Enterprising Chinese Australians and the diaspora networks, 1890-1949 (2015–2018)

Abstract:
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.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Researchers:
  • Honorary Research Fellow
    School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council