Why do people in Oz not wear shoes?

Is there a shoe shortage in parts of Australia?  It’s one of the most commonly questions asked by tourists, international students and migrants in Australia when they first see perfectly normal looking people walking around the streets barefoot.  But they rarely get to ask these barefoot strangers directly, in case it sounds impolite. And we... Continue Reading →

Eastwood’s couching tiger, hidden dragon

World judo champion Hao Wang migrated from Northern China to Sydney with his wife in 2015, but life wasn’t all smooth sailing. “When I first arrived into Australia, everything was tough. I spoke little English and faced difficulties adapting to a culture that is a stark contrast to mine. I knew nobody and nobody knew... Continue Reading →

My life in three countries

I’m Galyna. I was born in Russia and lived in that country during my childhood and youth. They were terrible years, two world wars and years of destruction, hunger and poverty. When I finished high school, my mum was very ill. I finished a short course to be a nurse, and started work at a... Continue Reading →

A Second Life

I wasn't religious before I migrated to Australia. There were few Koreans in Sydney back then and my life was very gloomy. I was worried about the different language, culture and people, and how to adapt to a new life in Australia. It was like transplanting an old tree, full of dangers. One day I... Continue Reading →

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