I was sceptical of my emotions. Today’s class was about diaspora, the scattering of people of myriad races to a new homeland. They have encountered hardship. Females were being abused, raped and children were traumatized by wars, bombing and guys have to be the first to venture out of their country. Unknown of the world outside, they boldly challenges themselves. Illegally, most of them came to developed countries such as Australia. They travelled by Indonesian Fishing Boat with documents removed, thinking of reaching a quality life and possibly for their family too. In class, we watched a SBS’s documentary, ”Go Back To Where You Came from” Season 1 featuring six Australians’ journey to Australia’s prominent asylum seeker’s home and to Malaysia.
Never knew at the beginning that my own country is a place where most refugees travel towards before embarking towards a place like Australia. The Australians experience immigration raids in Malaysia, try working as illegal workers with no pay and living with the Chin Burmese refugees. Desperate moment of wanting to go home is unachievable for the six Australians as they have to cope with what all these refugees have gone through in order to understand the context of diaspora and cultural differences. There was zero comfort moments but some of them definitely were emotionally affected by the stories told to them. I am doubted as the matter of the fact, these people do not belong here. They are different from the channels that they came with compared to us. Is Australia going to keep them here forever? What are their identities? What are their rights living in a country where they have not registered themselves? However looking at their poor living condition, their past histories and circumstances, it has not been easy for them.
Looking at the ones that have settle down struggle to assimilate and integrate into the new community with eyes of discrimination on them, telling them to go back to where they came from. Basically, they are not welcomed and asylum seekers are the victims rather than someone that exploiting the empathy from the Australia government. Of course some people argue that Australia is trying to bring everyone together rather than forming binaries, encourage the concept of global village. Everyone has stories to tell and there should not be alliances. Sadly, the number of people crossing the border outnumbered what we have expected. Adding onto that, there are more outside of the border. How much more we can actually do to help them? Enforcing the laws of immigration is insufficient and social issues are piling up after the presence of diaspora. Public policy impacting on this mediated Australian spaces by ordering the spaces, disturbed and re-ordered again. Everything becomes a havoc once it began. Media plays a huge responsibility in constructing the public images towards the asylum seekers, but it often depends on personal opinions. Most crucial fact is that people do not understand the dilemmas of these asylum seekers and they do not care whether they have a home. People are mostly individualistic, uncompassionate and selfish. The documentary is definitely raising awareness to Australians or any other people around the world to start reflect that migration movement is inevitable and there is also impossibilities to a systematic ethnic or cultural group in any parts of the world.