Australian Identity

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Australian Identity

Identity is a debate that many Australians are still arguing today. After all these years of living in Australia, the identity of the country is still something that cannot be agreed upon. Though many seem to have their own idea of what an Australian is. There is no clear cut view of this thus the conclusion that an Australian is a myth can be formulated. Therefore, many people of Australia feel as if they should aspire to be citizens of the world instead. It’s the phrase on everyone’s lips: Australian identity. But the problem with this is that if you ask almost any Australian on the street the first response that you would get would be the same: the barbecue. Just about anyone can describe the rituals of an Australian barbecue: the man cooking, usually with a tinny in one hand and tongs in the other; the women preparing salads in the kitchen. It is difficult to figure out why the barbecue is Australia’s single most identifiable domestic ritual. It might be that it connects Australians to their more ritualistic past but it is hard to believe that a countries entire cultural identity relies solely on cooking a piece of meat on a grill. Sport is another subject that seems to dominate much of Australian society. Such events such as the Grand Prix and Australian Open seem to give some Australians a sense of identity. AFL is another sport that seems to encompass many Australians and is a way that many Australians identify. But it is important to note that all three of these are dominant in Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia. With the upcoming Olympics in Sydney being one of the few exceptions, sport is predominantly in Melbourne and isn’t nearly as popular in the other states thus making it difficult to argue for it is Australian identity. Australia Day is considered by many to be part of an identity that is strictly Australian, and given the name, how can you argue. Events included in this celebration include ship races, boat races...
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