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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1939...As relations between China and Australia 'normalised' after 1973, the CYL's previous political commitments were superseded by the cultural, sporting and welfare concerns of Chinese Australians.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.
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
Lord Buddha’s birth is a time of great happiness for many around the world. With the easing of restrictions, we wish to magnify this joyous occasion through the celebration of song, music and movement from diverse cultures.
There is no better way of celebrating the Lunar New Year than by embracing the joy and inspiration of opera, art and music at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University!
To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox, Willoughby City Council in co-production with the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University proudly presents the 2021 Lunar New Year Concert at the Concourse Theatre.
This is a period of great change as Australia transforms itself into a multicultural nation and then begins to wonder what that means. The final lecture in this reflective history asks what does Chinese Australian history tell us and what is the present trying to tell history?
Michael lecture 6 web

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