With policies of assimilation as a backdrop and in a context of social isolation from other Chinese Australians, homes during the White Australia Policy (1901-73) often provided important spaces in which cultural practices were maintained. Cultural knowledge was passed down through the generations in the home.
This presentation will specifically highlight the important role of women in the celebration of Chinese New Year and other festivities such as Qingming (Ch’íng-ming). The talk also illustrates that the continuation of such cultural practices was not always possible or desired.
Presenter Dr Alanna Kamp (BA BSc (UNSW) PhD(WSU) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Urban Research Program/School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. Her doctoral research was completed in 2014 and focused on the experiences of belonging and exclusion of female Chinese Australians during the White Australia Policy.
As a historical and cultural geographer, she is interested in feminist and post colonial understandings of migrant experiences. She is particularly interested in the ways historical geographies of migrant experiences have contemporary relevance and shape current community experiences and identities.
Afternoon tea is provided after the talk.
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