Australian Culture

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...
 
Food and Meals
  • Dining

    • Leave some food on your plate during each course of a meal to honor the generosity of your host. It is bad manners for a Chinese host not to keep refilling guests' plates or teacups.​

General Mindsets
  • Openness and acceptance 

Greetings

  • Shake hands upon meeting

Body Language

  • Australians

Dress

  • You should wear conservative, simple, and modest clothing 

Diversity

  • Although Australia is a predominantly Christian country with about 52% of all Australians identifying as Christian, there is no official state religion. People in Australia are free to practice any religion they choose, as long as they are not breaking the law. Religions from all over the world are practiced in Australia, demonstrating its cultural diversity. Most universities and communities in Australia have facilities and places of worship for all types of faith, so international students in Australia should contact their international student officer about facilities at their educational institution

  • Australia has no official language, but the majority of the population speaks English as a first language. According to the 2016 census, 73% of people in Australia spoke only English at home, even including a large number of first- and second-generation migrants. Australian English has a distinctive accent and vocabulary. Because people from about 200 countries around the world have migrated to Australia, there is a vast collection of languages spoken in the country. Other languages spoken in Australia include Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, and Greek. It is believed that at one time, there were almost 400 Australian Aboriginal languages, but now only 70 of these languages have survived, and all but 30 are endangered. One indigenous language is still the main language for about 50,000 Aboriginal people in Australia.

Gifts

  • Present gifts with both hands​​

Language
Chinese people may sound angry when speaking Chinese, but they usually aren’t
History
  • Indigenous Australians, or Aboriginals, are the original inhabitants of the continent
    • Great diversity between indigenous communities
    • Most aboriginals are urbanized now, but 22% live in remote settlements
    • These settlements are often located on the sire of former church missions.
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Wikipedia: History of Australia
Wikipedia: Chinese Literature
Famous Australians
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Politeness
  • People will squeeze through or reach across you without saying anything

Social Interactions

  • Chinese equivalent to American friendly small talk between strangers doesn't exist

Personal Hygiene

  • Shower daily

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Being a Foreigner 

  • Foreigners are still quite foreign in many parts of town

 

Other Helpful Hints

  • Chinese people find "no" difficult to say so they may say "maybe" or "we'll see" in order to

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