Much of my research over the past decade has involved talking to migrants to Australia and overseas students about their experiences of language learning and settlement. In these conversations, I have often been struck by the strong sense of disappointment that permeates many of these narratives. I’ve never quite known how to understand this pervasive sense of disappointment. When I first encountered it in interviews with overseas students conducted between 2000 and 2004, disappointment seemed to be a result of the fact that many of my interviewees came from far more metropolitan locations than anything Australia has to offer. It seemed reasonable to me that someone coming from Bangkok, Shanghai, or Tokyo might feel disappointed with life in Sydney, which, with all due respect, could be considered a bit provincial by comparison.
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