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Day: October 31, 2016
How is Melbourne today different from in the past?
Melbourne in the 80s, when I was in high school: Very Suburban. High density living did not happen: the Great Australian Dream was a large suburban home with a garden, and only the indigent lived in apartment blocks. Seeing apartments spring up everywhere remains a shock to me. Renting happened, but was something to get […]
Can someone identify as just one of their ethnic backgrounds, though they have multiple ones?
Identity, and indeed ethnicity, are not about blood or DNA or ancestry. Yes, skin colour, as a “visible minority”, is different, particularly in the States; but that’s not the scenario your question puts forward. And even in that case, identity is not about blood. It’s about what your society makes of what you look like. […]