Date of Award
Master of Arts
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Prof. Geoffrey Bolton
Dr. Jan Ryan
Dr. Anne Atkinson
Citizenship is central to understanding the nature of Chinese migrants and their relationships within the social and political environment in Australia. Utilising the concept of citizenship can be a new way to interpret the human experience of the Chinese survival in Australia and to show that a historical balance can be found between the Australian social environment on the one side and the Chinese experience in Australia on the other. How the Chinese community reacted to the changing issues in citizenship and attitudes towards Asian immigration become the focus of the thesis. This research is designed to ask how Chinese responded to changing issues in citizenship during the politically transitional periods of 1901-1973. The research deliberately focuses on the period commencing with the implementation of the ‘White Australia Policy’ to the official removal of this legislation , a period embracing two world wars and two Chinese revolutions, to enable the response of potentially different generations of Chinese to be analysed within these changing political and social contexts.
Cai, T. M. (1999). Astride two worlds: The Chinese response to changing citizenship in Western Australia (1901-1973). Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/1199