IT was with an increasingly heavy heart that I read Caroline Tang's article (examiner, March 28).
I'm sorry to hear of your bad experiences with overt and subtle racism in our region.
I can only say that although I am an Anglo Australian and have lived and worked overseas for substantial periods, I have been struck by the tin ear possessed by large numbers of Anglos despite our often glib pride in our multicultural society since my return to Tasmania in 2004.
I have also often been struck by the way people use language and seem blind to the assumptions that underpin words.
The use of the term Australian - particularly among the young to describe Anglos which implies all those of other backgrounds can never be Australian - I find very disturbing.
Also I am constantly fighting battles with people's use of the word "normal", a very loaded word in my view.
I think Australians are often guilty of a kind of unthinking racism based on the idea of Anglo normality.
Anyway, Caroline, I can only say that since returning, I have met many really good people and I hope you do too over the time that you are here.
Good luck with your work, Caroline, and best wishes.
- MALCOLM REID, Launceston.