By John Fitzgerald
Brief indexed for the top Minister's Prize for Australian background. a lot has been written in regards to the White Australia coverage, yet little or no has been written approximately it from a chinese language point of view. vast White Lie shifts our figuring out of the White Australia Policy—and certainly White Australia—by exploring what chinese language Australians have been asserting and doing at a time once they have been formally excluded. sizeable White Lie will pay shut cognizance to chinese language migration styles, debates, social corporations, and their company and spiritual lives and exhibits they had each correct to count as Australians, even in White Australia. The book's concentrate on chinese language Australians presents a fresh new standpoint at the vital position the chinese language have performed in Australia's previous at a time while China's most probably position in Australia's destiny is extra compelling than ever.
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Indd 17 22/5/07 9:04:41 AM 18 Big White Lie The tortured English of the translations should early have roused suspicions about the provenance of the letters. 45 In fact, they did not come close to representing local Chinese impressions of colonial Australia. Nor did they capture the flavour of ChineseAustralian life at the time. 46 Few visitors from China would have had to wait until setting foot in Australia before catching their first sight of Western dress, manners or the everyday artefacts of Western material culture.
19 White convicts could be sent to New South Wales under conditions akin to slavery but James Somerset, a black slave, was entitled to enjoy his liberty in England. A similar sense of what was right and just prevailed in the early Australian settlements, even to the point of retaining Mansfield’s sensitivity to race. Nothing more galled native-born white Australians than the prospect that servitude and slavery might be perpetuated in the new south land. ’20 – an influx of new chums from China was descending on the colonies.
Another game, Foo-poh, was ‘same as a battle; two groups of men in struggling contention … Men on one side try to kick goose-egg pattern ball between two poles that represent a gate or entrance … knock each other down running in pursuit of the ball to send it through the enemy’s pole’. Australian women merit particular mention. indd 17 22/5/07 9:04:41 AM 18 Big White Lie The tortured English of the translations should early have roused suspicions about the provenance of the letters. 45 In fact, they did not come close to representing local Chinese impressions of colonial Australia.