Identity: Becoming Australian
This chapter is about identity, a sensitive subject in an immigrant country, like Australia. Do immigrants have an identity problem? To what extent should they assimilate in their ways and beliefs to their “new” country? Specifically, how long did it take me to become an “Australian”? Can and should immigrants consciously change identity?
This is a particular issue for Jews in many countries and indeed was so in Germany. But in Australia, the issue has arisen (and possibly arises now) for most non-British immigrants. The pressure from the existing population on non-British immigrants to assimilate very quickly was once extremely strong but has now become moderate. I discuss, also, the identity issue in relation to the difference between German Jews and Jews from Eastern Europe, that is Ostjuden.
- Patai, Raphael, The Jewish Mind, 1977Google Scholar
- Benjamin, Rodney, A Serious Influx of Jews. A History of Jewish Welfare in Victoria, 1998.Google Scholar
- Lack, John and Jacqueline Templeton, Bold Experiment. A Documentary History of Australian Immigration since 1945, 1995.Google Scholar
- Sen, Amartya, The Indian Identity, in The Argumentative Indian, 2006.Google Scholar
- Woodward, Edward, One Brief Interval, 2005. (His autobiography).Google Scholar