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Is the future of Australia’s ‘Asian invasion’ dystopian or utopian?

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CHINA’s rise as a global power is driving new flows of people, ideas and capital between China and Australia. Australian cities need to adapt to this new geopolitical reality.

For some, these changes promise new opportunities to fulfil a “vision of being a land of increased opportunity, prosperity and fairness”. Others see Asian “invasion” and “takeover” as a threat to Australia’s white identity and political system.

A new collection of articles demonstrates that the impact of the Asian Century on Australian cities defies both dystopian claims of a “Chinese takeover” and utopian visions of a harmonious urban multiculturalism.

Linda Jakobson, CEO of China Matters, on Australia’s relationship with China.
City Road Podcast, CC BY32.4 MB (download)

Changing settlement patterns

The profile of migrants who arrived from mainland China since 2000 is changing. They are more highly skilled, educated and investment-focused than earlier migrants.

Their settlement patterns in Australia are also changing. Sydney is still home to half of all China-born migrants in Australia. However, the proportion of migrants settling in other capital cities is increasing.

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In Sydney in 2001, China-born residents represented over 10 percent of the population of only three suburbs. A decade later, the number of such suburbs had risen to 22.

Smaller increases were evident in Melbourne (from one suburb in 2001 to seven in 2011) and Brisbane (zero to four).

However, Hurstville was the only Australian suburb in 2011 where China-born........

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