Yellow pulp avocado and the price of copy-catting part 6 (黄色の果肉のアボカドと猿真似の代償第6)

green avocadoThe avocados you may know are black-skinned and green flesh.  However, in Australia there is green-skinned kind with yellow pulp inside.  You would not guess it from the outside.  Australians are not as predictable either as the world may think they are.yellow pulp

In my last post I mentioned that some Australians would pretend to be English when alone with non-caucasian immigrants.  Americans are no less popular choice of theirs.  One Australian couple stands out in my memory who constantly addressed people as ‘Hey, you guys’ which is typically American greeting.  They referred to America as ‘States’ as if born American.  The couple detested the Australian colonial classic style and renovated their new apartment in a modern style.  Whatever the latest fad that surfaced in America they had to buy into it.  However, their finance situation suddenly or as was expected, turned south and they ended up selling their apartment only a few years after purchase.  The painter who has been featuring in this blog also ended up selling his newly renovated house as he split up from his wife.  Whatever were the reasons for their divorce, the depression he suffered after the English neighbour, whom he had tried so hard to copy-cat, rebuffed him could not have helped.  The price of copy-catting has been devastating.

To make the matter more confusing was those same copy-cat people would trash the English and Americans in the company of other Australians.  I learnt phrases like ‘whinging Poms’ and ‘Arrogant Yanks’ after I arrived here in  Australia,  though I personally think the English are perfectionist and the Americans are simply proud of their great achievements. .   While it is not my business to speculate on their discreet copy-cat behavior, I cannot help but wonder if it is one of many reasons some Australians vent their frustrations out on immigrants they hardly know and that part becomes my business.  To be continued.

通常出回っているアボカドは皮が黒く中は薄緑ですが豪州には緑色の皮に黄色の果肉の種類があります。外から中身は想像しにくいものですがオーストラリア人も一般に思われているより複雑です。

前のブログで非白人系の移民の前では英国人に扮するオーストラリア人の話をしましたがアメリカ人も結構人気です。一番印象に残っているのはあるオーストラリア若夫婦でアメリカ人特有の言い回しを好んで使い、アメリカとは言わずStatesとアメリカ生まれが使う単語を使用。彼らは豪州の植民地時代の趣を残すクラシックな様式を忌み嫌い新しく買ったアパートを現代的なデザインに改築していました。アメリカで流行したものはIPADなど全て買い入れ散財していましたが突然、というか当然、資金ぐりが破綻し買ったばかりのアパートを手放す羽目に。このBLOGで取り上げてきたペンキ屋も隣人の英国人の猿真似を続けた挙句拒絶され鬱になったのが原因かわかりませんが妻と別れて家を売りました。猿真似の代償は大きかったのです。 

紛らわしいことに猿真似をする一部のオーストラリア人も同僚の前では英国人とアメリカ人を中傷するのです。二つの国に対する軽蔑用語もオーストラリアに来て初めて耳にしました。(用語は英文を参照)彼らの心理状態の憶測など僭越ですが、一つだけ感じることがあるのです。町で見も知らない移民を捕まえて罵倒する反捕鯨オーストラリア人の光景は珍しくありませんが猿真似が一原因かもしれないなら私にとって他人事だとは言えなくなるのです。続く

宜しかったら右の鏡の絵をポチッと願います。このブログについては上の黄色のバーに三番目赤りんごの旅路とありますのでポチっとすれば一見脈絡のない流れがつながります。

 

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