Theory Of Ethnic Nurture
Australia’s ethnic history, is a factor that is theorised to impact the preference of a romantic companion. Though the nurturing techniques adapted from the macro Government, implemented into the meso communities, the micro level is individually effected in evolving their own ideas towards race; later impacting their decision of a romantic partner. In the midst of this journey, a further historical recount of Australia’s ethnic history is explored. How have our ancestors impacted our preference of romantic companion?
Australia was introduced to the first non-indigenous people in the 1600?. The Europeans. This migration followed through to 1788 when the First Fleet arrived, accompanying roughly 60 nationalities, still mostly from European descent. Bringing great danger to the natives of Australia, the Indigenous were killed, segregated from their natural environment and forced to live the ‘Australian way’. This resulted to the loss of their people and heritage. Even though racism populated the Australian community, there were many incidences of intercultural dating, where the children with multiple cultures originated.
Australia? history of intercultural romantic partners had begun. Although was considered taboo until 1960 when the first inter-racial marriage occurred. Before and even after this milestone, it was continually considered the societies conventions for the males to abuse the Indigenous Australian women. This resulted to the production of inter-racial offspring, as a result to their rape and mindset, that they need to distinguish any signs of Aboriginal culture. This unromantic connection towards intercultural dating, unveils the psychological response the First Settlers obtained, for their ethnicity to survive on a new land, already populated with it’s Indigenous people.
The mid – late 1800? introduced more diverse cultures to Australia, through the immigration of more Europeans and Asians. The integration of a wide variety of cultures caused negative social impacts on the culture with uncommon appearance, as they were viewed as a threat in maintaining the Caucasian appearance. Ultimately this fear caused the continuance of racism.
This socially constructed concept has resonated through history, claiming one’s higher ethnic status over the other. The Australian society was nurtured to accept this social conflict of race, and was rarely testified due to societies easily adaptable nature to conform. It greatly impacted a gradual change of inter-racial couples, through the globalisation of ethnicities which created more exposure between race’s.
Racism had controlled most of the Australian societal values, in which it was included in government processes to create a more ideal culture from the majority of the Caucasian population. The rise in immigration lead to the implementation of the Australian Government management plans, to avoid more non-European immigrants from entering the country. These included the Dictation Test in 1890, and the White Australia Policy in 1900. Both were highly difficult in order for foreign people to enter the country and were later abolished from it’s backlash from the public.
These imprints in Australian history were able to change the views of the society experiencing these developments in time. This may explain the continued manipulation of the different ethnicities’ social, cultural and historical identity; which have effected the publics preconceived ideas of each race. Surprisingly I received responses from my questionnaire, which all followed the similar direction to one of the participants, “I don’t care what ethnicity anyone is”. This indicated a sense of fear that the individual would discriminate against race, as I asked for a generalised idea on their perceptions of dating amongst other races. These responses are evident of the Australian community subconsciously acknowledging there are negative effects of ethnic discrimination within dating, but its ignorance continues to negatively impact a change in this issue.
Evident in Australian history whilst both genders of the first settlers were disgusted by the non-caucasian appearing people, the females kept their distance, whilst the men reproduced from their primal instinct. This creates the idea that from the personality differences within male and female, more intercultural relationships occurred within males. The process of history, including ethnic differences, revealed the female loss of empowerment when finding a mate. Within’Insight: Dating Race’, Jennifer Lundquist further highlights, “lesbians look very similar to white men in racial preferences, that is being more open racially. Whereas gay men look much more similar to straight women, in being less open to racial groups.” This was suggested by the uneven ratio of more males to females, creating a more diverse range of people for heterosexual females and homosexual males. Whilst there would be a more narrow range of people for heterosexual males and homosexual females.
Within the contemporary society, the Australian Government continues to fail to identify their faults in history and ignore their racial discrimination. Whilst researching for Australia’s history of racism, there was a minor amount that was able to be displayed online, emphasising the ignorance of acknowledging the wrongs in history. “Our political, economic and legal systems are not objective, and values equal. They are racialised systems”, Jonathan Sri. Australia’s multiculturalism lacks the racial recognition it needs to combat the developed modern racism, which effects the Australian preference of dating companion. Sri follows this sentence claiming that Australians have a “flawed ideology that you can fight racism simply by acting as though race doesn’t exist”. He extends the notion of the ignorance of race, ironically since the 1970’s, when multiculturalism became a policy. “It replaced the initial policy approach of assimilation”. Karen Farquharson supports this notion within ‘Date My Race’, “from 1970’s we have not collected that kind of data, and that means that we don’t have an agreed racial classification system here”. These references collectively suggest, by not creating an awareness of different nationalities, Australia’s ignoring obvious racial discrimination, and evokes less empathetic responses amongst the fair skinned Australians; who unknowingly obtain ‘white privilege’.
Whilst discovering this perspective, I questioned whether this was the core problem. If everyone is included together, and not claimed to be different to being Australian, doesn’t that mean there is more acceptance between ethnicities? However an interviewee challenged me to believe that creating more ‘awareness’ is a positive approach as “it show’s that we care” about other nationalities. I came to the conclusion that we ignore ethnicities, but are proud of our ethnic diversity. This is acknowledged when Sri mentions “meritocracy is a fiction”, in which we tell, to act as if our past history with racial discrimination is redeemed. Australia’s ‘blinded’ racism evidently impacts one’s dating preferences, if the community clearly continues to racially discriminate between one another. It further creates implications for the variety of ethnic communities within Australia and on the individual as this issue continues.
This is simultaneously enhanced by the projected appearances of different ethnicities within media, that powerfully influence Australian audiences. A conducted content analysis of news on television, unveiled the display of mainly predominantly ‘white’ presenters and news stories. If other ethnicities were displayed, they were depicted in neutral to negative stories, which were applied with stereotypical background music. This varied between ethnicities in creating the tone for the race being displayed. For example Chinese ethnicities contained their traditional music in the background for comedic relief, whilst Lebanese Australian’s had dark dramatic background music for warning. These factors, greatly influence it’s Australian audience in creating stereotypical views of different ethnicities, and one’s choice of romantic partner.
Reminiscing on my childhood, I now realise how the nurturing of ‘white’ Australian culture was highly ingrained into me. I believed I had fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. Gradually I became aware of my appearance by primary school, although I couldn’t understand why I had the opposing looks of tanned skin, brown eyes and black hair. At one point it made me worry if I was not Australian or attractive anymore. These issues are aware within contemporary society and clearly range from a wide variety of ages.
There is a clear link between the ethnic history of Australia and our individual dating preferences, from the continuing racism that has been nurtured into the Australian culture. We have a cyclic nature of ignoring race and bringing forth the issue of race, although it has resulted to the confusion on where Australian’s stand with multiculturalism. This evokes the preconceived ideas of differing ethnicities, which is implemented in one’s choice of romantic partner.