[quote]indigenous Australians were not allowed to be part of the greater aussie community, and therefore, their culture is not seen as mainstream Australian culture, even today. This is unlike the US where "black" culture is an integral part of American pop culture.
To be fair, Aborigines are not of black African descent so the correct comparison would be to Native Americans, who also happen to be marginal in American culture. But it is true the merging of African and European culture not only led to the birth of the Blues, Jazz and Soul in the United States, but also Salsa, Rumba and the carnival culture we see in Latin America. That is the difference with Australia.
[quote]Do you know anything about Australian literature, music, art, etc.? Do you even read literature, go to concerts, watch plays of any kind?
I know the music is not original or unique. Again, they haven't created any new genres or stlyes. They copy everything. They even have a "country music" scene which basically mimics the American genre. The literature isn't world famous, have the produced a Mark Twain, William Faulkner or Flannery O'Conor?
[quote] We do have our own Indigenous Australians and many migrants from the sub-continent, Asia, the Middle East and now Africa. Are all of these people "white" in your opinion?
How have these new immigrants impacted mainstream Australian culture? I'd really like to know.
[quote]27% of the population were born overseas from many, many different countries, ... Obviously we don't have "similar roots". We don't have your evil slavery past, hence we have few citizens of African descent until approx. the last 10 years when we started to accept Sudanese and other refugees from Africa in significant numbers.
What does "significant mean in Australian? You keep mentioning Sudanese refugees but a cursory web search shows the numbers are negligible:
[italic]Sudanese Australians are people of Sudanese ancestry or birth who live in Australia. In the 2006 census, there were [bold]19,049[/bold] Sudanese-born Australian residents, making up [bold]0.1%[/bold] of the population. Many of the Sudanese-born people recorded in the 2006 Australian census had arrived very recently: 77% since 2000. Between 1996 and 2005, the largest increase in Australian people born overseas were Sudanese, at 28% per year. Other fast-growing overseas-born groups were people from Afghanistan (12% average increase per year) and Iraq (10%). Australian residents from sub-Saharan Africa increased on average by 6% per year over this period. [bold]On the 2006 Census 17,848 residents in Australia claimed to have Sudanese ancestry.[/bold] People of Sudanese descent now live in almost every capital city in Australia, particularly Melbourne (5,911), Sydney (5,335) and Perth (1,993)[/italic]
0.1% is hardly "significant". Australia isn't that diverse and I keep hearing of racial animosity, especially with the Lebanese (who, technically, are white).