I wonder if those who are booked on tour groups get any of these kind of 'threadment'?
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” - Adolf Hitler
I really feel for you to have gone through this, considering you were entering their country to boost their economy through tourism or education (for others studying there).
Tight and stringent security check is essential but basic courtesy should be in placed.
Bottomline is, be firm but be nice.
I have never been to Australia but from this thread I can get a feel of how yaya papaya the custom officers are and can be.
Is there no one we can turn to for unfair or ridiculed treatment ???
i've been in and out from melbourne few times, always travel alone, and i've never encountered anything like this or even saw one
but believe it or not, i've seen same 'people profiling' happened in changi, and heard few stories about this in changi
i guess, it's not only ang moh who is rac*st huh
lucky for you who can go to US without any need to apply for visa,for some people who need to go through the procedures,it's not easy at all
ang-moh for westerners in singapore , nigro for afro-americans in america, orang cina for chinese in indonesia... all are rasist expressions however you turn it...
is not only in australia. it happened to my gf when we've been together to new zealand in a trip few months back. they question her and check her bags and everything... they didn't ask me anything. were also several asians on the queue...
btw, for "ang-moh"s is not easy to diferentiate between chinese, japanese, koreans, indonesians, etc unless they spend years in asian countries...
Last edited by gclaudiu; 20th November 2006 at 01:32 PM.
One of my friends had the same problem. All she wanted was 2 weeks of holidays. But she applied the visa through her husband's firm and got 3 months of visa. She kenna intergoration and had to show how much money she carried and my address.
Another one applied for a visa for a private visit. She didn't even get it as the local Australian consulate considered her as overstay suspect. I think middle-age people may fit this category. Some of them ended up overstaying and working illegally in Chinese restaurants.
I don't know why Asians seem to be single out for such screening at the airports as statistically UK tops the list for illegal immigrants to Australia. But we don't hear so much about them being given such screenings in the airports. I know you want to say Ang Mohs also mah.
As someone who lives in Australia, all I can advise is put on blue-tinted contact lenses, bleach your skin and dye your hair blonde.
Australia Tourism Authority is speding millions promoting tourism to Asia. But when visitors arrive at our airports we treat them like some sort of criminal suspects. Some Asians
returning home to Australia are not spared of such treatments too.
I've been to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth dozens of times each, for stays ranging from a couple of days to a couple of years, and the longest I've ever been in any line at their immigrations and customs is an hour. Just in case you think it may be because of the color of my skin, you should know that I am considered quite dark and many Aussies think I am either Indonesian or Filipino.
Whether in Oz, UK, Canada or the U.S., I always have a ready smile for the officers and speak to them in friendly tones, no matter how sour their faces or how gruff their voices may be. I find that it helps "disarm" them and it makes them a little more friendly, especially if you chat them up, tell them your plans and ask for advise, to hell with privacy, they're not going to remember your face or what you're planning to do 5 seconds after they start checking the next person. When they go through my stuff, I answer all their questions and even offer them additional information. If they need to do more thorough checks, I jump through the hoops for them.
What happens after all this? I get out quicker than smart-ass-idiots who abuse the officers, make things difficult for them, put up pissed-off faces and try to lecture the officers about the state their tourism industry is going to be in just because they are performing their duties.
This isn't about racism (btw, if we're honest to ourselves, we'd know that we're all raciest in some ways) or about how one group is being treated differently from another, it's about us wanting to get into another person's home and getting all worked up because that person is asking us to take off our shoes or telling us that he/she needs to be sure you're not carrying any harmful stuff into their home.
Lighten up, we'll all live longer and have less cancer ... at least that's what the new report claims.
I feel much better that I'm living in Singapore.
Hooray to 7% GST!!!
"Wonders of the Human Mind. Unfathomable to the highest degree."
That's the irony... Just like spies, well-trained terrorists can move around inconspicuously. It is us, the normal people with ignorance, or our wise-ass cracks that attracts all the unwanted attention.
Not that we need CIA training, just a little thought and manners should get us out of many problems.