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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 Women’s Experiences of Migration and Mobility in White Australia

Chinese Australian Women’s Experiences of Migration and Mobility in White Australia

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(p.105) 5 Chinese Australian Women’s Experiences of Migration and Mobility in White Australia
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Locating Chinese Women
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Alanna Kamp

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528615.003.0005

In this chapter, Chinese-Australian women’s first-hand accounts of their migration experiences during the White Australia Policy era are presented alongside historical census and migration data. By combining official records and Chinese-Australian women’s accounts of their migration history – as children, migrant wives, or students – this chapter illustrates that Chinese-Australian women were not only present in Australia during the White Australia Policy era, but they were internationally mobile. The diversity of the migration experience during this period, including various reasons and motivations for this movement, is also uncovered. This discussion challenges general assumptions of female immobility in global migration patterns and understandings of female Chinese migration. As such, the ability and value of utilising Chinese Australian women’s voices to supplement the official record is revealed.

Keywords:   Migration, Women, Chinese Australia, White Australia Policy, Historical geography, Feminist research, Oral history, Census

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