March is Women’s History Month, so each day I’m going to tweet a piece of work by a woman about Chinese Australian women’s history… let’s see how we go! (I’m a day late, so I’ll post two today to catch up.) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Morag Loh and Christine Ramsay, 'Survival and Celebration: An Insight into the Lives of Chinese Immigrant Women, European Women Married to Chinese and Their Female Children in Australia from 1856–1986' (Melbourne: self-published, 1986) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Sophie Couchman, ‘“Oh, I Would like to See Maggie Moore Again”: Selected Women of Melbourne’s Chinatown’, in 'After the Rush', ed. Sophie Couchman, John Fitzgerald and Paul Macgregor (Melbourne: Otherland Press, 2004), pp. 171–90. #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Alanna Kamp, 'Chinese Australian Women's "Homemaking" and Contributions to the Family Economy in White Australia', 'Australian Geographer’ 49, no. 1 (2018), pp. 149–165, DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2017.1327783 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Manying Ip, ‘Home Away from Home: Life Stories of Chinese Women in New Zealand’ (Auckland: New Women’s Press, 1990) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
As a bonus today, here’s a photo of Wong Sing Quan (Mrs T.F. Loie, b. 1886), among others, in Auckland in 1911 (Credit: May Sai Louie, reproduced in James Ng, ‘Windows on a Chinese Past’, vol. 2, p. 261) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth Image
Pamela Tan, ‘The Chinese Factor: An Australian Chinese Woman’s Life in China from 1950 to 1979’ (Dural, New South Wales: Rosenberg, 2008) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Mei-fen Kuo, ‘The "Invisible Work" of Women: Gender and Philanthropic Sociability in the Evolution of Early Chinese Australian Voluntary Organizations’, in ‘Chinese Diaspora Charity and the Cantonese Pacific’ (HKU Press, 2020), pp. 154–72 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Angela Woollacott, ‘Rose Quong Becomes Chinese: An Australian in London and New York’, 'Australian Historical Studies' 38, no. 129 (April 2007), pp. 16–31 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Sunday bonus! In 2016, Rose Quong was featured in the ABC’s ‘Having it Her Way’ series – Rose’s story was presented by Miranda Tapsell… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Veronica Kooyman, ‘The Family Yarn’, Sydney Living Museums website,… + interview with Vivian Chan Shaw #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Julia Martínez, ‘Chinese Women in Prostitution in the Courts of 1880s Darwin’, ‘Northern Territory Historical Studies’ 30 (April 2019), pp. 28–42 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Helene Chung, ‘Ching Chong China Girl: From Fruitshop to Foreign Correspondent’ (Sydney: ABC Books, 2008)… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Kirsten Wong, ‘A Place to Stand: The Chun Family Experience’, in ‘Unfolding History, Evolving Identity: The Chinese in New Zealand’, ed. Manying Ip (Auckland University Press, 2003), pp. 113–140 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Grace Gassin, ‘All Eyes on You: Debutantes’ Explorations of Chinese Australian Womanhood at the Dragon Festival Ball’, ‘Australian Historical Studies’, 2021,… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
You can also listen to Grace Gassin’s ABC Radio Hindsight documentary, 'Dancing with Dragons: Chinese Debutante Balls'… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Denise A. Austin, ‘Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Life of an Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal – Part I and II’, ‘Asian Journal Pentecostal Studies’ 16, no. 2 (August 2013), pp. 99–137 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Jenny Kee, ‘A Big Life’ (Camberwell, Victoria: Lantern, 2006) (you can read a brief bio of Jenny here: #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Kate Bagnall, ‘“To his Home at Jembaicumbene”: Women’s Cross-Cultural Encounters on a Colonial Goldfield’, in ‘Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific’, ed. J. Leckie, A. McCarthy and A. Wanhalla (Routledge, 2017), pp. 56–75 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Jan Ryan, ‘Chinese Women and the Global Village: An Australian Site’ (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2003) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Julia Bradshaw, ‘Golden Prospects: Chinese on the West Coast of New Zealand’ (Greymouth: Shantytown (West Coast Historical & Mechanical Society Inc.), 2009) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Helene Wong, ‘Being Chinese: A New Zealander's Story’ (Bridget Williams Books, 2016)… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Alanna Kamp, ‘Chinese Australian Daughters’ Experiences of Educational Opportunity in 1930s–60s Australia’, ‘Australian Historical Studies’, 2021, DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2020.1868543 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Nikki Loong (ed.), ‘From Great Grandmothers to Great Granddaughters: The Stories of Six Chinese Australian Women’ (Katoomba, New South Wales: Echo Point Press, 2006) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Annette Shun Wah, ‘Grandma’s Chinese Whispers’, in ‘Family Journeys: Stories in the National Archives of Australia’ (Canberra: National Archives of Australia, 2008), pp. 19–28
#chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Elizabeth Kwan, ‘Matriarch of Darwin’s Chinese Community’, ‘Inside Story’, 7 March 2019,… #chinozhist
Janis Wilton, ‘Golden Threads: The Chinese in Regional New South Wales’ (Armidale, New South Wales: New England Regional Art Museum in association with Powerhouse Publishers, Sydney, 2004) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
On the topic of Chinese Australian woman in regional NSW – here’s one of my favourite photos, of Emma Tear Tack and family! You can read about Emma's story in this blog post by Gill Oxley (Source: #chinozhist @WomensHistoryMonth Image
Julia Martínez, ‘Patriotic Chinese Women: Followers of Sun Yat-sen in Darwin, Australia’, in ‘Sun Yat-Sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution’, ed. Lee Lai To and Lee Hock Guan (Singapore: ISEAS, 2011) pp. 200–18 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Sybil Jack et al. (eds), ‘Chinese Australian Women’s Stories’ (Sydney: Jessie Street National Women’s Library and the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia Inc., 2012) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Sophie Couchman, ‘Chang Woo Gow: The Man and the Giant’, in ‘An Angel By the Water: Essays in Honour of Dennis Reginald O’Hoy’, ed. Mike Butcher (Kensington, Victoria: Holland House Publishing, 2015), pp. 85–101… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
In that last reading, @sophiecouchman looks into the story of Kin Foo, who toured Australia as the wife of Chang Woo Gow, as well as Chang’s Australian wife, Catherine Santley. See pic here:… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
@sophiecouchman Michelle Cavanagh, ‘Shen, Margaret (1942–1994)’, ‘Australian Dictionary of Biography’ (Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, 2018),… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Mavis Moo, ‘I Just Bore it Quietly’, in ‘Plantings in a New Land: Stories of Survival, Endurance and Emancipation’, ed. Chek Ling (Brisbane: Society of Chinese Australian Academics in Queensland, 2001), pp. 28–44 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Diana Giese, ‘Astronauts, Lost Souls & Dragon : Voices of Today's Chinese Australians’ (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1997) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
If you have a spare 10 minutes today, why not watch this interview with Lily Ah Toy, born in Darwin in 1917, recorded in 1995 for ‘Australian Biography’… (more info and resources here:…) #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
Kate Bagnall, ‘Chinese Women in Colonial New South Wales: From Absence to Presence’, ‘Australian Journal of Biography and History’ 3 (2020), pp. 3–20,… #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth #OpenAccess
Norma King Koi, ‘Discovering My Heritage: An Oral History of My Maternal Family – the Ah Moons of Townsville’, in ‘Histories of the Chinese in Australasia...’, ed. P. Macgregor (Melbourne: Museum of Chinese Australian History, 1993), pp. 287–95 #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth
To finish off my #WomensHistoryMonth tweets about women in #chinozhist, I want to mention our new edited collection ‘Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia (HKU Press, 2021) – now available to purchase online!
‘Locating Chinese Women’ includes 10 chapters on questions of mobility and modernity in Chinese Australian women’s lives over the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including: business women, weddings, education, White Australa, biography, + more. #chinozhist #WomensHistoryMonth 1. Introduction: Chinese Au...
It has been quite a journey from our initial symposium in 2014 to the finished book in 2021 – but big thanks to my co-editor @JuliaTMartinez1, and contributors @sophiecouchman @SophieLoyWilson @KuehBihun @MissPom @paulmacgregorCH @alanna_kamp and Antonia Finnane #chinozhist

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