Ethnic Residential Concentration During The Vietnam War And Australia 's Change During Past Migration Policies

1134 Words Jan 12th, 2016 5 Pages
The suburb of Cabramatta has long been known as a highly populated area by Indo-Chinese migrants and influenced manifestly by their culture since the influx of refuges from the Vietnam War and Australia’s change in past migration policies. Cabramatta has been the centre of academic debates and literature since the 1990’s due to the ethnic residential concentration within the one area. Ethnic residential concentration is the large migration of one group from a particular culture to another country and residing within the same area, impacting the cultural landscape. This essay will provide evidence showing that although there are negative aspects in relation to high ethnic residential concentration with in Cabramatta, it is significantly outweighed by the positive aspects. Both photographic evidence and academic literature will draw on these positive functions in relation to the diverse nature of Cabramatta and its multiculturalism.

In 1972, Australia had abolished the White Australia Policy, phased at the short-lived expectations of assimilation and introduced the Multicultural Policy in order to increase population and Australia’s economic growth. Due to this change an estimated 300, 000 Chinese and 200,000 Vietnamese immigrants have resettled within Australia since 1975 through a series of migration programs (Collins 2013 & Coughlan 2008). This impacted Cabramatta drastically during the 70’s as Refugees and migrants found asylum within Australia after the Vietnam War,…

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