weeks before flying to the land down under, a warning was brought about by a colleague. he said his cousins couldn't stand australia because of racism. i was too excited to pay much attention to that and never really thought id encounter such in just few days.
in sydney, second day into the trip, while walking towards the bus stop near elizabeth street, we heard somebody shouting. "fuck you asian whore. go back to indonesia." across the street, a white man alongside a group of students, were trying to make their way to our side. two of the students were asian looking. the man continued yelling derogatory remarks, so loud that we could still hear him even if we were about 15 meters away.
i wanted to shout back at him. an indian looking guy nearby also wanted to retort but his girlfriend stopped him. i guess all asians within the vicinity somehow had a reaction. the racist disappeared into the underground walkway before somebody could make a move.
i remembered the warning and i contemplated on whether or not i can take some. the racial attack, shocked me. but nothing can be more shocking than seeing the man again upon boarding the bus. saw him pick up and smoked the cigarette butt that an "asian" threw to the side.