How migrants shaped our towns
Where Are You Really From?, SBS, Friday at 7.30pm
EVEN though comedian Michael Hing’s (pictured) family migrated from China more than 100 years ago, he still gets asked ‘Where are you really from?’ all the time.
Michael’s experience is pretty common. No matter how long your family might have been here, if you look a bit different, chances are you’ll get asked that question.
The thing is: many of Australia’s regional towns and centres were founded by migrant communities. Like the Chinese miners who arrived in Bendigo, Victoria, in the 1860s.
Or the Sikh farmers who settled on the New South Wales coast before Federation and became banana and now blueberry barons.
This series celebrates that history and looks at how generations of migrants have made their homes here while facing negative stereotypes.