Past Events

Lord Buddha’s birth is a time of great happiness for many around the world. As we manage our way through these COVID times, we wish to re-connect with communities and celebrate this joyous occasion through song and music from diverse cultures.
Buddha's Birthday
Following Federation, Chinese-Aboriginal families in Queensland laboured under numerous legislative frameworks including the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act (1897) which could be construed as designed to discourage the existence of these families. Simultaneously Indigenous and Alien in their own Country, Aboriginal women either legally married to or in long-term relationships with Chinese men, were subjected to scrutiny by the local police engaged in their diverse legislative roles.
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This talk is a case study of Tasmania based on an ARC research project that attempts to research into several questions concerning early Chinese migrants to Australia.
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In the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries, Chinese merchants occupied a special position in many British or ex-British colonies, such as the Northern Territory (‘the Territory’) of South Australia, as facilitators of labour supply and trade and as leaders and representatives of Chinese communities. They were recognised in these capacities by governments through exemptions from immigration regulations. The lack of restrictions on Chinese immigration to the Territory until 1888 enabled Chinese merchants to establish Chinatown and, in some cases, business networks that were transnational and transfamilial.
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Music and Spirituality, is our online symposium held 13 to 14 September was a great success involving 19 universities from around the world.
Music and Spirituality
Operatic forms have a long history of development in Chinese culture with sources dating from at least the Tang Dynasty. Known poetically as the artform of the 'Pear Garden' (Liyuan 梨园), this musical tradition continues to hold relevance and meaning to the overseas Chinese and was mostly likely the first performative artform to arrive in Australia.
The Chinese Youth League (CYL), a progressive patriotic organisation, is one of the few surviving political organisations of the early Chinese diaspora in Australia. [1] It was established in Sydney on 1 July 1939...As relations between China and Australia 'normalised' after 1973, the CYL's previous political commitments were superseded by the cultural, sporting and welfare concerns of Chinese Australians. The radical past of the Chinese Youth League faded into the background and politics were less and less in command. A bridge of solidarity had been built by the CYL from 1939 until 1973. Thereafter, as the Cold War receded and as China underwent political and economic transformation, the political significance of the Chinese Youth League diminished.

The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University hosted the 2021 Annual Address in person on our Parramatta South campus on 27 May 2021. We were very privileged and greatly honoured to have Professor Nicholas Jose to deliver the Annual Address entitled Culture Fever: The Importance of the Arts.

Tim Watts will be in conversation with Stephen FitzGerald to discuss issues of discrimination, inequality, bamboo ceiling and skewed egalitarianism towards Asian-Australians in the context of “investing in a new Australian identity that brings people together in the Golden Country”.
Tim Watts web update

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