The making of a diasporic identity: the case of the Sydney Chinese commercial elite, 1890s-1900s

Kuo, Mei-Fen (2009) The making of a diasporic identity: the case of the Sydney Chinese commercial elite, 1890s-1900s. Journal of Chinese Overseas, 5 2: 336-363. doi:10.1163/179303909X12489373183091


Author Kuo, Mei-Fen
Title The making of a diasporic identity: the case of the Sydney Chinese commercial elite, 1890s-1900s
Journal name Journal of Chinese Overseas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1793-0391
1793-2548
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/179303909X12489373183091
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 336
End page 363
Total pages 28
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Brill
Language eng
Abstract This article is about a short moment in Chinese-Australian history at the turn of the 20th century when Chinese fruit and vegetable traders in Sydney were on the verge of major international success. The concerns of this new urban elite can be gleaned from their Chinese-language newspapers and civil societies which played an important role in the evolution of the diasporic identity of the Chinese in “White-Australia” — an experience involving more than merely a refinement of native kinship practices and inherited identities — in a process that invoked a distinctively modern sense of time, space, and the unfolding of history. This is an attempt to recount their experience chiefly by reference to the developments recorded in Chinese newspapers and the narratives related to the social institutions and networks associated with them in the Federation Era (1890s-1900s).
Keyword Diaspora identity
Chinese Australian merchants
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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