Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert
If that isn't an insult, then what is it?
I think he meant that due to being in Australia, thus closer to China, there is more coverage, more media and more accuracy with regards to information about China..... which would be the same if I moved to Japan, or somewhere else not too far away.
Like how Canada gets a lot of coverage and media information from the US & Mexico (cuz they're right next door), Australia covers a lot of information and media from the rest of Asia. There is more exposure to their countries and their cultures.
It's not so much a fault of North America for not covering a lot of info on countries in the Asia/Pacific area, anymore than it's Australia & New Zealand's fault for not covering a lot of information on Canada or Mexico.
I noted Canada and Mexico, cuz not many here in Australia know much about Canada..... and some here thought Mexico was somewhere in South America, like next door to Brazil....
It's just something every country seems to do. You focus on your nearby neighbors and get well informed on them as much as possible due to them possibly impacting or influencing your way of life, while those on the other side of the planet are just places you only need the jist of.... regardless if it's accurate or not.
I think what China meant by me being lucky I left Canada, was only in regards to this information that was tossed on free-to-air TV for all to watch.... where something like this show would probably only be tossed onto Discovery Channel or the National Geographic Channel back in Canada, if at all.
Though it'd be nice if here in Australia, they'd have a few shows talking a bit more about Canada or other countries in the Americas. I didn't note the US, only because they're covered everywhere you go in the world anyways.... hell, I can still watch CNN here.
Oh and for the record, both my wife and I are thinking of heading back to Canada some time down the road.... there are many many similarities between the nations, yet each has their pros and cons.... some cons would be pros for some Canadians, and vice versa where some pros would be cons..... and same as Australians looking at Canada.
But I've only been here for just over a year now, while my wife stayed in Canada for 3..... it's only fair that I give Australia an equal chance before we make a final decision.
It is a bit more of a nanny state than Canada..... the main thing is the contradictions where teens are giving a drivers license and allowed to drink at the same time, yet claim the #1 killer on their roads are speeders, so there's speed cameras all over the place and if you go so much as 3kmh over the speed limit, you're in crap.
I liked how back in Nova Scotia, you had a 10kmh lee way before Cops started to look at you.
Smoking restrictions are a little more slack than in Canada in some ways, but at the same time, they're trying to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes, where every pack would be a cardboard barf-brown with plain text written on the front for the brand name..... cuz apparently the colours and logos attract mindless children, and if they're plain and boring, people will magically not want to smoke anymore.
..... perhaps they should take a look at how many in Canada smoke those big bags of cigarettes from reserves. No logos or fancy packaging there.
Man... even their dope is more expensive.
Most of their news media have a bit of a US spin to things, in that they have a much more level of bias in reports compared to say CTV, CBC or Global.
Sure CBC and CTV have their own bias spin on things, but it's subtle in comparison.
There's a few other things that are a little odd to me, but there are also many good things and benefits here in Australia compared to Canada.
Perhaps in another two years, I'll be able to weigh it all and we can decide which country we'll call home.
Considering we had our first born in early December (surprise, never mentioned that before here) we'll try and determine where we'll live before he's old enough for school.
Lucky for him, he's already a Dual Citizen of both nations.... an International Man of Mystery.
Last edited by Praxius; Jan 23rd, 2012 at 06:59 PM..