Events

As well as the conference paper presentations, the following events were part of the Dragon Tails 2013 program:

• Workshop: The Heritage of Chinese Temples in Australasia
• Postgraduate Master Class
• Conference reception and Launch of Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies special issue journal
• Conference dinner
• Film Screening: Chinaman Creek
• Book Launch: Cairns Chinatown - A Heritage Study

More details on these events are outlined below.



Workshop: The Heritage of Chinese Temples in Australasia

Almost 100 Chinese temples are believed to have been built in Australasia in the 1850s-1930s; they were fundamental to community organisation and cohesion. Ten still stand and are actively used. Yet there is also a wealth of material from temples that survives in museum and community collections, there are many for which good archaeological remains exist, and there is also a broad range of historical imagery and documents that also can add to our knowledge. In sum, this heritage provides a rich resource of historical information which can enlighten our understanding of historical Chinese communities in Australia and New Zealand. This temple heritage is a remarkable testament to the culture of the Chinese diaspora, and a highly significant part of the world’s cultural heritage. Five speakers presented papers on various temples and temple remains around Australia and New Zealand. There was a roundtable discussion on ways to bring this heritage to greater prominence, preserve as much as possible for posterity, undertake further research and interpretation, and provide improved access for historians to temple records, artefacts, images and sites.

When: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Time: 10.30 am - 1.45 pm
Where: Building 67, Room 67.202


Postgraduate Master Class on writing histories of the Chinese diaspora

Associate Professor Julia Martínez hosted a pre-conference master class on writing histories of the Chinese diaspora, for masters and PhD students, where students presented and discussed their thesis work. Prior registration essential.

When: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Time: 10.45 am - 2.10 pm
Where: Building 19, Room 19.2061


Conference reception and
Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies special issue journal launch

A conference reception was held on Saturday evening, with drinks and finger food provided. The reception was also the occasion for the launch of the special issue of Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies: ‘Sources, Language and Approaches in Chinese Australian History’, edited by Kate Bagnall and Sophie Couchman. This was the first of two publications arising from the Dragon Tails 2011 conference.

When: Saturday, 6 July 2013
Time: 6.30 - 7.30 pm
Where: 67 Dining, downstairs in Building 67 on the University campus.


Conference dinner

The official conference dinner was held at Hanoi Wollongong Restaurant. Soft drinks were provided, but alcohol was BYO – there is a bottle shop a few doors away from the restaurant. Prior booking essential.

When: Sunday, 7 July 2013
Time: 7.00 pm
Where: Hanoi Wollongong Restaurant
Address: 1/17 Market Street, Wollongong (entrance on Corrimal Street next to Top Choice Restaurant)
Dress: Smart casual


Film Screening: Chinaman Creek

Chinaman Creek is a 15 minute drama set in 19th century Cairns and the Atherton tablelands. It follows the story of a Chinese market gardener who saves the life of an Irish girl who, in turn, saves him from a gang of European thugs. While it is largely fictitious the underlying story is a factual account of race relations in the decades after the Palmer Gold rush of the 1870s. It was co-produced by Shandy Whittaker and Janet Liu Terry (who also wrote the script) and stars Lawrence Wah Day and Marianne Buchanan with funding from Festivals Australia. A few copies of the DVD were available for sale after the screening.

When: Sunday, 7 July 2013
Time: 4.00 pm
Where: Building 24, Room 24.102


Book Launch: Cairns Chinatown - A Heritage Study

Grafton Street, Cairns was the historical site for Cairns Chinatown – the largest and longest running Chinese community in Queensland outside Brisbane from the 1880s until the mid 1940s. Supporting a diverse population of Chinese settlers, entrepreneurs, women and families, this book sets out to explore the history and heritage of Chinese settlers in a prominent North Queensland town. Cairns Chinatown: A Heritage Study: A history of the Cairns Chinese Community, by Sandi Robb, was published by the Cairns & District Chinese Association.

When: Monday, 8 July 2013
Time: 10.00 am
Where: Building 24, Room 24.104