousands of kilometres and cross the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans several times. Then since this expédition French people have been living in Australia.

The Consulate General of France estimates that the French community of Australia comprised 70 000 people in 2006. Of these, 55 000 (mostly dual nationals) were not registered at the Consulate General. In addition, more than 6 000 young French people are currently visiting Australia as part of the Working Holiday Visa program. Continue reading

Movie ‘Romper Stomper’ and the racism in Australia

Hi, every one it’s Victoria, today I would like to introduce to you my new post about a movie ‘Romper Stomper’…

Directed by Geoffrey Wright, in 1992, is an American film director born in Melbourne in 1959. The film follows the exploits and downfall of a neo-Nazi skinhead group in suburban Melbourne.

Staring: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie and Tony Lee.

The film was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards, winning Best Achievement in sound, Best Actor in a Lead Role and Best Original Music Score.

PLOTTING

Hando and Davey are leaders in a “skinhead” band in Melbourne. They hate and attack a group of Vietnamese immigrant. Gabe, a young girl joins the group of skinhead and helps them to fight against the Vietnamese. One day the Vietnamese fight back strongly and destroy the skinhead group and their place while they are tracking by the police. At the end Hando decides to leaves the group with the girl.

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Brief History of the European Immigration to Australia

Hello everybody, I am French from Paris and I lived in Sydney for 2 years, I would like to introduce to you a short history of the European immigration to Sydney…

Australia belongs from a strong European immigration started from 1606 by the Dutch and Spanish who discover first the Australian coast known as the New Holland by the European explorers and traders. It was not until 1770 when the British, Captain James Cook and Joseph Banks sailed into Botany Bay in 1780 under the command of Governor Arthur Phillip. It wasn’t long before the colony established itself and for the next 60 years it would be the new home to unwanted, persecuted and criminal elements of British society. Then the discovery of gold in 1851 in New South Wales and Victoria transform demographically Australia from 437,655 to 1,151,947 of population and most of them were European immigrants.

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What Is ‘Multiculturalism’?

According to the Australian Government of Immigration and Citizenship multiculturalism is “In a descriptif sens multicultural is simply a term which describes the cultural and ethnic diversity of comtemporary Australia. We are, and will remain, a multicultural society. As a public policy multiculturalism encompass government measures designed to respond to that diversity. It plays no part in migrant selection. It is a policy for managing the consequances of cultural diversity in the interests of the individual and society as a whole.”

Then this term of multiculturalism means policies and practices that recognise and respond to the ethnic diversity of Australia community and have as their primary objects the creation of conditions under which all groups and member of the community may:

  • Live and work together harmoniously.
  • Fully and effectively participate in, and employ their skills and talants for the benefit of, the economic, social and cultural life of the community.
  • Maintain and give expression to their distinctive cultural heritages.

Source: National Agenda for a Multicultural Australia

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