I have two homes in this world now. Neither is an entire one, a whole one. In China, I’ve got my parents, my brothers and sister. I have no relatives here. Back in China, I’ve got so many friends, the friends you can share life with. I miss this very much – and also something in the lifestyle you never forget here. Here, I feel lonely. My wife is with me, I’ve got two children, but sometimes I still feel very, very lonely. There are some things, there are some times, you can share only with your friends, or with your brothers or sisters. And then you don’t have to talk sometimes – you know each other, and you enjoy something we don’t have here. Here, the whole atmosphere, the air, the environment, are totally different culturally. Like if you put a fish from this river into that river, maybe she doesn’t know what the exact difference is, but she can feel the whole thing is different.
The old Australia was like a castle, trying to keep out all possible invasion, cultural or physical. Now the nation is on a cultural adventure, is trying to go everywhere, to take a look at the new world outside, in order to know more about this country, to understand it better.
Australians were struggling to define themselves out of a new space, the vastness of a strange country. They wanted to establish a real, unique Australia in the bush. The heroes went to the bush to start a new life. The land exists as a challenge to survival, for adventure and pioneering.