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'Chinese Inscriptions': Australian-born Chinese Lives

Tan, Carole A. (2004) 'Chinese Inscriptions': Australian-born Chinese Lives. University of Queensland.

Abstract

This thesis represents a transdisciplinary study based on qualitative research and critical analysis of oral history interviews and the personal narratives of sixty-seven Australian-born Chinese. It uses cultural studies approaches to investigate the diverse ways Chineseness becomes inscribed into the lives of Australian-born Chinese. It investigates diverse ways Chineseness becomes inscribed into the lives of Australian-born Chinese within three social and cultural spaces Australian-born Chinese inhabit. These are the family, mainstream Australian society and Chinese diasporic spaces located in China and Australia. In examining these three social and cultural spaces, this study seeks to demonstrate that Chineseness represents an inescapable ‘reality’ Australian-born Chinese are compelled to confront in their everyday lives. This ‘reality’ exists despite rights of birth, generational longevity, and strong national and cultural identities and identifications grounded in Australia, and whether or not Australian-born Chinese willingly choose to identify as ‘Chinese’. Nevertheless, despite the limits of Chineseness Australian-born Chinese experience in their lives, this study demonstrates that Australian-born Chinese are individual agents who devise a range of strategies and tactics which empower them to negotiate Chineseness in relevant and meaningful ways of their own choosing.

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ID Code: 1826
Item Type: Thesis
Additional Information: The author of this University of Queensland thesis is currently employed at QUT. The thesis has been deposited in the Australian Digital Theses colletion. Please use the hypetext link above to access the thesis.
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Keywords: Australia, history, Chinese, Australians, overseas Chinese, Chinese diaspora, identity
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Department: School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies
Institution: University of Queensland
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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