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Boundaries, Border-crossings and Gatekeepers: Issues relating to the formation of identity amongst young Chinese Australians in the 1920s and 1930s

Tan, Carole A. (2000) Boundaries, Border-crossings and Gatekeepers: Issues relating to the formation of identity amongst young Chinese Australians in the 1920s and 1930s. In This paper has been accepted for publication in an edited book by Henry Chan and Regina Ganter entitled, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Abstract

This paper uses close analysis of the personal narratives of Chinese Australians who grew up in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s to investigate the nature of the intersecting boundaries of ‘race’, ethnicity, gender and class circumscribing their public and private lives. It looks at the various ‘gatekeepers’ that patrolled these boundaries hindering access into mainstream Australian life and the diverse ways in which young Chinese Australians negotiated those boundaries. By so doing this paper seeks to illuminate the process through which young Chinese Australians acquired a range of skills that enabled them to function successfully within two culturally different worlds. At the same time it highlights the real and material conditions within which the identities of young Chinese Australians were fashioned and shaped in the 1920s and 1930s.

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ID Code: 833
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Chinese, Australians, oral history, Australia, history
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)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:23

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