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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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The Emergence of Chinese Businesswomen in Darwin, 1910–1940

The Emergence of Chinese Businesswomen in Darwin, 1910–1940

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Locating Chinese Women

Natalie Fong

Hong Kong University Press

Chinese women in Australia’s Northern Territory in the early twentieth century were more actively involved in business than current scholarship suggests. This was in spite of Chinese cultural norms, such as patriarchal business structures. Local, national and international factors influenced Chinese women’s business opportunities in the Territory, including existing businesses owned and run by women in the Territory, shifts in Chinese families as merchant pioneers died, and changing Chinese attitudes towards women with the rise of Sun Yat-sen and the Kuomintang. Archival material and comparisons to Chinese women elsewhere in Australia and overseas demonstrate the significant business involvement of the Territory’s Chinese women.

Keywords:   Businesswomen, Northern Territory, Merchants, Kuomintang

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