One thing I always liked about Melbourne was how multicultural it was and how far it had come in this regard to when I first arrived there in about 1969. So it was a bit of a culture shock to step back in time by arriving in Sydney. Here are a few things that have been said to me while I have been here.
- An old and wise jewish man from the north shore once said Sydney is not Multicultural, it is cosmopolitan.
- Another man in the Eastern Suburbs said that multiculturalism was dead.
Other people in recent times have tried to tell me that Sydney is multicultural because it has many cultures. I think that they do not understand. Sydney is many cultural, but not multicultural. That it is has many cultures but there is massive segregation between them. They are separate. I think that to be multicultural the cultures need to go into a mixing melting pot to produce something that is both a composite of the ingredients and something more. It is the next stage beyond many cultures.