Papers & Workshops



In a Diverse Cultural Context: Chinese-Australian engagement with White Australia Politics


Guosheng Yang Chen

Manager, Language And Global Culture Programs, RMIT University

This paper addresses the continuing problem of White Australia politics through its engagement by Chinese-Australians. This paper is based on questions such as the following. How might Chinese-Australians, and those who support their struggles for social justice, use multiculturalism in the changing times? What role might Asian-Australians, with special reference to the Chinese-Australians, and their allies play in changing multiculturalism to make it useful for engaging White Australia politics in local/global restructuring? What then are the issues that now have to be addressed by Asian-Australians as they seek to manage White Australia politics? Do contemporary efforts to change multicultural scholarship provide Chinese-Australians with any resources they could use to create a language and politics of hope? In this paper, the meaning of White Australia politics is constituted from the perspective of Chinese-Australians who continue to be objectified by shadow of White Australia politics.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Data Projector and Laptop, Powerpoint