by Qing Hua Rachel XIE
year, thousands of people migrate to Australia for various reasons,
and each person ‘s experiences are significant. This interview
with a young Jordanian girl Samah, who migrated to Australia four
months ago, assisted me with my study of journeys. A journey suggests
a movement form one place to another and includes all the experiences
under gone along the way. The young Jordanian girl’s physical
journey to Australia, incurs experiences which affect her psychological
state, both intellectually and emotionally.
journeys occur over land or sea, and also tend to be accompanied
by learning and understanding. Summer was born in a traditional
Muslim family in Jordan, which is a small South Arabian country.
She spent her childhood there and had started schooling before
she migrated to Australia. “ I didn’t know much about
other countries, but now I begin to know some of them. I know
Australia has more wealthy natural resources than my country,
also the society is more democratic”. This physical journey
has given Samah an opportunity to learn about the world.
I can not imagine that there are so many cultural
groups of people in the world. I find that their cultural
values are different from mine, I couldn’t understand
them at first
. . . "
addition, I come to understand that the physical journeys could
result in learning about new people. Summer met many different
people in Australia through the journey. People from Asia, Africa,
Middle-East and so on which has broadened her horizons. “
I cannot imagine that there are so many cultural groups of people
in the world. I find that their cultural values are different
from mine, I couldn’t understand them at first, but now
I think that these values are not bad…”. This evidence
shows us that there is interaction between people who are from
different ethnic groups. Summer’s interaction with other
people has made her more tolerant of others. Her journey is from
one point of belief to another point of understanding and acceptance,
hence she is also having a mental journey during the physical
Physical journeys often
involve emotions, and many people can have a stronger connection
with their homeland when they take a journey away from home. During
the interview, Samah showed her sadness of leaving home: “
it’s very sad to leave a place that you’ve lived in
for more than 10 years…”. Also she always shows her
love and connection to her country: “ I miss my homeland.
Every week I look up the events that happen in my country, and
the internet and phone are the way I keep in touch with my homeland.
I’ve never been so connected with my homeland”. This
is similar to our set text, the film “ Rabbit Proof-Fence”
by Phillip Noyce. When the main characters, the three young half-caste
aboriginal girls Molly, Gracie and Daisy is taken away home to
begin a physical journey, they are extremely emotional, this can
be seen through their sorrowful expressions. The Rabbit Proof-Fence
which provides the physical path home for the girls, is used as
a strong visual symbol of the connection between the girls and
their family. We learn from this that physical journeys often
involve emotional journeys.
choices is an important part of our life journey. The decision
we make can affect our next stage in life and even the future.
Migrating to Australia is a personal choice for Samah. This decision
has meant that she has gone on a physical, emotional and intellectual
journey. She gains a better education and future in her life journey.
Samah’s choice can remind us of the issue of personal choice
in the play “ Whose Life is it Anyway” by Brian Clark.
The main character Ken Harrison is paralysed from the neck down
after a serious car accident. When he realises that his life is
no longer worth living, he decides to be discharged from the hospital.
This personal choice can make him die, that is it influences his
life journey. All of the above show that a choice may make a person’s
life totally different, it changes the direction of one’s
it’s very sad to leave a place that you’ve lived in for
more than 10 years…”
are powerful, they challenge us, but also extend and inspire us.
In the young Jordanian girl’s life journey, we can see that
she is over coming the adversity which is challenging her, extending
her and encouraging her. “ language is a big obstacle in
my journey, but every time I learn a new word, I will be inspired
because I know that I am developing”. Journeys are the processes
of overcoming adversity and development.
The interview lasted for
about half an hour, but nevertheless it furthered my understanding
of the concept of ‘journeys’. The physical journey
to Australia has impacted on the young Jordanian girl, who has
developed physically, emotionally and intellectually. The power
of the journey challenged her thinking and broadened her understanding
of new places and people. Also, through her journey we can learn
about the importance of personal choices. Samah will continue
her life journey with the great passion—“ I want to
be a nurse to help people”. This is the catalyst of her
journey, it will inspire her to go on a successful life journey.