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Jakarta Post

Your letters: Multiculturalism in Asia

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 6 2013   /  11:49 am

This is a comment on an article titled “Australia’s long journey to multiculturalism,” (The Jakarta Post, Jan. 30, p. 7) by Ratih Hardjono, Jakarta.

 Thank you for the great article. The other day, I discussed the topic of a better Asian country to live in. Australia was included in the list. Australia seems to be less glamorous than Singapore. Less modern than Seoul. Less cute than Tokyo.

And face it, it’s not an Asian country — it’s a Western country. Asian-Australians can be mayors, ministers and doctors, but they are yet to become Olympians, star news anchors or Hollywood A-listers.

But here’s the clincher: Which Asian country accepts multiculturalism? Certainly not Japan or Korea, which pride themselves as single-race nations. It is certainly not Singapore or Malaysia, where locals in the former are grumbling about “job-stealing migrants” ...