We pride ourselves on our generosity and the diversity of our society. Walking down our city streets we are surrounded by difference.
But how do we feel when difference moves in next door? Or sits next to us on the train or in the classroom?
Someone looks at you, says something to you, or turns away making you feel anxious, threatened and alone. Or you see it happen to someone else and you feel uncomfortable, angry and powerless.
Experience another point of view. You might even see yourself.
Download the Ibrahim's point of view video
Have you seen or experienced this kind of scenario before? How would you react? How did it make you feel?
I feel different when people look at me and they kind of like assume things about me that aren’t true. And they’ve got that squinty kind of eye and they think you’re really suss. Sen Jayaweera, Melbourne, 2010
Why didn’t I say anything? Fear. Not fear of an awkward social situation – but fear for our physical safety in a situation involving racial aggression. All but one person in the [train] carriage strongly disapproved of what happened – but no one could speak up until the guy left. Tim Watts, government and telco adviser and blogger, Melbourne, 2010
To share your response use the Comments Box at the bottom of this page. Selected written responses will be shown on our website.
We love receiving comments, but can’t always respond.
I am proud to be english, not enough people are.
Hi Ian - For current citizenship questions, you'll need to ask the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
To read the latest tweets from @immigration_mv
Follow Immigration Museum on
Hi. My mother in law migrated to oz in 1959 with her father, mother and 2 sisters and stayed for 4 years. We have records of them being here but are unsure if t...