How are Americans accepted in Australia

Over the last five weeks not only have we looked at the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, but we have also covered Australians in Australia which is only fair, they were here first.

So, it’s the end of the series, surely?

Not so; like a dog with a bone, I never know when to give up. But what else can I possibly have in my “.. in Australia” series? Well, according to Google analytics, this website is read in 196 countries which is pretty cool, because I think that’s all of them. Bottom of that list of countries in terms of readership is the US Virgin Islands, although I do only have one reader from over there.

Who only visited one page.


But could “US Virgin Islanders in Australia” be a post one day? Would I find a US Virgin Islander comedian on YouTube? I doubt it, but with 196 countries to aim at, this series isn’t over yet. Let’s discover together how far we can get.

My biggest readership, top of the pile, is from Australia; we’ve covered that. Second is the United Kingdom, we’ve covered that too. You can find links to all of those posts in last Friday’s article called Who is Australia’s Funniest Comedian?

This week it’s the turn of the third country in my list…

The United States of America

What does Wikipedia say about American Australians…

At the 2006 Australian Census, 71,718 Australian residents declared that they were American-born. Concentrations of American-born residents were in Sydney (16,339), Melbourne (11,130), Brisbane (6,057), Perth (5,558), Adelaide (2,862), and Canberra (1,970). Also at the census, residents could nominate up to two ancestries; 56,283 respondents declared they had American ancestry with 3,901 who declared Hispanic ancestry, 1,798 declared an African American ancestry, 3,936 declared a native North American Indian ancestry and 224 declared Puerto Rican ancestry.

That puts the American population here on a par with the Irish which quite surprised me; the Irish seem to be just about everywhere but I haven’t met too many Americans. Or maybe I just don’t notice the accents as easily.

Do Australians like Americans?

I am often asked if Australians like Americans, or if an American moving to Australia will be ‘accepted’.

The answer is very straightforward and short; Australia is made up of individual people, the US is made up of individual people, no one answer fits all. I can assure you there is no standard set behaviour that an Australian must observe when first meeting an American; we are not taught to roll our eyes when somebody announces they’re from the USA or anything like that.

The simple truth is that some Americans might not be very much liked when they get here just because of what they say and do. On the other hand, some Americans will be absolutely loved, like…

Arj Barker

I first saw Arj Barker on TV when I was still living in England; I remember laughing when he said he fell down an ‘up’ escalator for three days. Arj seems to like Australia a lot as well; apparently he’s toured here something like 11 times.

He seems to be a permanent fixture at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and there is certainly no doubt that his humour is more than accepted by Australians here. It’s safe to say the American humour, or at least some of it, does travel down under.

If you search on YouTube for “Arj Barker Australian slang” top of the pile should be a video called ‘Arj Barker – Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala 2010 ‘.

It’s got too many swear words for me to publish here, but if you don’t mind that kind of thing is well worth a look. Arj talks about Australian snakes and how Australians tell him that snakes are just as afraid of him as he is of them.

Really?” He says

Are you telling me the snakes are sitting up at night Googling me? Is Arj Barker deadly? Can he kill you, is he that deadly? How do I know the good Arj Barker from the bad Arj Barker?

But I’m not going to publish that video, I’m going to go with the cleaner spoken Arj Barker being interviewed on the Australian TV programme, the 7 PM Project.

Here, Arj talks about Australian scientist’s development of the bionic eye…

Next week, will it be stand-up comedy from an Indian in Australia? Or a Canadian? Somalian? Uzbekistanian? Or even a Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesian?

I said we would find out together how far I could get with this, and today we do. Today IS the last in the series. More than two thirds of my audience come from either Australia, United Kingdom or the United States, so we can safely say we’ve covered the bulk of it.

Singaporean (sixth in my list of countries) stand-up comedians either based in or visiting Australia are hard to find on YouTube. We would have never made it to the 196th, so let’s quit while we’re ahead.

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