Cabramatta Cultural Identity

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Australia’s multicultural communities provide the country with new sources of cultural heritage. Cabramatta is a cultural community located in south-western Sydney, about 30 kilometers away from Sydney’s central business district. It is well known for being the largest Vietnamese community in Australia. Although it is known as a Vietnamese community, it is one of Australia’s most multicultural post code making it a great example of how multiculturalism can unite different cultures. Cabramatta’s local government, religions and beliefs, and its demographics are some of the many factors contributing to the community’s unique identity. The population of Cabramatta has increased since 2006 as the population was estimated to be 20,780 according to the 2011 Census compared to the population of 19,851 in 2006. Cabramatta has been an ideal area for the Vietnamese community, as well as residents from other Asian or European backgrounds, since the 80‘s. The suburb strongly reflects the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laos cultures, particularly in Cabramatta’s Central Business District (CBD). The majority of these refugees lived in migrant hostels in Cabramatta and surrounding areas. Only 29.4% of the Cabramatta population is born is Australia…show more content…
The distinct cultural identity of Cabramatta is displayed through factors such as Buddhist Temples and cultural festivals. Across the Cabramatta area, there are many Buddhist temples. The Buddhist residence often visit temples on special occasions such as the Lunar New Year, to pray or just for regular visits. On account of the Buddhist population being so dominate in Cabramatta, there are many stores that provides Buddhist incense and prayer books. Many people of Southeast Asian backgrounds are superstitious and older ladies often visit the shopping district to purchase good luck charms, reflecting the community's sense of cultural

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