Originally Posted by Jaz Paul:
To answer op's question- no, as this is a homogenous society and any preconceived notions of assimilation prior to my arrival on this land were quashed in no time. That's one of the reasons I don't learn/ want to learn Cantonese even though I had bought 'learn Cantonese' book before coming here and even started learning it.
In hindsight, while growing up in NZ, I felt very kiwi and equally importantly was accepted by locals as one to a great extent.
Being a local isn't limited to knowing the local lingua franca or having a particular accent or even gobbling local cuisines, it is much more than that. There isn't anyone to blame here, unfortunately, it's just how thinks are these days around the world.