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Why are Indian students being attacked in Australia?

The Autralians are claiming that its not racism

In fact, one Tim Colbach, columnist for the The Age claims that Indian TV needs to stop whipping up hysteria because there are far more killings of Indians in India than in Australia, and India has dowry deaths too!! So let some common sense reign, eh? Kids? If you don't know what derailing is? There is a classic example. Indian blogger Madhavi brings the subject back on track

And then Mr. Colbach pulls out two instances of Australians murdered in India over a ten year period. You all do it too!!!

Nevermind that in 2008, at least FIFTY ONE foreign exchange students, nearly HALF of them Indians, were killed. Never mind that coroners were deliberately suppressing and under reporting murders. What I want to know is...What were the stats in 2009?

Date: 2010-01-13 03:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-01-13 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengi.livejournal.com
It already bugged me when Australians started angrily respondoing to criticism of that KFC ad with the old, "You're reading it by foreign standards" which was code for "Australian's can't be racist..." as if, y'know there's no history of bigotry towards people of color which that ad could draw upon.

Date: 2010-01-13 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cobecat.livejournal.com
"Australia has reason to worry about the attacks too. Education is the country's biggest export - after coal and iron ore - and international students contribute $13bn to the Australian economy every year. Australia, by one estimate, could easily lose $70m because of the attacks."

What the FUCK. This is, in the entire article, the only stated reason why Australia should care about these attacks. Yeah, it'd be a real damn shame if you LOST INCOME because PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED, wouldn't it?

Date: 2010-01-17 12:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ardhra
Minor point, but it's an important one: the students these issues affect aren't foreign exchange students, they're international students. Difference being that international students complete their entire degree program in the country, and exchange students are usually only here for one semester or up to one year. International students are far more vulnerable in terms of violations of their rights as tenants, workers, etc because of their greater dependency on income earned while here, and because they generally come from much poorer countries.

Date: 2010-01-19 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unusualmusic.livejournal.com
thanks for the clarifications


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