THE GLOBAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CITIZENSHIP AND INTEGRATION IN THE GLOBAL CITY
CABRAMATTA HAS BECOME HOME TO THE LARGEST VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA AS WELL AS HOME TO MANY OTHER MINORITIES FROM ASIA AND EUROPE. RENOWN FOR ITS VIBRANT FOOD SCENE THis MURAL symbolizes THE COLORFUL AND ENERGETIC NATURE OF "CABRA" AS IT IS KNOW BY LOCALS AND IS AN EXAMPLE SUCCESSFUL MULTICULTURALISM AND SUPERDIVERSE COMMUNITy.
In the “visibly ethnic” (Krase and Hum 2007) areas of Western Sydney with the highest levels of new immigrant populations, the poverty rates amongst the white working class is also highest. Ensuing from the global trend of outsourcing manufacturing jobs, poor social-economic mobility and general lack of social resources tensions between poor white working class and new immigrants are a common feature of the “global neighborhood” (Krase and Hum 2007). Often racial in nature these tensions are exaggerated by a sensationalized media eager to cash in on the “culture clash" while fueling fears of segregation and “un-Australian" communities. While many challenges exist, these global neighborhoods present a unique opportunity for native and immigrants to experience and interact each other’s cultures and genuinely create inclusive multicultural communities. Upon reflecting on my own experience of the global neighborhood in Cabramatta, I find these fears to be largely unfunded. What I witnessed was a local community made of global citizens from different cultures and ethnicities living and thriving together in an inclusive environment. Not only does the global neighborhood work, it may also lay down the framework to rethink notions of citizenship and Australian identity.