Dr Loong Wong
Chinatownsydney. com, Sydney
The Struggle for Space: Invisibility and the Chinese
The study of social movements in Australia have typically focussed
on the big issues - environment, peace and women's movement.
More recently, ethnic issues, particularly that of indigenous
people, have come to the forefront. However, much of Australian
history is still one-dimensional and monochromic. In this paper,
I will examine the collective efforts of the Chinese in Australia
to construct their social and political identities. The paper
will examine the growth of community organisations within the
Chinese community and present an analysis of a particular organisation.
This paper seeks to challenge the view that the Chinese are apolitical
and also to engage with the structural research blinkers informing
the Chinese in Australia. It argues that to redefine the mainstream,
social researchers and activists also need to 'rediscover' and
redevelop their tools of historical and social understanding.
Loong is a social activist working on human rights issues
and has been involved in the peace, indigenous rights' and environmental
movements. He is also a web publisher and is one of the editors
of www. chinatownsydney. com
30 min. Paper