Editor's note: This article, extracted from a political memoir, discusses the author's own
experiences of identity as a first generation migrant in a country undergoing rapid
transformation from one with a dominant Anglo-Irish culture to one in which
multiculturalism, while contested, has become a reality. It further reflects upon
the impact of the American counter culture on Australia in the 1960s and 1970s,
and the importance of this for political identities and beliefs.