First generation Aussie? You’ll be nodding along with every single one of these…
I was the first person in my entire family to be born in Australia. My dad is Canadian, and the short version of mum’s background is that she’s part Greek, part Austrian, and was born in Egypt (just to make things EXTRA complicated).
So yeah, when it comes the struggles of first generation Aussies, I know ALL of the things. But I’m not alone – because almost half of all Australians have at least one parent who wasn’t born in this country. And along with the glorious multicultural fabric of our nation that this contributes to? There’s some pretty weird stuff too.
Here’s 16 things all children of immigrants will know to be true.
1. Your school mates probably laughed at your “weird” lunches.
But now olives, salami and sourdough are in and honey and marg on Tip Top white bread just won’t cut it.
So who’s laughing now, bitches?
2. Being asked where you’re from, erryday.
Taxi drivers, waiters and complete randos will ask you this constantly and apparently, Sydney is not an acceptable answer – it will be met with a knowing, “no, but where are you FROM?” If you’re a shade darker than Lara Bingle, you’ll be asked this question for life.
3. Having people make *hilarious* jokes based on cultural stereotypes.
Apparently Greeks are tight-arse and Canadians are dumb and fond of double denim.
Oh, and Hitler was Austrian.
4. Think you’re going to score some Maccas during a family car trip? LOL, no.
Fast food? The horror! No – you must have a thermos of hot soup, boiled chicken legs, sandwiches, chopped up fruit and carrot sticks, spinach and ricotta pie, and biscuits. Any less and you will most likely starve.
5. Having to explain your “strange” family traditions year in, year out.
Sigh. Yes, we dye hard boiled eggs and crack them after dinner at Easter. Yes, we open our Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day. Yes, my mother can’t pay me a compliment without doing this crazy pretend-spitting thing to ward off the evil eye. That’s normal, right? Right?