Introducing Michael Williams: Vice-President & Historical Consultant

Michael Williams is a founding member of the Chinese-Australian Historical Society and the author of Returning Home with Glory (HKU Press, 2018). Michael in 2019 was instrumental in Sydney University Press’s bilingual publication of a translation (by Ely Finch) of the first novel of Chinese Australian literature, The Poison of Polygamy. Michael’s current research includes a history of the White Australia policy’s Dictation Test, an investigation of the long history of Chinese Opera in Australia, and a general history of the Chinese in Australia.

In line with his belief that history should not be confined behind academic firewalls or restricted to lovers of footnotes, Michael has a long-term commitment to the CAHS as a bridge between the Chinese Australian community and professional historians. In line with this belief Michael has also constructed a web based project entitled Chinese Australian history in 88 Objects which takes 88 random objects and explains in 500 words or less their connection to the wider history of Chinese Australia. 

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