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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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Exception or Example? Ham Hop’s Challenge to White Australia

Exception or Example? Ham Hop’s Challenge to White Australia

(p.129) 6 Exception or Example? Ham Hop’s Challenge to White Australia
Locating Chinese Women

Kate Bagnall

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter revisits a well-known immigration case from the early White Australia period. In 1913, Ham Hop, the wife of fruit merchant Poon Gooey, was made to leave Australia with the couple’s two young Australian-born daughters. She had come to Australia on a temporary permit in 1910, but Poon Gooey had then mounted a determined campaign to gain permission for her to remain more permanently. The campaign, while ultimately unsuccessful, found widespread community support and was an ongoing embarrassment to the federal Labor government. This chapter focuses on the experiences of Ham Hop – first as a gum saam po, then as a migrant wife – to explore the possibilities for uncovering the lives of Chinese wives who were largely excluded from permanent migration to Australia in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Chinese Australians, White Australia Policy, women’s history, migration, biography, family, motherhood, Immigration Restriction Act, overseas Chinese women, Gold Mountain wives

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