‘Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty Port China’

Congratulations to Sophie Loy-Wilson on the publication of her book, which focuses on a diverse community of Australians who settled in Shanghai in the first half of the twentieth century and forged a ‘China trade’, circulating goods, people and ideas across the South China Sea, from Shanghai and Hong Kong to Sydney and Melbourne. In Read more …

Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics

Claire Lowrie’s Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics (Studies in Imperialism Series, Manchester University Press) will be launched by Ann Curthoys. Professor Curthoys will deliver a lecture ‘Looking for gender? Writing Aboriginal-settler relations into Australian political history‘, prior to the launch. RSVP Alice Knaggs by 10 June 2016.

Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics

Claire Lowrie’s Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics (Studies in Imperialism Series, Manchester University Press) explores the politics of colonial mastery and domestic servitude in the neighbouring British colonies of Singapore and Darwin and illustrates the centrality of the domestic realm to the colonial project. It is the first comparative history of Read more …

The Tiger’s Mouth: Thoughts on the History and Heritage of Chinese Australia

Kate Bagnall’s research focuses on the lives of Australians of Chinese descent in both Australia and China, the administration of the White Australia Policy and the cultural heritage of Australia’s Chinese communities. Herdoctoral research was the first major historical study of intimate relationships between Chinese men and white Australian women, while her other work focuses Read more …

The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971

In The China Breakthrough (Monash University Publishing), Billy Griffiths unpacks the theatre of the Whitlam visit, its political intrigue, and its long-lasting cultural, political and diplomatic implications. Griffiths argues that this was a pivotal moment in Australia’s relations with Asia, a revealing test of the Australia-America alliance, and a remarkable case of foreign policy engineered Read more …