Catch up Online - ACIAC Chinese Australian History Seminar Series (Lecture 3): Merchants and the Qing (1881 to 1911)

Speaker: Dr Michael Williams

In this period white Australians steadily define Australia in ways that limit the presence and participation of people from China. Nevertheless this is also the period when Chinese Australian merchants build domestic and international trading networks that will make some of them extremely wealthy. At the same time Chinese workers are increasingly resented by white workers and this, combined with growing white nationalism, leads to the Dictation Test and an effort to restrict the entry of all Chinese people among other non-whites into the new Commonwealth. But it is the politics of the reform and the overthrow of the Qing Empire that sees an increasing sense of “Chineseness” that also greatly influences the Chinese in Australia and elsewhere in what is increasingly seen to be the “Overseas Chinese” community.

Seminar Series

* Background: Mirroring the Past   [Watch Online (opens in a new window)]

* Before there was gold   pre-1788 to 1851  [Watch Online (opens in a new window)]

* From gold to artisans   1851 to 1881 [Watch Online (opens in a new window)]

* Merchants and the Qing                    1881 to 1911

* A white Australia tested                     1911 to 1936

* Wars and Revolutions                        1936 to 1972

* One (multicultural) Nation                  1972 to 2020