What Americans Believe About Australia
I suppose one could say that Australia, like many other countries, has been linked to certain stereotypes within books, movies, and other media. That’s no surprise–people like to have their thoughts about a place and usually stick with them. Today, I’d like to explore some of these preconceived notions about Australia. Some may have the truth behind them, but others are probably far from true! If any of my readers are from Australia or have ever been there, please feel free to comment with your thoughts.
AUSTRALIA HAS DEADLY ANIMALS EVERYWHERE YOU TURN!
When you mention Australia to most Americans, one of the first things they will often comment on is how there are so many types of animals there that can kill you, and in fact, they are waiting at every turn–even in your home! To be fair, for such a small land mass, Australia does have a rather concentrated amount of venomous and otherwise dangerous creatures. Between snakes, spiders, sharks, and crocodiles, there’s plenty to be frightened of Down Under. But using good observation skills and being vigilant in nature will go a long way. Don’t be surprised to find huge spiders in your house though :O
AUSTRALIA IS HOME TO ANTIQUATED AND SHELTERED ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
Aborigines are the indigenous people of Australia, who were occupying the continent tens of thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. While there are certain thoughts Americans would have about the Aborigines, mostly from films, most of them are not true. Though there are surely those groups who are still hasty to adapt to the modern world, for the most part Aboriginal people of Australia are technologically involved. Playing the didgeridoo still sounds really cool after all this time though.
AUSTRALIA IS A DESOLATE, DESERT LAND
I can easily see how this would be the first thought for many American citizens–nearly every movie about Australia takes place in the stark looking Outback. This is also definitely a partial truth, because the continent is home to TEN separate desert areas. They are full of diverse species of plants and animals. But, there are also other sides to the country, such as lush beaches, and city and cultural centers such as Sydney. These cities and metropolitan areas are often the hubs of Australia’s economy. Everyone can picture the famous Sydney Opera House, right?
AUSTRALIA HAS WILD KANGAROOS GALORE!
I can admit, I really just want this one to be true, and judging by the fact that there are actual “Kangaroo Crossing” signs in Australia, I have faith that it is–and I will just leave it at that.