The Chinese Australian Herald and the shaping of a modern “Imagined Chinese Community” in 1890s colonial Sydney

Kuo, Mei-Fen (2008) The Chinese Australian Herald and the shaping of a modern “Imagined Chinese Community” in 1890s colonial Sydney. Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, 2 34-53.

Author Kuo, Mei-Fen
Title The Chinese Australian Herald and the shaping of a modern “Imagined Chinese Community” in 1890s colonial Sydney
Journal name Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies
ISSN 1834-609X
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 2
Start page 34
End page 53
Total pages 20
Place of publication Canberra, ACT Australia
Publisher Australian National University
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article discusses the development of the first Sydney Chinese newspaper, the Chinese Australian Herald, showing how it rapidly cultivated an effective place for itself as a technically sophisticated moral, social and organizational nexus linking Chinese daily life with larger-scale systems like the political structure of colonial society. It also argues that two major Chinese ceremonial processions conducted in 1897 illustrate the paper’s power to help shape new leadership and a new social imaginary, and thus to help reconfigure the Chinese–Australian community to partake in the broader Australian colonial community of the time. The narratives and social networks of the Chinese Australian Herald provide insights into the complex process of constructing a modern ‘imagined’ Chinese community in turn of the twentieth-century Sydney.
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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