'Chinese Inscriptions' : Australian-born Chinese lives

Tan, Carole Anne (2004). 'Chinese Inscriptions' : Australian-born Chinese lives PhD Thesis, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland.

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Author Tan, Carole Anne
Thesis Title 'Chinese Inscriptions' : Australian-born Chinese lives
School, Centre or Institute School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Prof Kam Louie
Dr Morris Low
Dr. Guy Ramsay
Total pages 362
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects L
370302 Social and Cultural Anthropology
750901 Understanding Australia's past
Formatted abstract

The title of this thesis is ‘“Chinese Inscriptions”: Australian-born Chinese lives’. This thesis represents a transdisciplinary study based on qualitative research and critical analysis of oral history interviews and the personal narratives of sixty-seven Australian-born Chinese. It uses cultural studies approaches to investigate the diverse ways Chineseness becomes inscribed into the lives of Australian-born Chinese. It investigates diverse ways Chineseness becomes inscribed into the lives of Australian-born Chinese within three social and cultural spaces Australian-born Chinese inhabit. These are the family, mainstream Australian society and Chinese diasporic spaces located in China and Australia. In examining these three social and cultural spaces, this study seeks to demonstrate that Chineseness represents an inescapable ‘reality’ Australian-born Chinese are compelled to confront in their everyday lives. This ‘reality’ exists despite rights of birth, generational longevity, and strong national and cultural identities and identifications grounded in Australia, and whether or not Australian-born Chinese willingly choose to identify as ‘Chinese’. Nevertheless, despite the limits of Chineseness Australian-born Chinese experience in their lives, this study demonstrates that Australian-born Chinese are individual agents who devise a range of strategies and tactics which empower them to negotiate Chineseness in relevant and meaningful ways of their own choosing.

Keyword Chinese Australians -- Ethnic identity
Chinese Australians -- Interviews
Chinese Australians -- Cultural assimilation
Chinese -- Australia -- Ethnic identity
Chinese -- Australia -- History
Chinese -- Australia -- Social life and customs

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