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2022 Edition

Being
Chinese
in Australia

Public Opinion in Chinese Communities

Introduction

More than 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage live in Australia today. Their experiences are as diverse as their views; many were born in Australia, with lineages that span generations of Australian history. Others have migrated more recently from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Chinese-Australian communities have flourished and contributed to many aspects of Australian life.

The Lowy Institute’s Multiculturalism, Identity and Influence Project conducted its second nationally representative poll of Chinese-Australians at the end of 2021. Respondents were asked about their perspectives on life in Australia, and views on a wide range of issues — from foreign influence and relationships with China, to systems of government and pride in Australian life and culture. There is both continuity and divergence when these sentiments are compared to the broader Australian population, and the views of those of other diaspora communities.

More about this survey and methodology.

For the purposes of reporting the results of the survey, all respondents are referred to as Chinese-Australians. The respondents were all Australian citizens, permanent residents or long-term visa holders who self-identified as having Chinese heritage. The authors note that some respondents did not identify as Chinese-Australian, but preferred to be considered Chinese, Australian or Australian-Chinese.