Enterprising Chinese Australians and the diaspora networks, 1890-1949 (2015–2018)
From the late 19th century to the present day, Chinese Australian businesses and merchants have played an
important but little acknowledged role in bilateral trade and investment. This project addresses this
knowledge gap by undertaking the first systematic study examining how Chinese Australian enterprises and
diaspora networks were developed from the late 19th century to first half of 20th century. Historical insights
will be enhanced through extensive use of bilingual archival source. The project is significant to understand
the Chinese business culture in diaspora was not just for economic survival and money-making strategy but
also an aspect of building a trans-local community with diaspora aspects in everyday life.