Archive for March, 2012

Pointing at the UNSW students

Yesterday was graduation day at UNSW for the Faculty of Built Environment. I had two or three hours between my class and the ceremony so I went to the library to borrow some books I might not actually have the time to read. At the machine thing that legitimises one’s ability to take the books away from the library, I overheard a woman’s voice:

This university accepts more international students than any other university. So if you’re going to sit there and point at everyone who’s different, you’ll be pointing all day.

I turned around and saw a white women who looked to be in her late-forties talking to an older man sitting down who was probably her father or father-in-law, but I don’t want to assume.

In other news, my friend met an Egyptian guy at an event of some type. He had come to Australia with high hopes of immersing himself in “Australian culture”. Unfortunately, he arrived in Sydney to find that there’s a lot of Asians and Indians and Arabs and white people who aren’t “Australian” and that “Australian restaurants” don’t really exist because no sane person would be willing to sacrifice money for whatever gets passed as “Australian cuisine”. The story has a happy ending though: our Egyptian friend moved to Penrith and found the authentic Australian culture he was looking for.