Chinese Australians in WWI

Tuesday 09 August

Chinese Australians in WWI

Historian Dr Kathleen Blunt examines the forgotten history of the Chinese Australians in World War I during National Family History Month.

Historian Dr Kathleen Blunt examines the forgotten history of the Chinese Australians in World War I.

What possessed these people to serve their country, whose rights as citizens were being denied and loyalty to Australia questioned, based purely on racial grounds?

How did they perceive themselves in terms of national identity?

How did they cope once they returned to civilian life?

These and other aspects of the “forgotten ingredients” in the Anzac mixture - Chinese-Australians - whose valiant contributions have largely been ignored in Australian history, will be examined.

The little known, but vital role played by the Chinese Labour Corps, and the participation of China itself in WWI will also be explored.

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  • Date: 9th August 2016
  • Location: Whitlam Library, Cabramatta
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Cost: Free
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