In Australia I visit the local Polish community. Mainly generation that has emigrated from Poland over thirty years ago. They have families here, children, houses, their own businesses. They live here. For most of them it is difficult to answer the question whether they feel more as Polish or as Australians. There usually answer that they are both, that they are in the middle. Most of them feel the need to keep in touch with Poland, but only from the distance. Almost no one -with those who live here at least a few years- wants to return to Poland. However, they compensate (nothing wrong with that) the need of connection with Poland by taking care of polish culture and tradition. I have never experienced such Śmigus-Dyngus (polish tradition when on the second day of Ester you pour water for everyone) as in Perth, I’ve never seen so many people genuinely interested in polish folk culture. I was even on a meeting of local polish dancing group, where in the sounds of Golec uOrkiestra and other polish songs such as „My Slavs”, Polish-speaking Australians were worming up before dancing Mazurek, Krakowiak or other Kujawiak … I do not know much about these folk dances but it was nice to look at those smiling faces of those young people. This new generation of children of Australian immigrants is really great. They are positive, smiling, open minded. They think about Poland almost only in positive way, with pleasure and positive emotions. They do not see any negative sides. Many of these young men and women in the future will get married. It’s a common phenomenon here. Pole marries Pole. Polish Australian marries Polish Australian. Australian Pole marries Australian Pole. In the end, we all like people similar to us – this simple psychological phenomenom of similarly, often happens among the Australian Polish community.
I like their „Australian-Polish” language in which they speak. They put polish words into English and vice versa. Apart of that, as all residents of Australia (which at the beginning I couln’t understood at all because of the Aussie accent), they often use the word „jejeje” which in their case means the confirmation which replaces the word „yes.” It’s cute and lovely 🙂
In general, I feel that the local residents of polish emigrants are more polish than the Poles 🙂 It’s a fairly common phenomenon among immigrants. They follow what is happening in the country and most of them can not believe what they see in their’s TVs… They are critical. Those who live here for years and who are „succeeded” (and succeeded mostly because of the fact that the country is young and with proper effort everyone could relatively easy enter the market and earn good money) would never come back to Poland. They prefer observing Poland from a distance. Once again this confirms the way of thinking (which I support) that: Poland is cool but only from a distance …
Of course-as always- I must emphasize that what I have written here is very subjective. You must remember that I haven’t spoken with all local Polish people here. I haven’t spoken with those who left Australia because obviously they are simply not here. I describe what I heard from local residents, who live here and with whom I spoke.
When you will be traveling you will get your own experience… Maybe you already have completely different observations… In the end, each of us sees and evaluates the world in her/his own way. Mine is the one you can read here 🙂
In the photo you can see my Australian „almost family” from Perth – Alice, John, Martin, Elle-Anna and Emily. For over thirty years, John and Alice are having their own patisserie business. I swear I have never eaten better donuts then the one from them!
I want to thank them very very much, with all my heart, for their warm welcome and for showing me so much local Australian world <3 Thank you! *