Monday, 30 June 2014

Great China has landed! (中華系の豪州旋風)

China RepublicThe unprecedented housing boom boiling in Australia was initiated by the wealthy mainland Chinese who would pay millions even billions to buy up Sydney properties.  They are only allowed to buy new buildings, but their bidding power has pushed up the price beyond the reach of most Australians.  It did not end there.  The hike in the price of new buildings has also pushed up the old properties and the price has not doubled but increased by four folds since 25 years ago.  The rent has gone astronomical that young people are forced to borrow money from their parents to buy a mediocre house while locking themselves till their 80’s to pay off the loan.  This is however is an old news as Japanese media has caught on and ran an article about it with a  serious warning.   But even the journalist of the article seems not aware of its dire effects on the people of Australia.

The cost of living has jumped up accordingly but the pension of retired people remain the same.  They used to eat out at nice restaurants but lately I see them at cheap ethnic restaurants bringing with them their own cheap wine to give a modest meal some desperate flair.  Young homeless who can’t even afford that…well I saw one of them striking the window of a Thai eatery with a stick while young Chinese girls and boys step out of their new expensive mansion to attend a private prestigious school looking utterly relaxed and sure of themselves.  

A humongous restaurant called Republic of China has opened near China Town in Sydney. I had to pay $11 for a bottle of water and I here upload the meals for which I paid over $40, drinks NOT included. Tofu soup
                                                                                                                                                 Tofu soup


Peking meat balls                                                                                                                               Peking fried meatballs

Peking noodle

                                                                                                                                        Peking Dried noodle


Now,let’s compare with the lunch I paid the same amount in Chinatown Yokohama Japan in the same month.  Cold plum drink included.


yokohama drink

seafood salad

 

Sea food salad of the season

steam goodies

                                                                                                         Steamed chicken and perfumed rice dumpling

soup

Vegetable soup made with medical herbs

prawn dish

Prawn dish

fried pork plum perfumed

Pork fed with plums, marinated and fried crisp

desert

Strawberry and coconut pudding and Herbal Jelly

chinese beauty tea

Beauty Chinese tea included in the lunch course

Taste wise they are both great as they are both cooked by Chinese, but cost performance is infinitely better in Japan because you get 6 dishes instead of 3 in Sydney.  Or rather Sydney has become a city that is no longer kind to the weak and the old. Even the local Australians think Australia that was paradise of 20 years ago is gone and Chinese are blamed for it.   But really?  I have observed other things.  To be continued.

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前例がない不動産バブルに見舞われた豪州ですが中国からのにわか裕福層が大都市を買い占めているのです。彼らは新築しか法的には買えませんが豪州で住民表がある親戚の名前で中古物件も買い荒した結果オーストラリア人の手が届かない値段になってしまったのです。25年の間で物価は4倍に跳ね上がりましたが豪州では80歳まで夫婦共稼ぎでローンを支払うのは当たり前、下手したら子供に借金も残る可能性もあり。昨日遂に日本のマスコミも気づいて外国人に不動産を購入を許す日本政府に警告をこめて記事を掲載していましたがこの記者ですら豪州人の現実を知らないようです。

物価急上昇に反して老後年金は変わらないので老人の生活が追い詰められています。昔はレストランでお洒落して食事していた豪州人の老人が安いアジア料理の店に安い酒を持ち込みささやかな食事を必死にかっこつけようとする光景を見かけはじめました。それすら余裕がない若くして職にあぶれた若者がアジアや中華系の店の窓ガラスを棒でたたきつけることもあります。それとは反対高級住宅地から中国人の令嬢と子息が一流の私立に優雅に自信に満ちて通う姿を頻繁に見かけるようになりました。 

最近名前もずばり「中国共和国」という巨大な高級レストランが開店しました。中華街の中で水に1100円も請求されるとは!川越シェフの700円なんて可愛いです。さて食事だけで4000円かかったランチの写真を見て下さい。英文の最初の3品の写真です。次に横浜中華街で同じ月に飲み物いれて同じ金額を払った内容も掲載します。横浜では6品頂けました。味は両方とも中国人シェフによるので美味しいかったですが、コスパは断然日本に軍配です。とういうかシドニーが高すぎるのです。20年前はパラダイスだっと懐かしむオーストラリア人のいうように豪州は弱者に冷たい国になりました。みんな中国人のせいだと怒っています。だが果たしてそれだけでしょうか?私は他の要因も見ています。続く

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