【キャメロンのブログ1】I became an uncle last week! 叔父さんになりました!

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易しい英語で書かれていますので是非読んでみて下さい!

I became an uncle last week!

My sister had a baby boy. His name is ‘Harvey’. He is my parents’ first grandchild. My sister and her boyfriend live near my parents, in Tasmania. Tasmania is called “Tassie” for short.

Here is a picture of my nephew:

I’m tickled pink!

 

 

 

The birth rate in Australia is about 1.8 children per woman – not as low as Japan, but we still need immigration to survive as a country. Immigration has already been a huge part of Australia’s history over the past 200 years. Right now, more than 25% of Australian residents were born overseas! The link shows the ‘top 10’ countries of birth for people now living in Australia:

 

Estimated Resident Population, Australia -Top 10 countries of birth – 30 June 2015(a)(b)(c)

 

Country of birth                     Persons no.                   % of Australian population

UK, CIs & IOM(d)                 1,207,000                         5.1

New Zealand                          611,400                        2.6

China(e)                                   481,800                        2.0

India                                         432,700                        1.8

Phillippines                              236,400                       1.0

Vietnam                                    230,200                       1.0

Italy                                           198,200                        0.8

South Africa                              178,700                       0.8

Malaysia                                    156,500                       0.7

Germany                                    125,900                       0.5

 

(a) Estimates are preliminary – see paragraph 9 of the Explanatory Notes.
(b) Top 10 countries of birth excluding Australia.
(c) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of the proportion of the Australian population are based on unrounded numbers.
(d) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(e) Excludes SARs and Taiwan.

Source:http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3412.0/

 

I’ve been living in Korea and Japan for more than 5 years now. People often ask me ‘What do Australians look like?’ It’s difficult to answer really, except to say that we look like people from all over the world, because that’s what we are!

 

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Most of the Australian guys who become famous actors overseas seem to be this type though.

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Hugh Jackman                 Chris Hemsworth              Sam Worthington

 

So, I guess for most foreign people their idea of a ‘typical’ Aussie man is a fairly big white guy with stubble or a beard.

Anyway, I’m going to visit Tasmania in August! I can’t wait to meet my new little nephew ^_^ It takes a long time to get to Tasmania. The distance from Fukuoka to Tasmania is about the same as from Fukuoka to Seattle, and there are no direct flights.

But luckily, the time difference between Tasmania and Japan is only one hour, so I can Skype my family easily. Hopefully, I can Skype my sister next weekend and say hello to young Harvey.