Citizenship Ceremonies


I read this and thought it was funny.

The next step is a citizenship ceremony which I had imagined to be quite an emotional, identity-shaping event until a friend did hers and described a very amateur, polystyrene map of Australia sticky-taped to the wall, and watching Tasmania slowly peel off and fall to the floor as the mayor made his speech. If something similar happens at mine Ill laugh, and everyone else will too, for that is what it means to be Australian – not being too up ourselves, and having a laugh, and not taking things too seriously. And I should really learn the words to Advance Australia Fair, but it seems a lot more Australian to not know them.

From “Who am I?” A zine about identity
Phiona Stanley


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