MY 23 YEARS WITH THE ABC HAS TAKEN ME TO MANY PLACES. FOR SIX OF THOSE YEARS I REPRESENTED THE ABC OVERSEAS, AND EVERY DAY I’D BE ASKED “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” AND PEOPLE REACT TO MY ANSWER, “AUSTRALIA”, BASED ON WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW ABOUT MY COUNTRY.
They might have met Australians before, and they may have seen Australians on TV or in films. Most of our knowledge of other countries is based on what we get from media and popular culture. So what do you know about Mexico?
Unless you’ve been there, you probably know Mexico and its people through US television or films, in which Mexicans are often portrayed in a poor light, as the “bad guys”. Bertha Corte was amazed to find that Australians and their Kiwi cousins reckon Mexico is a very dodgy place, full of corruption, criminals and druggies.
Bertha is very proud of her home-land, its people and culture. She’s riding her bicycle around Australia to give us all a chance to meet a real Mexican and learn about her country.So far she’s done Sydney to Cairns, and she heads on to Darwin on Sunday, then Broome, Perth and across the Nullarbor to Sydney.
Click on the audio player to hear my interview with Bertha.
You can follow Bertha’s journey around Australia on her blog http://tbomx.com