Dark Red shadows poem

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(Vietnamese-luc-bat-style poem)

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My thanks, you take me in,
Give me freedom akin to gold.
Government who uphold,
Human rights and untold fairness.
A country that’s classless,
Democracy, frankness and care,
Are best practiced affairs,
Plus racism just dare not grow.

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by Christopher Chan.

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The imported and the favoured workers

It was no surprise that the managers favoured only employees from the same country as them.

It was no surprise that the managers favoured only employees from the same country as them.

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It wasn’t encouraging to hear the new manager threaten “restructuring” when staff were unlikely to meet an impossible deadline. Everyone returned from the meeting with the manager with a blackened demeanour.

Recently, staff had felt their jobs were threatened, as the company was changing workplace technology and had cut jobs to tighten the budget. Work with the old technology was going to stop next month. Half the staff already had received nothing to do for weeks. Several dozens were let go just a few months before by this very manager. There had not been talk of training with new technology for staff. People were distressed and anxious, but still had to work their best to achieve the goal. A few staff were successful in getting jobs elsewhere and left. But wait there’s more!

The deserted neighbourhood’s related information

The Huey Fong which carried over 3,300 passengers of ethnic Chinese in Hong Kong harbour December 1978. (Picture taken from http://thewangpost.com/interview-don-lao-author-i-became-the-boat-people/)

The Huey Fong which carried over 3,300 passengers of ethnic Chinese in Hong Kong harbour December 1978. (Picture taken from http://thewangpost.com/interview-don-lao-author-i-became-the-boat-people/)

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In 1978, the Vietnamese Communists wanted to get rid of ethnic Chinese who could become a Trojan horse inside Vietnam as the war with China loomed large. But wait there’s more!

The glare of racism!

I have come to accept racism in this country in exchange for freedom after escaping from the Vietnamese Communists.

I have come to accept racism in this country in exchange for freedom after escaping from the Vietnamese Communists.

Comments about this post on ABC Open DRUM – Casual Racism.

Arriving in Australia from a Malaysian refugee camp in April 1984, I stayed at a six-bedroom parish house in Burwood, Victoria together with thirteen other Vietnamese refugees. On Christmas Day that year, when I was alone in the house, the parish priest took me along to an Australian parishioner’s house and I had my very first Australian Christmas lunch there. It was a frosty lunch as no one spoke a word to me. More than thirty years later, I still wonder why those Australians were cold to me. But wait therre’s more!