Destiny Will Out: The Experiences of a Multicultural Malayan in White Australia

The book is likable because it has been written with no malice or bitterness and just as the author's experiences as an immigrant.
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Destiny Will Out
Destiny Will Out
SYDNEY - Jan. 17, 2015 - PRLog -- Destiny Will Out by Raja Arasa Ratnam (1997 and 2014), a memoir, introduces White Australia, as observed (from the late 1940s) by a young Asian student from British Malaya. Observing all, and analysing each facet of observed Australian life neutrally, he offers (in a clear narrative form) an interesting scenario of a somewhat anxious white enclave set in coloured seas, with worrying foreign cultures nearby. Woven into this fabric is a multi-threaded pattern of taxpayer-funded programs to assist immigrants (mainly non-English speaking) to settle into their new home successfully.

As an economist, and also qualified in psychology, and as one conditioned by a communitarian society, the author introduces a cross-cultural perspective in his writings. While adapting to a nation whose ethos is one of individualism, his keen interest in human welfare is yet tinged with a concern for taxpayers’ interests.


I found the book very fascinating because it exposes readers to a totally new way of life in a foreign land; the author's comments and opinions are strongly expressed, making the narration more effective. The book also tells readers about the extensive research the author has done on topics relating to tribal population, ethnicity, and other details regarding the culture of Australia.

The perception about Asian children and their education in Australian society is quite an interesting fact and he speaks about racism, the existence of colonial mentality, and the discrimination he was subject to as a student at university. But what makes the book likable is that it has been written with no malice or bitterness and just as the author's experiences as an immigrant. A heartwarming story that connects well with honesty. -Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite 5 stars

‘It is quite acceptable, and indeed quite desirable, to have coloured, and therefore inferior, people fight and die in wars to protect the white man’s interests.’ (p9 Destiny Will Out)

‘The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow,’ said a great Chinese philosopher of yesteryear. The Hindus, however, say that birth provides yet another opportunity to shorten the cycle of rebirth.’ (p16  Destiny Will Out)

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