A report on the Herald Sun last week, based on the 2008 White Pages, detailed the top 10 most popular surnames in Melbourne. It looks like the Joneses are finding it hard to keep up with the Nguyens right now. Here’s the list:
What does that tell you? We Vietnamese are taking over the world, that’s what! Mwahahaaa…
Then on Sunday I saw an article on The Age, which talked about languages in Australia and the decline of interest in second language courses. It also included a quote about how the Rudd Government
will re-establish an Asian languages and studies strategy for Australian schools. The ALP committed $68.6 million over four years to the study of the priority languages (Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Mandarin and Korean) in high schools in partnership with the states and territories.
Did you read that? Priority languages: Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Mandarin, Korean!
Apparently it’s only important to learn the languages of countries that you can do business with. As for the tongues of the people who actually populate this land? Who gives a toss? The Nguyens & Trans can just pack up their chopsticks and go Bollywood dancing with the Singhs. And they can all sing along in English. Or Japanese.