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Australian-Asian Sociability, Student Activism, and the University Challenge to White Australia in the 1950s

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Darian-Smith, K and Waghorne, J, Australian-Asian Sociability, Student Activism, and the University Challenge to White Australia in the 1950s, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62, (2) pp. 203-218. ISSN 0004-9522 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12245

Abstract

During the 1950s, staff, students and graduates of Australian universities were increasingly critical of the racial restrictions on immigration, and their activism contributed to a broader government and community reassessment of the White Australia Policy. Personal experiences of cross-cultural interactions between Australian students and an increasing number of international students from Asia, including those sponsored by the Australian government's Colombo Plan, underpinned the university challenge to immigration policy. Tertiary curriculum offering new academic interpretations of Asian history and decolonisation also contributed to a growing awareness among university-educated Australians of Asia, and fostered empathy for its peoples. The publications of the Immigration Reform Group extended this critique of White Australia, and were driven by a moral indignation towards a policy that affected individuals personally known to the critics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123308
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-02
Last Modified:2018-03-22
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