Family of Arthur Gar Lock Chang just before his father brought him to Australia, ca. 1920 [Michael Williams’ Personal Collection]
Michael Williams will provide us with a history of the Chinese in Australia that goes beyond the stereotypes of gold miners and market gardeners. Taking us into the families and the villages of southern China, Michael’s work gives a voice to those who never left their villages, but who are nevertheless in many ways part of Australia’s history.
About the speaker: Dr Michael Williams (Adjunct Fellow, WSU) is an historian of the Chinese Diaspora and a founding member of the Chinese Australian Historical Society. His current research involves a history of popular perceptions of the Dictation Test, and a comparative study of Australia’s pre-1949 Chinese-Australian history with its post-1989 history.