Dr Barry McCarron, New York University and 2018 Nicholas O’Donnell Irish Studies Fellow
“The Irish and Chinese in Colonial Australia: Conflict, Coexistence, and Intermarriage”
This paper examines the Irish and Chinese inter-ethnic dynamic in colonial Australia and its significance in Australian and British imperial history. Although there was much conflict between the Irish and Chinese in the Australian colonies, this paper shows that a few Irish were among the most outspoken advocates of Chinese racial equality. Chinese-language sources indicate that Chinese Australians were not passive victims in the face of Irish hostility but rather challenged their Irish detractors in numerous ways. While the literature on the Irish- Australian experience is voluminous and there is an extensive body of scholarship on the Chinese-Australian community, no study has thoroughly examined the combined experiences of, and interactions between, these diasporic groups in colonial Australia. This paper helps bridge the gap between both of these fields of research and aims to stimulate further research on the nature and significance of interactions between the Irish and Chinese in Australia.
MELBOURNE IRISH STUDIES SEMINARS
An Inter-University Forum for Irish and Irish-Australian Studies
Tuesdays, 6 pm to 7.30 pm
@ THE ORATORY, NEWMAN COLLEGE
When entering from Swanston Street, turn right into the main College building and up the stairs on the right of the corridor. Pre-seminar drinks will be at 6 p.m. and the paper will commence at 6.15 pm.