According to the Chinese zodiac, this year, 2013, is the Year of the Snake.
Very fitting, I think, for us here in Australia.
I did a little research about “The Snake” and found out that ancient Chinese wisdom suggests having a snake in the house is a good sign. I was pretty pleased to discover this, having had a snake in MY house!
Maybe I shouldn’t have shown him (or her, I wasn’t sure) the door?
Any of you who have read my post Australia: A Nation of Immigrants will know that China comes third in a table showing where people who have moved to Australia were originally born. Here are some numbers.
From the 2011 Census:
- Australia’s population – just over 20 million
- Total number overseas born – just under 5.3 million
- Total of Australian population originally born abroad – 26%
- The Chinese-born population of Australia is 319,000 or about 1.5%
- Only the UK at 5.5% and New Zealand with around 2.5% have had more migrants arrive in Australia.
There are “Chinatowns” all over the world, Wikipedia, of course, has a list. It says that in Australia there is a Chinatown in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and here in Brisbane. It tells us the Brisbane Chinatown is in Fortitude Valley, and it is.
But we also appear to have one in Sunnybank; I went there on Sunday to check out their Year of the Snake Carnival. It wasn’t the greatest show on earth…
One of the things that fascinated me though, was the community noticeboard. I’ve seen these in other suburbs before; they are just a piece of wall space where people can stick up a notice to sell something.
It could be a car, furniture, maybe a room to let or even a service. The noticeboard I saw in Sunnybank was bigger and more crowded than most that I’ve seen…
But if you want a good Chinese meal, it’s the place to go.
Me, I had a kebab.