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Heritage and History in the China–Australia Migration Corridor

A study of the history and impact of Chinese-Australian migration.

Heritage and History in the China–Australia Migration Corridor traces the material and social legacy of migration from China to Australia from the 1840s until the present day. It offers a multidimensional examination of the material footprint of migration as it exists at either end of the migration corridor stretching between Zhongshan county in south China and Australia. Spanning the fields of heritage studies, migration studies, and Chinese diaspora history, this book foregrounds a transnational approach to the history and heritage of migration, one that takes account of the flows of people, ideas, objects, and money that circulate through migration corridors, forming intricate, ongoing bonds between those who migrated to Australia and their home villages in China.

292 pages | 46 halftones | 6 x 9

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"This is an excellent new addition to the growing literature on the history, heritage, and archaeology of the Chinese diaspora and transnational Chinese migration. This book is poised to be a major contribution to the history and heritage of the Chinese diaspora."

Barbara L. Voss, Stanford University

‘The quality of the research and writing is very high, and the theoretical framing is sophisticated and original. This book makes a much-needed contribution to overseas Chinese heritage studies, Chinese Australian history, transnational theory, and migration history. It also provides a model for how to work respectfully and successfully with descendants and community.’

Sophie Loy-Wilson, University of Sydney

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Part 1: Connections, Flows, Identities
1. Villages of the Fragrant Hills
2. A Heritage of Lifelines in the Migration Corridor
3. (Un)making Transnational Identities: Migration and Chineseness
4. Diaspora Tourism and Homeland Travel

Part 2: Sites in the Heritage Corridor
5. Making Heritage: The Mar Family and Sha Chong
6. Remittance Houses in Zhongshan
7. From Ancestral Halls to Modern Schools: Diaspora-Funded Education in Zhongshan
8. Zhongshan in Sydney’s Chinatown
9. Making Heritage in the Migration Corridor
List of Contributors

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