Chinese Immigrant Says Use English For Shop Signs In Sydney

The government has been called upon by an Asian immigrant to ban Chinese language shop signs in Sydney, Australia.

The man believed to be in his 60’s said the shop signs seem useless to many English-speaking Australians especially around Sydney’s Chatswood.

He tells the ABC’s The Link program, “They use Chinese language where nobody understands.”

“I strongly recommend that the government use English for all the signs on the streets.”

When asked by Stan Grant about banning Chinese writing on shop signs in Sydney, the man stated: “Certainly.”

“When you like to stay in this country, you try to learn to read and speak in English,” he said.

“You try to obey its laws when you come here.”

When interviewed on Sydney’s North Shore, a young woman from Africa who relocated to Australia disapproved that immigrants needed to study English.

“They should never label when someone wants to study English. If she likes it, she should feel comfortable with it. If you want to study English, learn it as a choice, and not something imposed.”

The woman became a citizen some four years ago and said she never learned English when she arrived in Australia. It issomehow unfair to impose on people to studyEnglish.

“If you want to live in a community you are comfortable with, like the Chinese community, then you’re your option to reside there,” she said.

A Laotian migrant who migrated to Australia last 1975 to evade communism, showed her support to Immigration Minister’s plan to become new Australians after four years.

“When I arrived in Australia, I had to wait three years to become its citizen. When I surpassed three years, I was so happy that I became a citizen of this country,” she said.

“So why not allow people to wait and appreciate being approved as an Australian citizen.”

She teasingly said 42 years in Australia however didn’t change her Asian appearance. She also disapproved having the Chinese language banned especially on shop signs in Sydney as it wasn’t fair.

Her Vietnamese friend, who relocated in Australia when she was a teenager in 1968, jested about her English speaking and writing skills, which she still needs learning and improvement.