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Landscapes of memory and forgetting: Indigo and Shek Quey Lee


Bagnall, K, Landscapes of memory and forgetting: Indigo and Shek Quey Lee, Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, 6 pp. 7-24. ISSN 1834-609X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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In this illustrated essay I explore the intertwined histories of two rural settlements – Indigo in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, and Shek Quey Lee in Xinhui county, Guangdong, China – to consider how the rich story of Chinese migration and settlement in Australia has been remembered and forgotten, both in China and Australia. With the growth in interest in the history and heritage of the Chinese in Australia over the past twenty years, we can no longer say that it is a "forgotten" history, yet there are still challenges to researching and telling it. One of these is for Chinese Australian history to be seen as integral to the broader narrative of Australia’s past. Another is being able to connect the Chinese and Australian parts of the story, to broaden the scope of our research beyond national boundaries to create a truly shared history. This essay suggests that drawing on the small stories of individual people is one way to bring together the connections across time and place, and between landscapes and people often thought of as distant and fundamentally different.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chinese Australian history, family history, Chinese migration, qiaoxiang, overseas Chinese
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Bagnall, K (Dr Kate Bagnall)
ID Code:141706
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2020-11-12
Last Modified:2020-12-11

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