David Wilson (68)
I lived and worked with zillions of Chinese people in Hong Kong, also in Thailand, over many years. I have not fallen for any stereotype. I think I have a fair understanding of what makes them tick.
You can always find exceptions to any rule, or any piece of conventional wisdom. I await with great interest the appearance of hordes of kids of Chinese descent into our sport. Nothing stopping them, is there?
I cannot say that I have any particular knowledge of South Asian cultures, other than that cricket and hockey seem to be the main sports.
The facts speak for themselves.
But in Australia, people from all sorts of backgrounds play sports that they wouldn't had their parents/grandparents stayed in their former homeland. Every Saturday I watch Newington rugby teams running around with kids from Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Arabic and other backgrounds playing rugby. (inclduing A teams I might add) They play because their mates play and the school environment is a place where they are encouraged to participate.
They aren't exceptions, they are a minority, simply because there is no traditional connection to rugby. Doesn't mean they don't want to or can't - maybe they need some encouragement?