How mi­grants shaped our towns

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

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.

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