You may be the only person in your family who’s never been to an Asian restaurant, but if you’re one of the few people in your social circle that has, you’ll probably find that the people who have been to them are a little less than thrilled about your presence.
“They’re probably looking down on you,” said one member of the New South Wales community.
“It’s not just about the food,” said another.
“Some of the people are just really rude and they’re really rude, they’re not very nice,” said a third.
“I just find it really frustrating, because you see a restaurant and you’re like ‘oh my God, this is just a food shop’, but you can’t tell the difference.”
So what are you doing to help?
We asked some of the community members about their experiences with Asian food clubs.
Here are their stories.
Food club, food club comA couple of years ago, one member from the community decided to open up a food club in their area, because she had never been there before.
“My friend who is a chef and she said ‘I can’t believe you can open up an Asian-only food club’,” said one.
“She had been at a restaurant with her friends and they had no idea about it, so she said I want to open an Asian, Asian-friendly food club.”
That’s when we opened up the first club, and it was amazing.
“We got about 15 people in there and it’s just amazing.
You have people from all over the country, people from New Zealand, people who are from Hong Kong, people of all backgrounds come in and support us and help us with our food.”
Every week they buy us all food, we make the food and cook the food, and they’ve got their own recipes and they all come in to help us.
“One member of a New South Australia food club who’s been there for four years said the club is very supportive.”
You know, we’ve never had any problems.
It’s just that it’s been a little bit rough in the last few years,” she said.”
When we first opened up, there was a lot of animosity, and now, it’s kind of settled down.
“It’s hard to make a differenceFood club members have been sharing their experiences to the ABC, in order to help others understand what it’s like to be a member of an international club.
One member said she found it hard to believe it’s still such a big deal.”
There’s a whole lot of people who don’t even realise what it is that they do for a living,” she explained.”
And it’s hard not to think that this is all a bit strange, but I just think it’s great that they’re willing to go to that effort and put themselves out there and help others.””
I think that the reason it’s a really big deal is because it’s such a new concept, people don’t really know what it means,” she continued.”
If you ask people what they’re looking forward to when they come to Australia and they don’t know what the word is, you’re going to get people who say ‘oh I want a curry’.
“I can see that it has helped us and helped some of our other members.”
One of the other members of our club, who is from India, said she didn’t realise it was such a thing until she came here.
“It doesn’t always work outThe club was initially open to the community but was eventually restricted to just members of the Australian community.
The club closed in February 2018, and members have not been able to attend any more events.
Food clubs are open to all members of all walks of life, so if you want to join one, you can do so through the club website.