Growing Up Asian in Australia Essay

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“It is dangerous to be different to the rest of society”

The ideas of belonging represent the important and fundamental values over our lives. They most commonly emerge from experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The personal aspect extends the sense of belonging. It is created though various ways in the text of “Growing up Asian in Australia” edited by Alice Pung. The text has a wide range of ideas on how belonging is being conveyed though the experiences and notion of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding by a variety of well-read plans.

Sunil’s story is defiantly about trying to belong. Sunil was called lots of things, well in fact nearly every racist name under the sun, curry-muncher, towel-head, abo, coon, boong, darkie, nig-nog and so on. Some type of assault followed this. After he would tell his mother and she would just say "Stones and sticks and such-like can only shake your skeleton. Just rise over it!" This upset him even more because it wasn’t even said right. After a while he got used to the names and dead legs. He took the verbal assault like a good sport. The only thing that would upset him now was his name because no one could pronounce it properly. So he would tell everyone that his name was Neil. But soon enough his mother found out that he changed his name at school. She wondered why he had changed it and he spat out "I hate it". She believed that Sunil is a beautiful name. This was because Sunil meant the breeze that blows on Lord Shiva's (God Of Destruction) birthday. After finding out what his name meant his opinion of the name changed. He is now proud of his name because it had meaning while other kid's names did not. In a name book for Indian children he found his name's description said dark one. A saying that has been with him forever. This connects to Identity and Belonging because he changed his name to a more Aussie name in order to belong with the Aussie kids. The...
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