While I always want to see a higher number of culturally diverse roles and representations on Australian television and film screens, I also want to see more diversity in these representations. Don't give me a per cent jump in Asian Australian representation on Neighbours , for example, and have those roles be the serving staff at the Waterhole. These kinds of representations and stories are important, and we need to move past the usual stereotypes that have been served up. To give you an idea of how underrepresented non-Anglo characters are on Australian television, Screen Australia's report states: '32 per cent of Australians have a first or second-generation background other than Anglo-Celtic, compared to only 18 per cent of main characters in TV dramas from the last five years' Australian screen diversity.
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Their quiet reserve is interpreted as a lack of ambition. That is just a stereotype according to Annese. Betina Szkudlarek , senior lecturer in Cross-Cultural Management at the University of Sydney, says that the pace and style of Australian conversations is directly contrary to behaviour in many Asian cultures. Likewise, a common complaint against Asian workers is that they lack initiative, a description Szkudlarek believes is hampered by Western-led cultural expectations for employees.
When I was in my second year of university, a stranger approached a friend and me on the streets of Melbourne, asking to photograph us for his website about interracial couples. A little taken aback, we told him we weren't together but had friends that might fit the bill. He went on to explain that many of his friends were Asian men who thought Anglo-Australian women just weren't interested in dating them. His website was his way of showing this wasn't true.