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

 

Guosheng Yang Chen

Manager, Language And Global Culture Programs, RMIT University

  Abstract:
 
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



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RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Data Projector and Laptop, Powerpoint