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Sydney Lunar Festival Associated Event

South Flows the Pearl: Chinese Australian Voices

Date: Saturday 29 January 2022

Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm (AEDT)

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. This presentation is also by Zoom

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Cost: FREE

In the 1980s Mavis Gock Yen began interviewing elderly Chinese Australians, recording hours of
conversations. These conversations and stories of the lives of Chinese in Australia, told in their own
words, have been edited by Siaoman Yen and Richard Horsburgh. They form the basis of South Flows
the Pearl
, to be published by Sydney University Press in February 2022.

Perth-born Mavis Gock Yen (1916-2008), moved with her family to Shanghai in 1925 and spent time in
China and Australia over the next twenty years. In 1946 she settled in China where she worked
as a journalist and English teacher until after the Cultural Revolution, eventually returning to Australia
in 1981 with her daughter Siaoman Yen. Mavis then settled in Canberra and completed a Bachelor of
Arts degree, majoring in professional writing.

Learn more about South Flows the Pearl: Chinese Australian Voices from editor Richard Horsburgh,
historian Sophie Loy-Wilson who wrote the introduction and Professor Kam Louie who wrote the

Donations: to CAHS is appreciated:

BSB: 012071 – Account: 111211003

Or by cheque payable to the Chinese Australian Historical Society and posted to Treasurer, CAHS Inc, PO Box K556, Haymarket NSW 1240

Past Events

Yellow Shadows on a White Land – by Gordon Mar

Changing attitudes towards mixed marriages

Date: Saturday 30 October 2021

Time: 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Venue: This presentation is via Zoom

Cost: FREE

This Presentation is by Gordon Mar, whose parents migrated to Australia in the 1920’s from Zhongshan, Guandong Province, China. Gordon is Australian born and educated, now retired after a was a business career of some 53 years.

Growing up, he was aware that when it came time to marry, his bride should be a Chinese. That was the expectation of his parents and the prevailing attitude amongst Chinese in those days.

Those who dared cross accepted racial boundaries faced hostility and social disapproval. It was however the Australian woman who suffered the opprobrium and the children of those unions who became the innocent sufferers. Thankfully attitudes have changed to-day towards mixed marriages.

Past Events

A Chinatown Building Worth Saving

A link to this presentation will be posted in due course

Chinatown Walking Tour

King Fong – pioneer of Chinatown Walking Tours

Talking Chinese Australian History

Welcome to our exciting new series of discussions with a wide variety of researchers of Chinese Australian History.

Please subscribe to our Youtube Channel.

Catch up:

Sun Kum Tiy: Qing warrior to mysterious colonial Sydney merchant

After service in the Ever Victorious Army under Lieutenant Colonel Charles “Chinese” Gordon during the Taiping Rebellion, Kum Tiy arrived in Sydney around 1864–1865. He immediately set up the merchant business Sun Kum Tiy & Company, Sydney. In time, his merchant empire included some dozens of branch stores in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, New Zealand and one in the Pacific Islands. He was to become one of Sydney’s and New South Wales’s wealthiest and most influential merchants of the late colonial period.

This was our first.

Catch up:
Conflict at Lambing Flat: Memory, Myth & History – a discussion with Karen Schamberger

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