One (multicultural) Nation (1972 to 2020)
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Time: 4.00-5.00 pm AEDT
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This is a period of great change as Australia transforms itself into a multicultural nation and then begins to wonder what that means. It also transforms itself into a global economic free trader and then wonders what that means when China does too. As Australia’s trade with China grows exponentially, China’s trade with Australia remains proportionally the same. Students, tourists, and even powdered milk all begin to have an impact as Chinese Australian history not only begins to reflect back on itself but also add new dimensions in art, culture and even shopping as November 11 becomes Double 11! The final lecture in this reflective history asks what does Chinese Australian history tell us and what is the present trying to tell history?
Dr Michael Williams is a graduate of Hong Kong University, a scholar of Chinese-Australian history and a founding member of the Chinese-Australian Historical Society. He is the author of Returning Home with Glory (HKU Press, 2018), which traces the history of peoples from south China’s Pearl River Delta around the Pacific Ports of Sydney, Hawaii and San Francisco. Michael has taught at Beijing Foreign Studies and Peking Universities and is currently Adjunct Professor of the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University. His current research includes the Dictation Test, early Chinese Opera in Australia and a history of the Chinese in Australia.