As I have lived in Sydney for months, I must say that the diversity of ethnic cuisines is one of the greatest things here. Chinese, Thai, Korean, Malaysian, French, Russian, Indian, Japanese… pretty much everything is within a walking distance from each other.
For a lunch on a sunny day, we decided to spend 10 dollars each at a Korean restaurant in the City. It is called Full House.
Korean people who have been living in Sydney has comparably short history. Since 1890s when Australian missioneris went working in Korea, such interaction between two countries had begun.
Short after the Korean War, some Australian families have adopted lost Korean orphans. By the 1980s, apparently 100 Korean people had dwelt in Sydney under the Skilled Migration Program. However the number of Korean residents in Sydney begun to boost itself by 1,000 times more than what it had been before the 1980s. According to the Sydney Korean Society, about 100,000 Korean residents are corrently residing in Sydney.
But, not only more Koreans are entered to this looking gorgeous city, also the number of other various passport holders are significantly increased to stay in.
Unfortunately however, there’s not always good news ahead when people with different cultural/ social background are put together in a place. As a result, several controversial Korean related issues have been breaking news in Australia as more so sensational in S. Korea.
- The incident happend last year in March that a brother of famous S.Korean actor Lee Dong-Gun, was killed by two Chinese gangsters just infront of the World Square in Sydney. According to the Daily Telegraph, Lee Joon-yub, 19 old Sydney university student, collapsed and died on the footpath outside World Square after he and a friend became embroiled in a brawl with two teenagers at Hungry Jacks.
This vedio captures the moment of Lee’s friend Song Jung-ho collaped in a Korean store after being stapped.
Korean students have chosen Australia as their educational stepping ground. They are the second largest population just behind that of London, more than 25,000 Korean university and English language students lived in Sydney.
Yet, Lee Dong-gun says
“We had a clean image of Australia but this has tarnished it, and people are worried about the security in the city centre where there are gangs.”
Vivian Park, as the vice president of the Sydney Korean Society and also as the Commissioner of the Communication Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW, believes that the significance of multiculturalism in Sydney has decreased.
Park comments in an interview,
“We nee to contribute to the process to reestablish multiculturalism as a central principle for co-existence in our society”
This is a post by dajoung.