Mixed Relations: Asian-Aboriginal Contact in North Australia

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University of Western Australia Press, 2006 - History - 280 pages
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The author looks at the interactions of Australian indigenous people with Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Malays and Afghans. Based on over 100 interviews with members of families who still form extensive networks across the continent, this book is part family stories, part historical narrative, creating a new way of looking at Australia's past. Challenging the 'white Australia' perspective as descriptive of the whole continent, the author argues that Australian settlement history starts in the north, with the well-documented Makassan trade. Both numerically and in terms of their impact on Aboriginal policy, Asians have continued to play a dominant role in the north and therefore in Australia, and are implicated in the Aboriginal Stolen Generation.

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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY 1
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Sama Bajo 8 Mapoon girls
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Dr Regina Ganter has cone extensive fieldwork as a consultant for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. A lecturer at Griffith University, she presently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Australian National University to explore the dynamics of interaction between Asians, Aborigines and Europeans at the Australian frontier.

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