TV & Radio

Nov 9, 2012

All-Asian mall?! ACA beat-up exposed by local rag

The latest racist beat-up by A Current Affair has been exposed as a fraud by the good work of a local newspaper in Sydney.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

In one of the most racist A Current Affair stories we've seen (and yes, that is saying something), the story titled "All-Asian Mall" examines the apparent "Asian invasion" of a local shopping mall in Castle Hill. Host Tracey Grimshaw introduces it as: "The battle between Aussie shopkeepers and centre management who are kicking them out to make way for businesses who directly target the suburb's Asian population." "The Castle Hill mall was once an ordinary Australian shopping centre," announces ACA reporter Ben McCormack. "But now it's owners have decided it needs a makeover. An Asian makeover. Overnight the Aussie shopkeepers who have had their businesses here for for more a decade have been told they have to move to make way for other retailers." Cue a bunch of old white people saying they don't like the increase of Asians in their community. You know any sentence that starts with "I suppose it sound horrible and racist ..." is going to be horrible and racist. Pauline Hanson is even dragged out to say "I don't like it" and calling on the Australian government to "please explain". A supermarket, butcher, fishmonger and fruit shop all aimed at targeting the Asian market will be introduced in to the centre. "Proud Australian" Hanson says she is "shocked and disgusted" by this unAustralian behaviour. Apparently others are concerned the shopping mall changes are just the beginning and "it's only a matter of time before the suburb becomes an Asian enclave", declares McCormack, as pictures of restaurants and streets with Asian people fill the screen. But luckily the good folks at The Hills Shires Times, the local rag in Castle Hill, are holding ACA to account and have debunked the yarn. As Hills Shires Times journo Alex Cauchi explains:
"No businesses have been kicked out of the centre and of the businesses that have moved, two are owned by Asians. One of those moved is the Chinese Medicine Centre. "... Matthew Wright from Shelton's Quality Meats said that while he was concerned about having competition from the new MD Meat store, he didn't care whether the new stores were Asian or not. "'There have been Asian shopkeepers in this centre for a long time. From the bread store, to the Chinese medicine shop, to the florist.' "While I am concerned about have competition from another butcher, I'm glad that this centre is finally getting a makeover. "They also said in the report that my shop was being forced to move, which it isn't.''
Now it seems ACA has returned to Castle Hill this morning (another story broken by Cauchi). When Cauchi tweeted the news, McCormack replied:

Stay classy McCormack. Cauchi replied that he'd not found the ACA reporter in the mall, but was happy to take him round to meet the retailers he'd interviewed. Stay tuned for the ACA follow-up ...

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14 thoughts on “All-Asian mall?! ACA beat-up exposed by local rag

  1. NeoTheFatCat

    What I can never figure out is how these old whiteys can tell the difference between an AUSTRALIAN, who has some family background from Asia, and an ASIAN. As far as I know, the only way to identify someone’s citizenship is to check their passport. Facial appearance, language skills and favourte food/sport/music/literature etc doesn’t tell you anything. This is what I can stand – instead of considering themselves fellow citizens, the immediate placing of the ‘other’ as somehow not Australian.

  2. gruy fghyu

    well at least they’ll get some decent food.

  3. cyberfysh

    Good point, Neo – the “Asian” shopkeepers could be 5th generation Australians. It’s rather like those well-meaning people who want to get “young Muslims and Australians” together … d’oh!

  4. Christina Elisabeth

    Well done Alex Cauchi! Funny that McCormack bags him out on Twitter – Cauchi’s story is at least a story while by all accounts McCormack’s report was just a racist fairy tale.

  5. Peter Shute

    The ACA story was as pathetic as McCormack’s Tweet. His macho profile pic is a worry.
    Probably not the biggest beat-up Ben has cover either..

  6. Mick Cassidy

    How can such a vile and disgusting show continue to exist?

  7. Peter Shute

    ACA ran a bizarre sort of back-down this evening with an oily McCormack attacking the local paper and continuing his total beat-up by interviewing a ‘majority’ of locals they talked to which were basically 4 elderly white women moaning like crazy.


  8. owlcode

    >4 elderly white women moaning like crazy

    Sex and the City?

  9. Ian Scuffling

    Looks like Cauchi, or at least the headline writers at the Hills-Shire Times, were not always as un-ACA:
    Not as rabid, but still infectious.

  10. Petroleuse

    Sigh. The Ch9-is-bankrupt story was too good to be true.

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