Are we even surprised by this research? I mean for me as an Asian Australian, I can remember more shitty moments of my life when I was subjected to racism and discrimination, more than happy moments. And this research proves that. Titled “AUSTRALIAN CITIES IN THE ASIAN CENTURY”, the research looks at how Australia is influenced by the rise of China and the “associated flow of people”. This particular research about discrimination in the property market is part of the series.
Generally, the research has found that Australians have faced racism and discrimination because of their cultural background, and this experience is prominent among Asian Australians. In an online national survey with 6001 responses about experiences of racism and discrimination:
* 84% of Asian Australians have experienced racism and this percentage is the same if you are born in Asia or born in Australia.
* If you are born in Australia to parents who were born in Asia ( like mine), the percentage of racism experiences is 86%.
* If you speak a South Asian or East Asian language, the percentage of racism experiences is in the mid 80s, and if you speak a central Asian or SE Asian language its around the mid 70s.
Now to the stats from the racism in the Australian property market:
* 59% ( 6 out of 10) participants to the survey who are Asian Australian stated that they have faced discrimination in the property market. This is comparing to the experiences of 19% of non Asian born Australians.
* 13% of Asian Australians stated that this racism and discrimination happened quite frequently and not just an isolated experience.
* If your parents are born in Asia, this housing racism and discrimination pumps up to 44% and if you speak another language other than English its 45%.
These results in my mind are extremely damming but not surprising as Australia is pretty toxic. The article about this research also went into the “why” this is happening.
Here is what it says ( via The Conversation):
These findings suggest that the owning and occupying of space by Asian Australians is seen as a threat to Anglo-Australian hegemony. Alternatively, or perhaps relatedly, many real estate agents and owners assume Asians are somehow suspect, or will be a lesser quality tenant or owner. This would be an echo of colonial racist thinking in which Asians were seen as biologically inferior and a potential source of racial impurity.
The repression of Chinatowns and more recent moral panics about Indo-Chinese settlement areas in Sydney and Melbourne – such as Cabramatta and Richmond – point to these stereotypes of vice, uncleanliness and chaos. Perhaps this 20th-century troubling of the white spatial order is continuing today.
Sinophobia in Australia is also emerging in debates about housing investment, donations to political parties, university campus politics, the purchase of agricultural land for mining, as well as general concerns about Chinese government influence, geopolitics and human rights issues in China. Public debate is appropriate, but emerging hysteria and sensationalism are shifting into animosity towards people with Chinese heritage in Australia.
Will this stop? Not in my lifetime and not if Australia moves towards a policy of normalizing sinophobia and being Anti-Asian. There is a fear of the “yellow peril” and the “Asian invasion”, by the white majority, and shows the extent of white privilege and white supremacy.
Image via The Conversation
To read the entire article, please click on: Asians out! Not in this suburb. Not in this apartment