Why do people here, western and Indonesian alike, always mistake me for an Australian? I mean, the American accent, in every manifestation--Southern, Eastern, Midwestern, West Coast--is nothing like the Australian accent. I mean, I can pick out an Australian or a German or a Dutch person, or a French person or, indeed, an American, the minute that person opens his or her mouth. Maybe it's because there's really no such thing as an American accent. We all come, after all, from somewhere else.