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NEWS: Einladung zu einem Australischen Abend: "Things to know about Australia"
Ich lade Sie hiermit herzlich zu einem Australischen Abend ein, um bei einem Glas australischen Wein und Käse zusammen mit meiner Mitarbeiterin Friederike Forsting, in entspannter Atmosphäre über Land und Leute zu plaudern. Frau Forsting ist erst vor einigen Wochen von einem mehrmonatigen Studienaufenthalt in Down Under zurückgekehrt und wird aus ihren persönlichen Erfahrungen berichten.
Und übrigens, Sie benötigen für diesen Abend keine Englischkenntnisse, wir können uns gerne in deutscher Sprache unterhalten.
Ich freue mich auf Sie!
Besuchen Sie mich auf der Frauennetzwerk-Messe am 19. März 2017 in Lippstadt.
Und noch ein Termin!
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International Corner: Australian mentality
In the 1957 movie They're a Weird Mob, Nio Cullotta said,
"There is no better way of life in the world than that of the Australian. I firmly believe this. The grumbling, growling, cursing, profane, laughing, beer drinking, abusive, loyal-to-his-mates Australian is one of the few free men left on this earth. He fears no one, crawls to no one, bludgers on no one, and acknowledges no master. Learn his way. Learn his language. Get yourself accepted as one of him; and you will enter a world that you never dreamed existed. And once you have entered it, you will never leave it."
Although a work of fiction, it was perhaps one of the best introductions to the Australian character ever written. A relative absence of formality coupled with conformity to a few basic values has left many Australians with a degree of mental freedom that is unparalleled in the world.
The basic rules of Australian social etiquette do not relate to how a fork should be held, or who should be served first at a dinner table. Instead, most of Australia's rules relate to expressing equality. Basically, as long as you appreciate that Australians want to be treated as equal irrespective of their social, racial or financial background, anything is acceptable.
Displays of wealth may be seen as signs of superiority and frowned upon accordingly. Likewise, the acceptance of generosity may be seen as a sign of bludging or inferiority and may be frowned upon.
The relaxed attitude of Australians has been known to cause problems. Because Australians are difficult to offend, they are not sensitive to causing offence in others. To outsiders, Australians often appear very blunt and rude. They tend to call a spade a spade when perhaps more tact is required.
Furthermore, because Australians see people as equal, they frequently offend international visitors who feel a more respectful attitude is warranted. For example, Australians may refer to some foreigners as "mate" instead of using more respectful titles such as your honour, sir, madam, mrs, mr, ms, lord, and your highness. Likewise, cricketer Dennis Lillee expressed his egalitarian sentiments when he greeted Queen Elizabeth using the words:
"G'day, how ya goin'?"
In Dennis' mind, he was just treating the Queen as an equal. Afterall, it wasn't her fault that she couldn't play cricket. Nor was she responsible for her subjects being terrible cricket players. But to many English people, Lillee's expression of equality was the act of an upstart buffoon.
It is not only the Poms who have found Australian egalitarianism a little confronting. In 1980 a Japanese prefecture sponsored a weekend seminar to discuss problems that Japanese people might experience in Australia. One speaker, Hiro Mukai, stated:
"Australians appear very naive to the newly-arrived Japanese. They speak the same way with everyone."
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