America and Americans in Australia

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11
Conclusion:
The Future

In the context of this study, three aspects of the future require final consideration: those Americans who remain in Australia; those Americans who have returned home; and the future of the relationship between America and Australia.


FOR THOSE WHO STAY

Before examining those migrants who go home, a few suggestive results on the future for those who remain can be explored. Certainly a critical element in the decision to remain for American migrants is associated with a belief in the future of their children. Australia is perceived as a safer and more hospitable environment for their progeny, and most American parents do not envisage their children as suffering the split cultural loyalties experienced by Europeans and Asian migrants originating from more divergent cultures. But eventually Australian-raised migrants from American backgrounds will know more about Sir Donald Bradman than about Babe Ruth—some cultural clashes will occur, and ultimately the American migrants will see their offspring mature as Australian adults with different values and speech.

As indicated in Table 11. 1, the overwhelming majority of respondents believed their children to be getting a “fair go”: only 13 respondents, or 4 percent of the total 1993 sample, believed that their children experienced major problems of discrimination. Almost one-half considered their children to have primary Australian identities, with only 16 percent retaining a primary identity as Americans. Overall, 90 percent believed their progeny to have good life oppor-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms xi
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - The Global Context 1
  • 2 - Australia in Historical Context 8
  • 3 - Modern Australia since World War II 33
  • 4 - Why Do People Migrate? 54
  • 5 - American Migration to Australia- World War II to the 1990s 66
  • 6 - Why Do the Americans Come to Australia? 80
  • 7 - Do the Americans like Australia? 99
  • 8 - Cultural Relations 122
  • 9 - The Australia Americans Don’t like 140
  • 10 - How Do American Migrants Adapt to Australia? 153
  • 11 - Conclusion- the Future 179
  • Appendix 191
  • Bibliography 195
  • Index 199
  • About the Authors 205
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