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Locating Chinese WomenHistorical Mobility between China and Australia$
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Kate Bagnall and Julia T. Martínez

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528615

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528615.001.0001

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Chinese Australian Brides, Photography, and the White Wedding

Chinese Australian Brides, Photography, and the White Wedding

(p.45) 3 Chinese Australian Brides, Photography, and the White Wedding
Locating Chinese Women

Sophie Couchman

Hong Kong University Press

Despite ‘unchanging tradition’ being a key characteristic of the white wedding, the cultural practices that make up the white wedding have evolved and become integrally linked to the creation of the wedding photograph. From the late nineteenth century, increasing numbers of women, including Australians with Chinese heritage, were married and photographed in white. This chapter analyses Chinese-Australian wedding photographs from the 1890s to the 1940s within larger global movements in fashion and culture. It suggests that by marrying in white, Chinese-Australian women were not assimilating into Western, Christian cultural practices that already existed, but that they, alongside other women in Australia, China, Hong Kong and around the world, were building something new – the global phenomenon of the white wedding.

Keywords:   Chinese Australian history, White weddings, Weddings, Photography, Fashion

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